Rangitikei District Council receives a $7000 bill for 10 years worth of lawn mowing outside their property, and a Whangarei man buys his first home in Northland's most sought-after suburb for under $400k. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A resident has sent a cheeky $7000 bill to Rangitikei District Council for mowing the grass outside their property. The invoice sent in by one ratepayer was for 10 years of work keeping the berm tidy.

A Whangarei nurse has landed his first home in the most sought-after suburb in Northland for just $356,000.

Three lucky people drove away in their own brand new Hyundai cars yesterday thanks to the Napier RSA's lottery that raised money for its educational trust.


The Tauranga City Council was forced to shut down its entire computer system after receiving a cyber threat from overseas yesterday. The shut down caused problems for anyone attempting to pay a bill online.

A farming community near Rotorua, reeling from being hit by burglars, has called an urgent public meeting to find its own solutions.