Four Rotorua firefighters will climb 90 flights of stairs to show respect for their comrades who gave their lives during 9/11, and the costs of the Havelock North water crisis continue to mount up for the Hastings council. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

As the 15th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, four local firefighters are preparing to climb more than 90 flights of stairs to show respect for their comrades that gave their lives to save others.

Although more than $700,000 will be allocated in response to the Havelock North water supply crisis, that is not the end of costs for the Hastings District Council.

A Whangarei dairy farmer has been fined $3000 after two of his cows died on their way to an abattoir and a similar number had to be put down on arrival.

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Papamoa Hills Regional Park will temporarily close on October 5 for up to four months due to a pine harvest operation on land leased for and adjacent to the park.

Whanganui house prices are surging - and it's unfashionable Castlecliff that is leading the growth across the district.