Staff at a Napier McDonald's intervene in a fight between two women in which one was holding a knife, and a Tauranga mother is furious when she finds out that her teenage son was left stranded by a bus driver after vomiting. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Staff at a Taradale McDonald's bravely intervened in a fight outside the building yesterday when two women, one holding a knife, got into a scuffle.

A Tauranga mother is furious after a bus driver, from Intercity bus service, drove off and left her teenage son and a friend stranded after he was sick on the bus.

A water outage in Reporoa has forced two local schools to close today. Reporoa School and Reporoa College started sending students home after discovering there was no water to the schools.


Police have completed two of the biggest cannabis busts in Northland for at least two decades. In total, 68,499 cannabis plants were destroyed, 124 people arrested and 41 firearms seized.

Whanganui comedian Matt Stellingwerf has been nominated for New Zealand's top comedy honour, the Billy T James award.

Wairarapa drivers are facing waits of up to two weeks for windscreen chip repairs, and SH2 roadworks are being blamed. Steen McGhie of Wairarapa Windscreens said his repair workload had doubled since the summer roadworks began.