A campervan in Te Puke goes up in flames this morning, and a one of New Zealand's oldest tourist destinations will receive an $18 million makeover. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A flaming campervan has sparked a call out in Te Puke this morning. Firefighters were on the scene around 10:30am to battle the fire.

One of New Zealand's oldest tourism destinations, Te Puia/New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, is set for an $18 million transformation.

The mushroom farm may have been the focus of last night's public meeting but it was a new school for Havelock North that caused the biggest stink.


The only New Zealand navy ship lost to enemy action in New Zealand waters was commemorated over the weekend on the 75th anniversary of that fateful day.

Whanganui district councillors are cautioned over any inquiry into the failed wastewater treatment plant.

A controversial decision to appoint two iwi representatives to standing committees of Masterton District Council, with speaking and voting rights, is now facing a fresh challenge.