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.
Preliminary election results sees John Carter re-elected as mayor, despite a high number of challengers. What do you think of the results? Did you vote this year?
Halloween is coming up on October 31, and there'll be lots of spooktacular-ly dressed trick or treaters around the neighbourhood!
Are you looking forward to seeing them? Will you be celebrating Halloween?
10.3% I love it - one of my favorite times of the year10.3% Complete
2.2% I use it as an excuse to dress up!2.2% Complete
22.1% Hate it - we shouldn't celebrate evil and darkness22.1% Complete
37.6% It's a nuisance - I won't be answering the door on the night37.6% Complete
27.7% It's just like any other day for me27.7% Complete
MetService has issued a heavy rain warning for Northland.
Valid: 17 hours from 1:00pm Monday to 6:00am Tuesday.
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Expect 80 to 100mm to accumulate in the east, and 50 to 80mm elsewhere. Peak intensities 15 to 25mm per hour, with thunderstorms possible.
An update for severe weather will be issued by 9:00pm Monday 14 Oct 2019.