A man is jailed after been found guilty of attacking an ex-flatmate, and a overheated meter box sparks an emergency call out. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A man has been jailed for four years after he was found guilty of breaking into his former flatmate's home, assaulting him, binding his legs with duct tape and threatening to kill him.

An overheated meter box was the subject of an emergency call out in Mount Maunganui overnight.

Rotorua's David Blackmore can now lay claim to being one of the few New Zealanders to swim the Gibraltar Strait.


A woman in her 40s has been airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital after being attacked by a dog.

The sorry state of dead and dying plane trees on Masterton District Council-owned land off Johnstone St on the town's east side has again raised the anger of ratepayers.