Police have cleared up a misunderstanding in which a nine-year-old girl thought she was offered a ride by a stranger, and Dancing with Rotorua Stars raises $107,000 for the Rotorua Community Hospice. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A nine-year-old girl who raised concerns with police over a man who allegedly offered her a ride was found to be mistaken after police spoke to the man, who was actually speaking to another child he was there to pick up.

After months of training and preparation, Harcourts Dancing with Rotorua Stars has raised a whopping $107,000 for the Rotorua Community Hospice.

Mangawhai lifeguards had to rescue two men from a trimaran after it ran aground on Mangawhai Bar in rough seas.


A benefit concert featuring King Kapisi among a line up of New Zealand artists will take place in Tauranga tonight to help out some of the city's most vulnerable families.

Negotiations are continuing around a possible sale of the former National Bank building in Whanganui.