Headlines around the regions today include New Zealand's first Olympic medallist, as well as a heroic dog, getting recognition.
A spelling error may have been to blame for a 100-year delay in a Northland athlete being recognised as NZ's first Olympic participant and medallist.
"I really don't think I would be alive now if Nikki hadn't got me out."
A dog that pulled its Wanganui owner out of a car wreck has been posthumously granted hero status - 17 years later.
Rotorua is looking at building a steam kitchen alongside its Kuirau Park footpools, a project to be jointly developed with its sister city in Japan.
A former lifeguard is cycling from Christchurch to Tauranga to raise money for a scholarship in memory of a boy who was very fond of lifesaving.
Two tourists were involved in a nightmare crash, when their car bounced off a logging truck, then a rock wall in Whangarei.
Napier's new MP Stuart Nash maintains he's "Labour to the core" after an email emerged linking him to right-wing political strategist Simon Lusk.
Exciting plans for a new BBC crime series set in Rotorua are being developed by the producers of Downton Abbey and a Kiwi-based Emmy-award nominated writer.