Whanganui flatmates have turned to Facebook to try and sell an unwanted homemade coffin, and a 13-year-old Rotorua girl is setting her sights on future Olympic Games. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A couple of Whanganui flatmates have turned to Facebook to offload an unwanted homemade coffin.

Competing for gold at a future Olympic Games is not a far-fetched goal in the mind of a Rotorua 13-year-old who has wowed her club with a near-perfect smallbore shooting score.

Overharvesting of Northland pine forests to satisfy a global demand for timber could force the closure of the region's wood processing businesses and loss of jobs for about 1600 workers.


The two companies charged in relation to the Waihi Dam denied their charges yesterday.

New cars, new houses and record exports of kiwifruit are helping keep the Bay of Plenty's economic growth strong.