A sudden storm causes disruption in Central Hawke's Bay, and a $1.8m grant helps the Hundertwasser Arts Centre project move closer to its target. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Stores were flooded and hail blanketed streets after a sudden storm hit Central Hawke's Bay yesterday.

A new grant of $1.8 million for the Hundertwasser Arts Centre project brings the money in the bag to only 20 per cent short of the target.

Tauranga City Council has just released a new app for parking in the city, allowing customers to pay for parking remotely.

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Rotorua's police area commander will be back at work today after reportedly filing papers to fight a ​driving infringement notice.