Stories making headlines across the regions today include a high speed police chase in the Wairarapa and a Rotorua woman left frustrated after police failed to retrieve a stolen hard drive for sale on Facebook.

A 23-year-old Rotorua woman, had lent the hard drive to a friend whose home was then burgled. Days later the hard drive, which contained thousands of photos from over the years, was offered for sale on Facebook.

Northland police are vowing to continue their crackdown on methamphetamine after finding almost 200g of the dangerous drug and tens of thousands of dollars in cash during a number of busts in the past month.

Driving dangerously past schools at speeds of 160km/h in an effort to evade police in an unwarranted and dangerous car has resulted in Karl Thomas Whittall being taken off the road for 10 months.


Three songs written in a few days have Wanganui student Grace McGregor one step closer to showcasing her talents on the national stage.

A Tauranga teen has swapped a future law career to pursue her acting ambitions. The 19-year-old will start a Bachelor of Arts at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London later this year after securing one of 15 places from 4000 international applicants.

And finally, unemployment in Hawke's Bay and Gisborne has dropped again as the national rate hits its lowest point in five years.