A Tauranga marae is opening its doors twice a week to the homeless, and firefighters save two homes from going up in flames after a property in the middle of them was razed. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A Tauranga marae is opening its doors twice a week to homeless Bay residents, offering them food, showers and washing facilities.

The quick actions of firefighters saved two properties from going up in flames after a holiday home in the middle of them was razed.

Esk View Playgroup is set to open its doors again, less than seven months after being hit by fire.

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A request to increase prices at Polynesian Spa has been put off - with Rotorua Lakes Council asking for more information before it makes a final decision.