A Masterton boy selflessly asks for foodbank donations instead of birthday presents, and a person is seriously injured after a crash on State Highway 2. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

At an age when most children spend all year anticipating their birthday presents, a Masterton boy has selflessly asked for foodbank donations instead of gifts.

A person has been seriously hurt in a crash on State Highway 2 near Katikati this morning.

The Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme's financial viability will be re-examined by independent auditors after concerns were raised by some Hawke's Bay Regional councillors last week.


Assaults on Lakes hospital staff are on the rise - with almost as many in the first five months of this year as in all of last year.

A State Highway 1 sign that put one "A" too many in Whangarei - reading Whanagarei - will be replaced by the end of this week.