Stories making headlines around the regions today include Women's Refuge workers 'bombarded with abuse' and a man with terminal cancer told to vacate his home.

Refuge workers at Tauranga Women's Refuge are 'getting bombarded with abuse' as the housing shortage in Tauranga worsens.

Aged 68 and with terminal cancer, this Northland man and his wife, were ordered to evacuate their home of 18 years.

A talented violinist from a Bay of Plenty college won an award in an American competition which will take her to the bright lights of New York.

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Meanwhile, this solo mum, who was selected to represent New Zealand at a United Nations event next month, needs your help to get there.

Several major events in the Wairarapa district, all scheduled for the same weekend, are giving motel owners a headache.

The Kaikohe Business Association says the Ministry of Social Development's rules for preferred whiteware is forcing local businesses into liquidation.

And finally, hard work has paid of for these Rotorua locals: Headed by Labour MP Tamati Coffey, this group was named the best float at Auckland's Pride Parade and this Rotorua man was crowned New Zealand's BBQ King.