Northland police hand out more than 500 infringement notices in just one week and a Rotorua cricketer hit by a delivery will make a slow return back to work one month on. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A motorist clocked doing 152km/h in an 80km/h zone was among more than 500 infringement notices issued in just one week by Northland police for a raft of offences, including 176 for speeding.

The Rotorua cricketer who suffered swelling to the brain after being hit by a delivery last month will start a phased return to work this week.

A mother and her three children are "extremely lucky" to survive a crash after her car swerved off into a bank on State Highway 5 yesterday.


Priority One are predicting an excess of $350 million over the next five years will be invested in Tauranga's city centre with hopes of building a new hotel, planned university-led tertiary and research campus and the development of a new civic campus.

Official Information Act documents released show that the Whanganui District Health Board owes its staff more than $4.8 million in leave, with one in three employees owed more than four weeks.

Eketahuna Camping Ground is busting for more toilet facilities but is unlikely to get them with the Tararua District Council turning down a request for more toilets. Last month 720 bookings to stay at the camping grounds were made and the current three toilet-shower units on site were simply not enough.