NZ at Noon: Road carnage, moon madness and a 600kg boar

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Jack Thom (14) of Balclutha with Toby the Boar which is off the Cromwell. Photo / Peter McIntosh
Jack Thom (14) of Balclutha with Toby the Boar which is off the Cromwell. Photo / Peter McIntosh

Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon on Monday include carnage on the roads, perhaps the most photographed moon ever, talk jockey and sometimes at council meetings Michael Laws, a 600kg boar taking a boy for a ride and a change in Dunedin student's drinking culture - well in the halls anyway.

On the roads, a suspected drink-driver has slammed into a parked car in Papamoa, emergency services chopped the roof off a minivan to free a passenger trapped for an hour near Turangi, a 5-year-old girl has been hit by a ute in Rotorua and there's been a horror smash in Hawke's Bay. In Dunedin, a man failed to take a corner and crashed into a bank.

News photographers have been obessed with taking photos of the moon in places such as Dunedin and Hawke's Bay and in fact just about everywhere across the globe.

Northlanders are pumping over $85,000 per day into pokie machines and $34,000 of that is believed to come from problem gamblers.

Meanwhile angry politicians have managed to get the finish date for the Puhoi to Warkworth section of the Auckland/Northland highway brought forward by seven years in about a day.

Two Wanganui councillors have big gaps in their attendance records, and not mentioning names but radio Talk Jockey Michael Laws is one of them. Meanwhile Wanganui men have built a Men's Shed but it's not really because women can hang out there as well.

A Masterton man has been found unconscious in a pool of blood but it is unclear how he got there.

Seven people are interested in the long-term plans for Masterton while 20,000 people were interested in guzzling wine and food at the Martinborough Fair at the weekend.

The global wine glut has caused a slump in Gisborne's economic performance.

The Ashburton Library may have inadvertantly shot itself in the foot after providing free internet access for all-comers. Meanwhile ducks were teasing hunters in Mid Canterbury at the weekend.

In Otago, a 14 year old boy had a great weekend riding a 600kg boar called Toby.

There's apparently been a change in drinking culture at Dunedin's student halls, with drinking games banned. The student drinking antics in trees however have become a global phenomenon.

A rates revolt is brewing in Westland as angry residents oppose rises of up to 19 percent.

Two American tourists who were sold a "lemon" car in Auckland have now had it stolen with most of their stuff in it while staying in Oamaru after saving for more than a year to visit us. Be on the lookout for a blue and grey Subaru station wagon with the number plate ZY3657.

And for those who slagged off The GC on social media last week but are secretly preparing to watch it again this week here is a gratuitous photo gallery to feed the monster.

The top trending items on Twitter at noon were: White Chicks, #supermoon, #CRUvRED, Emma Horan, Sherlock Holmes, Dane Nielsen, Kim Dotcom, Hollande, Sarkozy and France.

- NZ Herald

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