The winner of Mastermind New Zealand is auctioning the famous winning chair from the show, and Whangarei bar owners and restaurateurs are frustrated with a lack of evening public transport. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

William Barnes, the winner of Mastermind New Zealand, has listed the famous chair on Trade Me in support of the Samuel Gibson Memorial Trust.

The lack of evening public transport in Whangarei is again under the spotlight, with bar owners and restaurateurs saying a forum is needed to address the problem.

Rotorua was inundated with visitors over Labour Weekend, so much so that people had to stay as far away as Ohakune or Morrinsville if they wanted a room.


Work officially began on the Tauranga waterfront revamp this morning with a blessing and sod-turning held three minutes after the morning's rain cleared.

Whanganui's emergency services have been boosted with local music-only radio station Brian FM offering to be a vital link in broadcasting essential messages during a civil emergency.