The death of a brave battler in Northland and bashed cars in Wanganui are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A "feisty nonagenarian" who touched the hearts of hundreds of people in Northland has passed away in her Tikipunga home.

A Wanganui man who had been drinking didn't appreciate his keys being taken from him - so he decided to beat up some cars.

A burglar apparently bit off more than they could chew when they attempted to rob a Carterton house of bags of meat - then had to flee.

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This Katikati man has raced his horse against some of the toughest riders in the world - and has come out in the top three.

Rotorua primary school students have had a very special visit from a new furry friend.

A Hastings Boys' High student is one of just one per cent of scouts worldwide to achieve a Queen's Scout award.

And finally, a Kaitaia man has been recognised for bravery and heroism in the Pride of New Zealand Awards.