A longtime fan has met a "rock god" in Rotorua and an amusement ride worker in Masterton is wracked with guilt - these are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A chance encounter has led to a "dream come true" for a Rotorua rock fan.

Guilt is "wracking" an untrained amusement ride worker in Masterton who "swapped" his post at a giant inflatable slide shortly before it collapsed.

A Hawke's Bay woman is lucky to be alive after her horse threw her off, forcing her to land on her head.


A juvenile great white shark has been enjoying a swim into the surf at Te Kohanga/Shipwreck Bay.

Four gifted Bay dancers have been accepted to train at the prestigious New Zealand School of Dance. Check out the video here.

Photos from the 1995 occupation of Pakaitore will go on display for the first time at the Whanganui Regional Museum this week.

And finally, in Whangarei, several older women have shown you are never too old to take an interest in the catwalk.