Election officials are warning people not to vote for a Whangarei candidate who was found not to be a New Zealand citizen, and a small crowd gathered to see Tauranga Crossing open its doors this morning. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

"Don't vote for this candidate" is the word from election officials, after a woman contesting Whangarei's council elections was found not to be a New Zealand citizen.

A small crowd of around 15 people braved the rain to see the doors open of Tauranga Crossing, Tauranga's newest and largest shopping complex.

Greenpeace's stunt of "uplifting" the Ruataniwha Dam site office to the Hawke's Bay Regional Council building in Napier was reported to police but the council chose not to take any further action.


A peaceful protest against cannabis laws will be held in Rotorua this weekend, one of many being held around New Zealand.

Whanganui educators Brenda Kidd and Nina Miller spoke to a meeting of 700 teaching union members at the Wanganui Racecourse Eulogy Lounge last week about the Government's global funding proposal.