After months of build-up, the Hawke's Bay Summer F.A.W.C! kicks off tomorrow, and Far North power users get an early Christmas present. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

After months of countdown, Summer F.A.W.C! is set to kick off tomorrow with the F.A.W.C! Launch Party in the Black Barn Market Round.

More than 31,000 Far North power users will get an early Christmas present on their next power bill - a lines charge discount from power company Top Energy.

Permanent and long-term international migration to Rotorua is at its highest level in more than 25 years.


Local community organisations and households will be $40 million better off this year, thanks to distributions made by TECT (Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust).

Updated estimates for the rebuild of Whanganui's wastewater treatment plant show costs have come down but residential ratepayers will still be looking at significant hikes in their rates bill once the plant is operating.