The jury has gone out in the Craig Rippon murder trial, and Tararua residents are being urged to conserve water. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

The jury has gone out in the Craig Rippon murder trial being heard in the High Court at Whanganui.

Despite the Tararua District Council's Pahiatua water bore now operating, residents are still being urged to conserve water.

The supermaxi yacht CQS - formerly known as Nicorette - has been relaunched after a year-long rebuild at Tauranga's Southern Ocean Boats.

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Kea Street Specialist School principal Sherie Collins says they are very grateful for the money received from The Warehouse Rotorua's Bags for Good campaign.

The principal of a school which came first in a Northland kapa haka competition says it was "awesome" to see the range of schools who had entered this year.