As flames engulfed the crashed car, firefighter Buddy Harwood knew an explosion was only minutes away.
A Te Puke man whose GP stole his identity to obtain anti-depressants says the doctor's actions "wrecked" his life.
UPDATED 2.21pm: Anyone heading over the Kaimai Range today should take care as a severe weather warning of strong winds has been issued by MetService.
A man's leg has been crushed in a forestry accident on Matakana Island.
Prime Minister John Key was welcomed by an enthusiastic young crowd at Tauranga Boys' College this morning.