Kiwifruit blocks in Western Bay of Plenty are being snapped up in what is being described as "a land grab", and a 1930s house sells at auction for $240,000. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Orchard sales in the Western Bay of Plenty have jumped as demand for kiwifruit blocks outstrips supply with one agent describing it as "a land grab".

The 1930s house dubbed 'like walking through a museum' sells for $240,000 at auction.

Rotorua's first female-only apartment block is getting such interest developers are already looking for a site for a second one - but it has also raised some eyebrows around whether it is discriminatory.


A forestry machine operator who took three days unauthorised leave was unjustifiably dismissed after his boss wrongly thought he had abandoned his position.

Fast hands and an ability to concentrate is taking one Turakina teenager around the world as part of the New Zealand Black Stacks team.

A coroner has identified wrong rescue gear, the wearing of waders and possible impairment by a lifejacket as being contributing factors in the death of a Greytown whitebaiter swept out to sea at Lake Ferry last August.