Stories making headlines around the regions today include an elderly escapee and wild weather around the country.

A rest home resident in Wanganui has been on a cheeky bender involving food and vodka.

Rotorua and Bay of Plenty residents were treated to a stormy spectacle yesterday. Here are some pictures:

captured some spectacular action with his video camera.

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A man resisting arrest took things to the limit in Whangarei this week.

Is your power bill breaking your budget? Maybe the bills aren't so bad after all.

Meanwhile, a fun loving mother says children in Greytown are being "wrapped in cotton wool".

If you love the sun you should love your sunglasses says a Bay of Plenty expert.

Rosie and Mark Frood were seen in Pilot Bay yesterday, sporting their sunglasses. Photo / Ruth Keber
Rosie and Mark Frood were seen in Pilot Bay yesterday, sporting their sunglasses. Photo / Ruth Keber