Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon include more mysterious lights spotted in the Hawke's Bay skies, a man who attacked a co-worker with a chainsaw and another idiot with a car in Masterton.
The mystery of moving coloured lights in the night skies over Hawke's Bay continues to deepen with a third sighting since early last month.
Forestry worker Daniel Nathan of Tokoroa became enraged when his co-worker stopped to ask their boss a question so he attacked him with a chainsaw. Meanwhile a Masterton forestry worker tried to hit his partner with a claw hammer.
Meanwhile Masterton Judge Denys Barry told Dylan John Terry, 17, it was rare for judges to hear of acts of such "concentrated stupidity".
After a Hawke's Bay Today cleaner fled the building claiming to have seen a ghost, turns out it is built on the site of old morgue and a disgruntled Chinese man apparently threatened to come back and haunt the editor many years ago.
Rotorua councillor Charles Sturt has apparently been acting like "an angry bear in a forest" but Mr Sturt says his fellow councillors are just a bunch of "Noddys".
A fugitive is still believed to be roaming around the Far North bush with a rifle.
Mykayla Turnbull and Robert McDonald carried out what a judge has described as a pathetic imitation of infamous 1930s gangsters Bonnie and Clyde.
Kamo High School and Bay of Islands College are the hippest, hoppest schools in Northland.
After pranging his container ship in to a reef and then trying to cover up his mistakes, the former captain of the Rena has finally said sorry.
This Rotorua wharenui survived heavy bombing through two world wars in Germany.
It is nearly five years since Gisborne was hit with the 6.8 magnitude Christmas earthquake but the aftershocks continue for some building owners and their tenants.
There are ambitious plans for a Waikato River Tourist Centre.
John Paul College students have been stuffing shoe boxes full of goodies to send as Christmas presents for under-privileged children.
Hawke's Bay firefighters can hear each other now while wearing breathing apparatus.
The group that took a title from Elvis Presley is coming to Napier.
If you have passed Inglewood Primary school recently, you may have seen a mermaid, a pirate, a genie or a crab instead of a student.
A Gonville couple have been hit five times by thieves over the past nine years.
A Canterbury man who masterminded a viral internet invite that saw more than 3000 people gatecrash a teenage girl's birthday and trash a Dutch village now fears for his life.
Woodend residents watched in awe as a convoy of police vehicles with balaclava clad armed cops inside swept through the town on what was apparently a secret mission.
Meanwhile in Rangiora two men broke into a vacant earthquake-damaged Rangiora property and used it as a party house while they went on a crime spree.
The collective intellect of New Zealand apparently "suffered another blow" as TVNZ announced the end of Close Up.
As a result of falling in love with an "unknown man" on the Internet, Delwyn Pauling lost her job, was made bankrupt, had her furniture repossessed and ended up with a criminal record.
South Dunedin is about to host a secondary boarding school for senior Muslim boys.
An unemployed Cromwell man died of an accidental drug overdose after injecting a painkiller solution while under the influence of other drugs.
A Reefton man who is alleged to have threatened to blow up Parliament was described by a Greymouth District Court judge as an "obnoxious litigant".
Top trending topics on Twitter in NZ at Noon were: #MyExTaughtMe, #QuestionsIHateBeingAsked, #ReeceSleepoverVideo, MySpace, New Zealand, GCSB, #shakeout, #SmallzyAskHarry and #thatonefriendwho.By Peter Fowler Email Peter