A $20 million re-development of the Papamoa Plaza is ahead of schedule and expected to open in October, and Taradale Primary School's swimming pool is set to close because of structural risks. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

The $20 million dollar Papamoa Plaza re-development is ahead of schedule with a new food court due to open in October.

A central part of Taradale Primary School and the wider community's swimming history is set to close in December because of what engineering reports have deemed are structural risks.

Two Northland high school acts are in with a chance of making the national final of the Smokefreerockquest from more than 700 nationwide that entered the country's premier youth music competition.

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The Rotorua Musical Theatre scored a coup in securing the rights to the musical Evita, a show that hasn't been performed in the city for more than 26 years.