Rotorua is taking out the trash and Kaitaia claims a "miracle" escape - these are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A Rotorua 'earth guardian' is tracking down owners of dumped rubbish and returning it to them as part of a new reality television series. Check out the video here.

The two vehicle crash in Kaitaia that "T-boned" a van has been lauded as a "miracle" escape for those involved.

Do you have a spare $12m lying around? Well now you can buy your own island off Matauri Bay.

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Two children and their dad have had a lucky escape in the Wairarapa after submerged tree branch put a hole in their hired fibreglass boat.

Harrington House in Tauranga is about to become a famous work of art.

A swimming coach training in Australia is apparently getting half his salary from the Hastings District Council.

And finally the X Factor hopeful who was convicted of manslaughter in Wanganui has claimed his success was simply "tearing down another wall".