An all gluten-free takeaway shop opens in Rotorua, and hooded thieves used a hammer and a knife to rob a female worker at Meeanee Store. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Two Rotorua entrepreneurs have opened a new takeaway shop with a difference, the entire menu is gluten-free.

Hooded thieves who used a hammer and a knife to rob a worker in the Meeanee Store at the weekend were watched by a neighbour through binoculars shortly before the crime.

A former Tauranga senior constable will receive a New Zealand Bravery Medal after risking his own life for a young man who had plunged into icy waters after a car crash in 2013.

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A Northland sharemilker has been ordered to pay two labourers nearly $33,000 in wage arrears and lost remuneration.

Patea's greenwaste site could be shut down from January 1 next year because locals have not heeded warnings not to dump unnecessary waste.