31 days ago

Electric blanket destroys family home

The team from Neighbourly.co.nz

A young Taranaki family is having to start again after a fire caused by an electric blanket destroyed their home

Homeowner Brittany Nawani, said "the blanket was on for a matter of minutes before catching fire and spreading quite fast."

She will no longer be using electric blankets and hoped others learned from their tragedy.

Advice to electric blanket owners is to replace them every five years, but if damage such as cracked wires or failing controller is showing, the blanket should be replaced immediately.
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2 hours ago

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2 hours ago

Vote for Get Growing! You could WIN!

Rachel Clare Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Calling all Get Growing lovers! NZ Gardener's ezine is in the running to win the Magshop People's Choice Award in the Webstar Magazine Media Awards. Click through to their website to vote daily and help us win!

Each vote counts as an entry to win this De'Longhi espresso machine valued at $1,099 or an Icona Capitals kettle and toaster package valued at $369. Simply register your details once, then vote here each day until voting closes on September 4.
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5 days ago

Poll: Do we need stronger alcohol laws?

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangarei Leader

After a two-month-old Northland baby died with a blood alcohol level six times the legal drink driving limit through breastfeeding experts are calling for tougher alcohol rules. Do you agree? (Please put NFP on any comments that are not for publication.)

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Do we need stronger alcohol laws?
  • 20.8% Yes - I agree with higher prices, restricted sale hours, restricted advertising
    20.8% Complete
  • 31.3% No - the rules should stay as they are
    31.3% Complete
  • 45.8% Restrictions are okay but leave the price alone
    45.8% Complete
  • 2.1% Other (please comment below)
    2.1% Complete
48 votes