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.

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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.

Merenia Donne's late German shepherd Nikki has received the Eukanuba Canine Hero Award for her actions.
Merenia Donne's late German shepherd Nikki has received the Eukanuba Canine Hero Award for her actions.

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.