A Hokianga building has won a major international award, and a Lotto player in Wairoa won $500,00. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A Hokianga building has won an international award for best use of colour. The Wedge took out the top prize in the commercial exterior category of the recent Resene Colour Awards.

The $30 million Lotto Powerball jackpot may not have been struck, but a lucky Wairoa punter walked away with $500,000.

Mum-to-be Moana Ngatai has given up smoking for the sake of her unborn son and is encouraging other expectant mums to do the same.


A former John Paul College student impressed judges, taking out the top spot at the New Zealand Aria competition.

Members of St Anthony's Catholic Church in Gonville celebrated one of their important festivals with a procession through the streets of Gonville on Sunday morning.