Problem poopers in Tauranga and slashed tyres in Hawke's Bay are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A smelly situation - a Tauranga retailer is apparently sick of homeless people "pooing" at the back of his shop.

A Hawke's Bay motelier received a rude shock after waking to find his car tyres were slashed over the weekend.

On yer bikes! Rotorua Crankworx has been a resounding success with thousands turning out to witness the "phenomenal" event . Check out more detailed coverage here.

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A well-behaved and bumper crowd of more than 5000, great music, food and wine marked Whangarei's third annual Fritter Festival.

The $100k fine from Ruapehu Alpine Lifts after a diesel spill has been a "boon" for the area.

And finally, ever wondered what it would be like to wear an entire outfit made from chocolate?