One Rotorua marae is looking to open its doors to the homeless, but others in the community aren't so sure about the idea, while schools and youth facilities are being targeted by burglars with school holidays underway. These are just two of the headlines around the region today.

Apumoana Marae committee member and spokesman Eraia Kiel said the committee had been discussing the housing problem in Rotorua and wanted to do something to help.

Police state they have already had four schools and youth facilities burgled around the Hawkes Bay region, and are only in to the second day of the holidays.

A stolen vehicle used in an armed robbery of a Northland petrol station has been found, but police are seeking sightings of a second vehicle believed to be involved in the robbery.


Members of the Project Password cyber-safety campaign visited Mount Maunganui to test the strength of people's passwords.

An increase in the Fonterra forecast milk price to above $5 per kilogram has lifted the morale of Northland dairy farmers.