NZ at Noon: Ghosts and Twitter cows

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Rotorua's Lawrence Lickfold was one of about 30 actors scaring people senseless during Nightmare at the Museum.  Photo / Stephen Parker
Rotorua's Lawrence Lickfold was one of about 30 actors scaring people senseless during Nightmare at the Museum. Photo / Stephen Parker

Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon include an alleged ghost sighting in Hastings, a software developer who has been labelled a Nazi sympathiser and cows are proving popular on Twitter.

A cleaner apparently saw a ghost in a Hastings building and fled the scene. Meanwhile people were running and screaming through the corridors of Rotorua's museum in fear at the weekend.

A Dunedin software developer has been labelled a Nazi sympathiser and had his game banned in Germany after media coverage in that country.

Meanwhile down on the farm Colin Grainger-Allen, aka @NZcows, is proving a hit on Twitter.

In an apparent random act of violence in central Whangarei, a young man had his throat slashed from one side to the other.

People are calling ambulances for stubbed toes, upset stomachs, flu symptoms and running noses.

The true identity of a big-cat handler mauled to death by a tiger at Whangarei's Zion Wildlife Gardens will not be made public yet.

Couples in their 50s and 60s apparently aren't afraid to spice up their bedroom lives.

Two horses had to be put down and three jockeys were injured after a day of racing in Rotorua.

The gent pictured marvels at a large boulder which came crashing down from Bluff Hill with tonnes of debris after the earthquake.

Dr Rebecca Sargisson has seen children skateboard down slides, stand on see-saw seats, walk across the top bar of a swing set and climb around the outside of a bridge.

It's the best birthday present 3-yeard old Aiden Lints could have dreamed of.

Nominations are being sought from around the country for the Countdown Senior New Zealander of the year.

Western Bay police have 17 cases on the books of people who just vanished.

A dozen youngsters soaked up every word from celebrity chef Brett McGregor.

A couple from Whatawhata threw mattresses and clothes out of their house as a fire threatened to engulf their house.

The most dangerous time for women trapped in an abusive relationship is apparently after the relationship ends.

Gisborne man Nicky Pratt is going to fly into the stratosphere.

Meanwhile someone in Napier is $2 million richer.

Many consultants have approached Ngati Pahauwera since its historical Treaty claim was settled promising to make them richer.

A new weapon has been rolled out to combat school burglaries in Wairarapa.

Wanganui heritage building owners facing huge hikes in their insurance bills say they are being penalised because of the Christchurch earthquakes.

Aaron Coley's excellent work record as a world-class shearer was one of the things that saved him from going to prison.

Male sexuality expert Allan Meyer has apparently left hundreds of Mid Canterbury men feeling more in love with their wives and partners this weekend. Meanwhile tickets for the Ashburton Ladies Night featuring Rachel Hunter have sold out.

Dunedin businesses and several city councillors are throwing their arms wide open to oil exploration giant Anadarko.

Someone's "idiotic behaviour" could have killed four people after they placed rocks in the path of motorists near Cromwell.

A Palmerston woman has died after a vehicle crash near Shag Point Rd.

Meanwhile work is under way demolishing the abandoned Victoria Park grandstand in central Greymouth.

Top trending topics on Twitter in NZ at noon were: #NRLmelman, #ThosePeopleThat, Manly, iOS 6, New Zealand, #magpies, #TheSliceGirls, #WaysToMakeMeSmile and #NiallOnHot30

-Herald online

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