NZ@Noon: Car smashes through house

CLEAN-UP: Family and friends gathered to help clear the debris after a car drove straight through a house on Gravatt Rd.
CLEAN-UP: Family and friends gathered to help clear the debris after a car drove straight through a house on Gravatt Rd.

Stories making the headlines around the regions include a lucky escape for a Papamoa man and charges after a go-kart joy ride.

A trip to the kitchen most likely saved the life of a Papamoa man after an out-of-control car smashed through one side of his house and out the other.

A man is facing charges after a go-kart joy ride resulted in a police pursuit and arrest at a restaurant drive-thru.

LOCK UP: The go-kart was removed from the scene on a tow truck and will be impounded for the next 28 days.
LOCK UP: The go-kart was removed from the scene on a tow truck and will be impounded for the next 28 days.

An investigation has been launched by MidCentral District Health Board into the alleged poisoning of an Eketahuna farmer by spray drift from a helicopter.

An isolated home and a bach rebuilt only days ago after an earlier arson attack have been destroyed by suspicious fires in the Far North.

CHARRED: Furniture inside the Edmund Rd property was destroyed when fire tore through the house yesterday. PHOTO/BEN FRASER
CHARRED: Furniture inside the Edmund Rd property was destroyed when fire tore through the house yesterday. PHOTO/BEN FRASER

A Rotorua house has been destroyed and will likely need to be torn down after a large fire.

Finally police and council staff are on the lookout after an impounded horse was taken from the Ruapehu District Council pound in Taumarunui. It follows a similar breakout in September.

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