A Maori lawyer is helping an American tribe fight for rights in the United States, and a rare native butterfly is causing a flutter. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A lawyer with links to Ngati Whakaue is helping an American tribe fight the construction of an oil pipeline near its reservation.

A beautiful, rarely seen, highly endangered butterfly is causing such a flutter a lepidopterist from Sir David Attenborough's Butterfly Conservation in the UK is heading to Northland to study it.

Pandora Pond will become the owner of Hawke's Bay's first ever inflatable playground when "Splash 'n' Play" is introduced next Friday.


Rotorua's Croucher Brewing has snapped up a trophy at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand 2016 Beer Awards.