Two men have survived a house fire thanks to working smoke alarms, and a local man reflects on the day he and his grandfather met boxing great Muhammad Ali in 1979. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Working smoke alarms are credited with saving the lives of two men last night, after the house they were in caught on fire.

As the world mourned the passing of boxing great Muhammad Ali, Northlander Jared Nordstrom received the news with a mixture of sadness and gratitude as he remembers the day he and his grandfather met the three-time world heavyweight champion.

New figures show the value of residential consents issued in Tauranga last month jumped 49 per cent to $41.4 million compared to May 2015.

Advertisement

More than 30 people spent time stretching and breathing deeply, not only for their own health but for the health of others on Sunday night.

A Whanganui couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday with friends and family from around the country.

Uniformed members of the Right Wing Resistance group will join a Justice for Moko March in Masterton to protest child abuse.