A Dannevirke freezing worker got an unexpected surprise when he found out that he had won $5000, and the self-driving car hits the streets of Bay of Plenty. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Dannevirke freezing worker Aaron Te Kahi couldn't believe his luck when told he'd won an unexpected $5000 in an NZCU Baywide personal loan promotion.

Bay of Plenty drivers dubious about self-driving cars may be inclined to stay off the roads today as the first public road demonstration takes place.

NorthTec's acting chief executive says it will be a "difficult time for staff" after indications the polytechnic could lose $2.3 million in funding for programmes crucial for young people with few qualifications.

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The Ngongotaha Volunteer Fire Brigade turns 75 this weekend and the public is invited to its birthday party.

Virginia Lake has its annual algal olfactory assault a little earlier this year - and it really stinks.