In an attempt to attract more tourists driving along State Highway One, a new Whangarei sign will replace the old ones, and a Havelock North resident celebrates her 100th birthday yesterday. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Four-metre high "living walls" shouting WHANGAREI will soon urge tourists off State Highway One, in an attempt to address the city's unattractive entrances.

Havelock North resident Ethel Lamount celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday and can still vividly remember her first day of High School.

A shortage of houses has helped push up the median sale price in Rotorua, and buyers are becoming increasing frustrated when competing for properties.

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Bay business opportunities and the chance to embrace lifestyle and family connections have lured four siblings back to the region.