Stories making headlines around the regions today include students put their school up for sale, a new threat to a smoke-free campaign and Sir Paul Holmes is commemorated.

Picturesque grounds, prime Greytown location, and 500 students - Kuranui College is for sale and it can all be yours, according to a fancy real estate sign.

Smoke-free campaigners fighting to reduce cancer rates have a new threat to deal with: home-grown tobacco.

Renowned sculptor James Wright commemorated the memory of his dear friend Sir Paul Holmes by gifting a one-of-a-kind statue to the Hawke's Bay Hospital Soldiers' Memorial Garden yesterday afternoon.


When Greg Valenzuela was made redundant from his job, he figured there was no better time to follow his dreams. The 48-year-old has spent two years cycling his way around the world and yesterday spent time in Rotorua as part of his cycling expedition.

A man was hit by a car and fence palings were used as weapons after a Guy Fawkes party in Tauranga erupted in a brawl.

There are grave fears for the future of the Far North's bee industry as disease strikes.

And finally, two former Raetihi boys were back in town filming Mending the Makotuku which documents last year's disastrous diesel spill on Mt Ruapehu.