NZ@Noon: Family lucky to escape car inferno

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Lucky escape for family whose car burst into flames.
Lucky escape for family whose car burst into flames.

A family is lucky to escape serious harm after their car burst into flames and a teenage mother of twins has been sentenced to three years in jail for dealing drugs. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A family narrowly escaped serious harm when the car they had been driving through the Kaimai ranges exploded in flames minutes after they jumped out.

A teenage mother of twins has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of dealing $30,000 worth of methamphetamine.

After more than a year of preparations the centennial for Houngarea Marae is finally here.

The celebrations will take place this Wednesday - 100 years since the relocation to where the wharenui now stands.

Despite the owners of the Lumbercube mill spending $1.5 million on noise reduction, Rotorua residents are still split when it comes to whether or not the improvements have worked.

An orca whale that was stranded on a South Taranaki beach last night has died after a late night recovery effort to get it back to sea was unsuccessful.

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