Stories making headlines around the regions today include vandalism in Northland schools and 'money in the air' in Rotorua.

Students at Northland schools are causing havoc by squirting glue into locks and setting tampons on fire.

A tug-of-war between a robber and pokie-playing patrons sent money flying into the air in a Rotorua tavern.

A Wanganui man showed no remorse after hitting a man because he was annoyed about the way the victim was sitting on the couch.


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A Masterton woman who bashed her friend's head with a table leg was sentenced in court this week.

Meanwhile, buyers in the US may soon rug up in some quality New Zealand products from the Bay of Plenty.

Temperatures in the Hawkes Bay are hitting "abnormally low" levels while black ice hit Te Mata Peak.

Ports of Auckland are seeking views for a proposal to set up a memorial to commemorate the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.

And finally, Taipa is still consumed by an intriguing mystery which has now sparked interest from Heritage New Zealand.