Prime Minister John Key's presence at Waitangi Day 2017 is still undecided, and a Greerton Lotto player wins just over $19,000. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Whether or not the prime minister will be present at next year's annual pre-Waitangi Day powhiri is still up in the air after no decision was made at a hui held to discuss 2017 commemorations.

A Greerton Lotto player has walked away with $19,286 after striking success during last night's draw.

American wine writer and judge at the Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards was impressed by what the Bay had to offer.

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Rotorua's road toll for 2016 is set to be the highest in more than five years with the current total of deaths so far already three higher than 2015.

There will be plenty of reminiscing when a group of retired motor traders and mechanics gets together for a reunion in Whanganui this week.