A woman is jailed after attempting to blackmail a 87-year-old pensioner, and a Bay doctor is censured and fined for fraudulently obtaining drugs. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A Hastings woman has been sentenced to 21 months' jail for blackmailing a 87-year-old pensioner with demands he pay thousands of dollars amid threats he would be "framed" with claims of sexual offences against an under-age girl.

A Bay doctor who fraudulently obtained drugs over eight years has been censured and fined by the Health Practitioners' Disciplinary Tribunal.

Construction has begun on a major new entertainment complex in Lynmore, which is set to be New Zealand's largest all-weather indoor entertainment centre.


Twenty-five manholes costing $1.3 million to replace mark the start of the huge repair bills ratepayers face in bringing the botched Marsden City development up to spec.

Sixty-eight jobs will be lost in Whanganui with carpet maker Cavalier Bremworth announcing it is consolidating a major part of its operation in Napier.