NZ at Noon: Drinking Blood, Killer Whales, Identity Theft

Hungry Killer Whales are hanging around Hawke Bay looking for lunch. Photo / File
Hungry Killer Whales are hanging around Hawke Bay looking for lunch. Photo / File

Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon include Freemasons joking about having secret handshakes and drinking blood, killer whales looking for lunch in Hawke Bay and how easy is it for a friend to steal your financial identify?

"A lot of people think we drink skulls of blood in here and have secret handshakes," Freemasons district grand master John Dennison apparently joked.

Killer whales have been coming close to Hawke's Bay shores apparently looking for lunch.

Lara Dawn Johnson stole her long time friend's credit identification details and obtained $2759 credit in her name and an $8000 loan from a finance company.

Taxpayers should apparently be aggrieved that a leading contender in New Zealand's Got Talent withdrew because of restrictive performance conditions placed on her by the privately owned company behind the show, which got $1.6 million in public funding.

Chief Coroner Judge Neil MacLean has gone public with his concerns about the suicide rate doubling in Northland. One victim was apparently just 10 years old.

Despite his car being ordered off the road twice, Codey Lee Elmbranch-Brake was still driving it when it hit a road cone which went flying through the air and struck a police officer.

Meanwhile Clarke Hegan moved his bed to the Dunedin Botanic Garden, took a sleeping pill and didn't notice when someone stole his duvet.

This Rotorua woman tells how she suffered depression after being bullied in the workplace.

Apparently Facebook is a place where people go to talk about what they ate for breakfast. It's apparently also a place linked to proliferating incidents of cyberbullying by school children.

Homemaker Jacquilynne Hiria Mahara aka Turner was paid $62,898.64 to which she was not entitled.

The arrival of the Sun Princess at the Port of Tauranga this morning marks the start of a busy cruise ship season.

A blind beekeeper has been told to remove his hives from a Tauranga City Council reserve.

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae departed his household just days old as a tamaiti whangai.

A well-known Hawke's Bay charity distributed over $320,000 worth of grants to organisations which should not have received the money.

The Hastings suburb of Flaxmere is apparently an ideal location to test the local armed offenders squad.

At this Gisborne Feast you get a necklace with a wine glass attached. At this Hunterville festival you get a dog on a chain.

A giant wind farm is being planned for a coastal site in South Taranaki.

Wanganui is investigating parking areas for mobility scooters.

A Martinborough volunteer firefighter is in intensive care battling for his life after going to the aid of a group of young women.

Gary Watt, 71, who has patrolled stretches of the nearby Waipoua and Ruamahanga rivers for years in an effort to keep the riversides pristine, suddenly came across piles of lamb tails.

Meanwhile synthetic cannabis manufacturers apparently have no idea of the toxicology of their products, and "don't care".

The Dunedin City Council and its companies are about to reach the top of a $600 million debt mountain.

Alexandra Volunteer Fire Brigade members put out a house fire, and then decided to light it again, put it out, light it again and so on until they finally torched the whole thing.

The Hokitika totalisator was built in 1914 and is the last of its type in New Zealand.

Top trending topics on Twitter in NZ at Noon were: #harrystylesfollowspree, #jgeeksnzgt, #EvanNZGT, #LiliNZGT, Hawaii, #tsunami, Canada, Halloween, Auckland and New Zealand.

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