NZ at Noon: iPhone cheats and ghetto gone

iFraud: iPhones are increasingly the subject of fraudulent insurance claims.
iFraud: iPhones are increasingly the subject of fraudulent insurance claims.

Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon include an emerging trend for iPhone fraud, new plans for Christchurch's so called "House of Horrors" site and a self confessed anti-union supermarket owner.

iPhone insurance fraud is on the rise with one man pulling his 'lost' iPhone out of his back pocket to check his phone number while the insurance claim was being filled out.

Christchurch's notorious House of Horrors site may become a children's playground. Meanwhile they are demolishing a 'ghetto' in Hastings.

Naina Bhikha agreed that she had not wanted union involvement in Kawakawa Four Square and that she was "anti-union."

A 51-year-old Awarua woman selling her recreational catch from a mobile food caravan is in big trouble.

Meanwhile a Northland grandmother has admitted selling cannabis.

Some people want to blow up the old Kopu Bridge.

Carless days are making a comeback in Rotorua.

When Mike Satchell woke up on Monday after his night shift, he was shocked to see the normally clear, blue stream in his back yard had changed to a murky white. Meanwhile in Taupo gas-gobbling bacteria is being used to clean Waikato River water.

She may be 80 but the 'crafty fox' can still volley with the best of them.

Some Tauranga students arrive at high school with a reading age of only 10.

It's still a puzzle as to why a set of tyres flew off a truck and crushed a car on State Highway 2.

British armed forces are keen to show up for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gate Pa.

Does your four legged friend look like Hairy Maclary?

A man who was Tasered after allegedly crashing a stolen car while drunk during a full-scale police pursuit near Pakipaki is facing 11 charges.

Sealing the roads into Te Urewera and Lake Waikaremoana could now be a more viable proposition.

Here's a video on burying a 50 tonne sperm whale.

Just five months after her first cochlear implant toddler Emily Robinson can talk to her parents and loves dancing to music.

No Wairarapa eateries have had any hygienic issues in the year ending July, 2012.

Greytown Primary School have launched a tasty schoolyard business.

The Playford family of Mangaweka have been whacked with a 44 per cent rates hike.

Two Christchurch men who have a staggering 47 convictions for driving while banned have appeared in court again. Meanwhile if you call an ambulance in Christchurch a sole paramedic in a car might show up instead.

An increasing number of Mid Canterbury homeowners are expected to challenge their rating valuations in a new post-earthquake environment.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will not visit Dunedin. They won't visit Tauranga either.

Crs Fliss Butcher and Richard Thomson found themselves in the firing line after making seemingly innocuous comments during a full council meeting.

University of Otago researcher Dr Paul Tankard has tracked down a series of lost illustrations for The Lord of the Rings, which were highly praised by author J.R.R. Tolkien but never published.

Waimate and Waitaki students are the least likely in New Zealand to wag school.

Traffic management will be put in place in Oamaru on Saturday when an American pharmaceuticals company films scenes for a television commercial.

16 -year-old Nirvana Drew Reynolds, of Blackball, was lost on his maiden voyage.

Top trending topics on Twitter in NZ at noon were #STWOFonHot30, #MentionSomeoneVerySpecial, #SetThisWolrdOnFire, #TTOT, New Zealand, Twitter, Facebook, #laughing and Auckland.

- nzherald.co.nz

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