State Highway 1 is closed after a truck caught fire, and police in Whangarei are seeking witnesses to a fatal crash at a busy intersection. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A truck carrying mainly paper products has caught fire south of Taupo causing State Highway 1 to close.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal crash at a busy Whangarei intersection to contact investigating officers.

Whanganui fire chief Bernie Rush has expressed concern at the spate of house fires in the area over the past month after there were seven incidents last week alone.

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All Havelock North schools are now closed as a result of the gastro outbreak this week.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is reminding whitebaiters to be aware of whitebait regulations as the 2016 season begins this month.