More than a thousand people pay their respects to transport icon Jim Barker yesterday afternoon, and Baxter the industrial robot visits Northland from Boston. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

More than a thousand people came to farewell transport icon Jim Barker at a celebration of his life yesterday afternoon.

Baxter, an industrial robot created in Boston, Massachusetts, capable of serving you wine and giving a massage, visited Whangarei's Central Northland Science and Technology Fair this week.

For only a gold coin, fans can watch Hawke's Bay's premier basketball team next season, thanks to a sponsorship deal with Taylor Corporation.

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Rotorua's Ruia Morrison is a legend of New Zealand tennis, and a new book aims to accord her the accolades she deserves.