Stories hitting the headlines around the regions today include enterprising students try to solve a missing sock problem and an unusual pick-me-up for participants of the Tarawera Trail Marathon.
An innovative team of first year students at Douglas Park School has won the nationwide Fair Go Junior School Ad Award with a slick video about safekeeping your socks.
Two enterprising Northland teens will make you feel inadequate - not only did they start a company making soap out of byproduct of the avocado oil manufacturing process - they now plan to help school kids in Kenya with their latest project.
It's not your usual pick-me-up but tea and scones, complete with jam and cream, will be served to runners and walkers taking part in this Saturday's Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50km race.
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Gisborne mayor Meng Foon has some advice for Wanganui on how to avoid becoming a zombie town.
A Hastings schoolgirl recalls how she managed to avoid being attacked by a man on her way home from school by using her martial arts training.
Missing Tauranga man James Vachre has been found in the Kamai ranges.
Finally, as locations around New Zealand mark Armistice Day today. 83-year-old Betty King was churning out over 140 knitted poppies, in response to the National Army Museum's 'Patriotic Call to Yarn,' commemorating the first soldiers who left New Zealand in 1914 to serve in World War I, and those who subsequently lost their lives.