The Napier to Wairoa line will reopen next year after a deal was struck between Napier Port and KiwiRail, and a Whanganui District councillor gets into a verbal stoush with the council's CEO. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

It's now official - Napier Port and KiwiRail yesterday signed their deal to reopen the Napier to Wairoa rail line for a dedicated log service beginning next year.

A Whanganui District councillor has got into a verbal stoush with the council's chief executive officer over operational costs of the city's $41 million replacement wastewater treatment plant (WWTP).

Another councillor has become embroiled in a saga surrounding a privacy-breach victim who has been pursuing Whangarei District Council over the incident for seven years.

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It's Ekiden time again tomorrow. And that means only one thing. Drive carefully because fashion chaos is about to hit the roads.

Tauranga's struggling downtown shopping centre is to get a major boost with the construction of a new 42-apartment hotel and retail development.