Whangarei's mayor has lashed out at local landlords, calling the CBD "an embarrassment", and the Tauranga City Council breaks its own rules regarding flag flying. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Whangarei's mayor has described the city's CBD as "an embarrassment" and says some landlords need to "pull their socks up" and stop relying entirely on the council to make the city thrive.

The Tauranga City Council was forced into a sudden about- face this week after it emerged that it had broken its own rules by flying the Silver Fern flag at the Elizabeth St roundabout.

Napier City Council could soon be forging a friendship with the Chinese city of Qidong following a recent trip made by Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule.


An array of items and a selection of children's artwork is up for grabs at the annual Professionals McDowell Real Estate Child Cancer Charity Breakfast and Art Auction.

Three years after its wastewater treatment plant failed and was shut down, the Whanganui District Council has finally given the green light for a replacement plant, estimated to cost $38 million.

Greytown locals are angry after the felling of three mature oak trees in the town's historic precinct.