Kiwi music icons The Feelers and The Black Seeds will play at Whangarei's Fritter Festival next year, and Whakatane's Museum and Research Centre receives a $1.5m government grant. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Whangarei's Fritter Festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary in style next year, with a line-up including Kiwi music industry pioneers The Feelers and The Black Seeds.

Whakatane's Museum and Research Centre has received a $1.5m Government grant for its major redevelopment project.

Rising house values have been confirmed by a revaluation of Hastings District, with the average increase 17.9 per cent over the three years to August 1 while the rural sector rose 18.1 per cent.

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The latest addition to Tauranga's booming food truck business has applied for a special liquor licence so people can enjoy a glass of wine or boutique beer with their outdoor meal.

New Zealand's most sought after young poet will read her work in Whanganui on Thursday evening.