Some stories making headlines around our regions today include: Next Top Model winner Danielle Hayes gets a dream job at Paris Fashion Week and a couple in Napier get to keep a $53,000 car for free.

Being asked to walk in Jean Paul Gaultier's show during Paris Fashion Week remains a dream for most models around the world. Not so for Kawerau's Danielle Hayes.

Norm and Barb Wilkinson with Honda's Neil Dunn and the new car they ended up paying nothing for. Photo/Paul Taylor
Norm and Barb Wilkinson with Honda's Neil Dunn and the new car they ended up paying nothing for. Photo/Paul Taylor

A lucky Napier couple keep $53,000 car for free.

A specialist grip-testing machine will be used to test slippery pavement in central Whangarei.

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Papamoa man Lew Tubby has made more than 140 wig stands for free.

Raiders targeted the golf shop at Masterton Golf Course for the second time in just over three weeks - stealing gear worth about $20,000.

And finally, the odour fence surrounding Wanganui's wastewater treatment plant has been switched off, saving the ratepayers up to $5000 a day.