Cadbury takes a trip to Rotorua in search of inspiration and ideas for new chocolate flavours, and a Tauranga man accused of committing three armed hold-ups is behind bars. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Cadbury's flavour finders have paid a visit to Rotorua locals to hear ideas and gather inspiration for new chocolate flavours.

A Tauranga man accused of committing three armed hold-ups, including wielding a hammer at a Greerton Lotto shop assistant, before making off with cash, is behind bars.

Another two ram raids targeting Northland businesses have been added to the growing list with thousands of dollars worth of property being stolen in the latest hits.

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Hawke's Bay Police have located Paul Ashley Chadwick, who had a warrant to arrest in relation to a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

A man who burst a water pipe in a police cell with his fist has been ordered to pay for the damage.