A teenage girl who was left unable to speak or move as a result of a brain disease has talked for the first time in four years and regional airline Kiwi Air has expanded its services just two weeks after making its first flight are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A thirteen-year-old girl has spoken for the first time in four years after a brain disease robbed her of speech and movement.

Competition for regional flights is heating up with Tauranga's newest airline partner, Kiwi Air, adding more services just two weeks after its first flights to and from the city.

Hawke's Bay principals are challenged by one of their own to compete in the upcoming Tremains Triathlon.


Constable Elyse Lewis becomes the first female dog handler in the Northland region. Meet the newest member of the team and her police dog Mist.

The tanker driver involved in the triple-death collision in Patea last week is found dead at his home.