Kaimai School kids get an up close experience with an Olympic gold medal, and jury members are deliberating the fate of three Northlanders on serious drug charges. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

It's not every day you get the chance to hold a real Olympics gold medal, but Kaimai School pupils got to do just that when Gary Robertson - gold medallist in the 1972 Munich Olympics - showed up.

Jury members are deliberating the fate of three Northlanders facing serious drug charges that involved the manufacture of 9kg of methamphetamine at a rural house.

For dog owners using the new Park Island walkways, the installation of a drinking and showering station for their hot and thirsty charges was good news - although it lasted only three days after vandals paid a visit to the site.

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Rotorua's winning secondary schools kapa haka team hadn't long returned from a trip to Portugal before taking out the prestigious title.