Tauranga is revealed as the most car dependant city in New Zealand, and at least 142 Northland schools will receive extra funding next year. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Tauranga residents depend on their cars more and are less likely to take public transport than any other city in the country.

At least 142 Northland schools are expected to receive more funding next year under a model which provides schools with $92 per at-risk student.

The 2017 Tremains Art Deco Festival programme went on general public release on Monday and if initial sales to trust members is any indication people may have to get in quick for many of the top events.

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The man accused of attempting to murder four police officers during an alleged two-day siege near Kawerau is refusing to recognise the jurisdiction of the court.

The new cycleway at Gonville School in Whanganui opens on Wednesday and a bunch of young test riders were giving it a big thumbs up this week.