Hawke's Bay Prison celebrates its 48th inmate to achieve a literacy award, and residents in Reporoa band together to help a family who almost lost everything in a house fire. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

There was tears of joy in Hawke's Bay Prison yesterday after another inmate was presented an achievement award for literacy.

Reporoa has come together to help a local family who lost almost everything in a house fire.

A Kerikeri musician has offered a reward for the return of his rare and much loved Les Paul electric guitar that was stolen from Kohukohu last week.

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The Bay of Plenty will have to wait another year for an NBL franchise after the league opted to reject Tauranga City's application for inclusion in the 2017 competition.

South Taranaki District Council has been given the go-ahead to fluoridate the water supply in Waverley and Patea.