A Napier teenager has returned from Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, and 10 new digital devices are gifted to primary schools in Rotorua. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A Napier teenager has touched back down on earth after a trip to outer space - a simulated expedition to space, that is.

Kea St Specialist School students could not hide their excitement when they received 10 new digital devices as part of the Variety Laptops for Learning programme.

A group of Tauranga high school students have beaten out 700 competitors to secure a place in the Smokefreerockquest Top Eight.

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A routine chat with a dog owner ended with a Whangarei animal control officer allegedly assaulted and his vehicle's tyres slashed.