Stories making headlines around the regions today include: a hoax call to police with grave consequences and three friends taking 'socialising' to another level.

A Wanganui man appears in court today after making a hoax call to police which sparked an Armed Offenders Squad (AOS) turning up at a local school.

Three friends got more than they bargained for when their 'magic tea party' spun out of control.

A Tauranga dairy owner was robbed at knifepoint this morning. See the live updates here.

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The hunt is on for Hemi from "up north", after he gave free advice to a New Zealand company - and now they want to pay him for it.

Napier's Art Deco buses are making their debut today transporting excited fans to their venue.

Two Hamilton newlyweds are embarking on a challenge of their lifetime in order for one of them to have a chance at life.

Meanwhile, a Rotorua girls school had to close its doors this week after flash flooding on Wednesday.

And finally, an Auckland chef has won the New Zealand Vegetarian Dish Challenge 2014.