Subway St Johns in Whanganui gives away 1209 Subs, and a driver makes a lucky escape from a car before it burst into flames.These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Saying thanks to their customers meant the team at Subway St Johns in Whanganui barely had time to catch their breath on Saturday after giving each customer a free 6-inch Sub. Exactly 1209 Subs were given away between 11am and 8pm.

A driver has managed to escape a car unhurt before it burst into flames at Waihi today around 11am.

To genetically engineer or not is the multimillion-dollar question that is hanging over the Hastings District agriculture sector.

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Police have been alerted to a number of missing pig hunters in Pureora Forest, which is west of Lake Taupo and east of Te Kuiti.

Former MP and Pacific Economic Ambassador Shane Jones has been hospitalised with suspected dengue fever after a visit to Papua New Guinea.