A Hastings councillor and mayor are at odds over timekeeping, and a man found guilty of sexual conduct with a 5-year-old girl avoids jail. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Hastings District councillor Wayne Bradshaw has called again for mayor Lawrence Yule to produce documented evidence of the time he spends away from Hastings in his other roles.

No previous convictions for similar offending and never having been to jail were some of the reasons given by a judge in not jailing a man for sexual conduct with a 5-year-old girl.

Health and safety rules have thwarted a bid to convince skeptical ratepayers that the council's civic offices were not fit for human habitation.


Chorus announces the completion of its Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network in Rotorua, with almost 27,000 households, businesses, schools and health facilities now having access to fibre.

The Whanganui District Health Board is on the lookout for any historic photos or memorabilia relating to both the board and the Whanganui Hospital.

Masterton car dealer Lawson Hoggard has pulled his unlicensed and unregistered cars from the streets after a number of complaints.