Vandals remove memorial crosses placed as part of the Spirit of Anzac celebrations, and an elderly woman is carried to safety from her burning home in a dramatic fire rescue. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Just over a week ago Taradale RSA president Peter Grant proudly helped oversee the placing of 66 memorial crosses as part of the Spirit of Anzac celebrations, but yesterday vandals had pulled out about half of them.

An elderly woman critically injured in a house fire in Whanganui last night was carried from her home over the shoulders of a firefighter before CPR was performed.

Three Tauranga girls are losing their long locks and are giving their pony tails to those who need it. The hair will be turned into wigs for cancer patients.

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Three hundred pieces of valuable memorabilia will now stay in Rotorua after the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust (RECT) purchased the collection, donating it to the Rotorua Museum for safe keeping and display.

Police have found a Whangarei man who was wanted along with his younger brother after the pair allegedly cut off electronic monitoring bracelets and fled.

A crack team of DOC rangers last night fought time and tide to refloat a two-tonne beaked whale found stranded on a South Wairarapa beach on Wednesday.