Hawke's Bay wines clean up at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, and a council's decision to cancel a New Year's event has led to fears of out-of-control beach parties. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Hawke's Bay wines have picked up 26 gold medals at this year's Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

Council's decision to cancel Mount Maunganui's New Year's event could spark out-of- control beach parties, a security worker says.

Malcolm and Maryanne Pearce say the battle continues to rebuild their reputation, which they say has been "totally destroyed" by a once-trusted former employee.


Northland's chief environmental watchdog has warned dairy farmers to sort out effluent discharge flows or face hefty fines after a sharp increase in significant non compliance this year and record fines this week.

Sweet red roses were in abundance at Red Cross on Thursday, and on Friday about 650 of them will be delivered to Whanganui homes and workplaces.