Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon include pop star Stan Walker's new movie, the Duchess of Cornwall being invited to be a Hairy Maclary sculpture patron and it's "Make a will month."

Pop star Stan Walker is starring in a new movie with Temuera Morrison.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has been invited to become patron of a Hairy Maclary sculpture.

It is "Make a Will Month" in Northland.


Students from Tamatea Intermediate School were on the Tongariro Track studying volcanoes when the mountain gave an impromptu lesson in eruptions. Here's what the eruption looked like.

Tongariro rubberneckers are being warned to take extra care.

Meanwhile the rumblings about the Hawke's Bay phone book omissions are getting louder.

Three people were taken to Tauranga Hospital after the car they were travelling in crashed early this morning.

Two cars smashed head-one at the Hawke's Bay expressway near Westshore.

What are the odds of Gisborne lawyer Adam Simperingham getting badly beaten up.

The annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest this year attracted 350,000 entries from 200 countries, including 72 from Gisborne.

The explosion at Mayfair School was caused by cooking with the pot stand supports facing downward, heating the butane gas canister housed within the stove and blowing it up.

Eltham youth are putting their weight behind a proposal to upgrade the local skate park.

A Chilean tramper has been rescued after a night lost in the Tararua Range.

A second on-farm quad bike accident at Pirinoa in slightly more than a month has left a woman with ankle injuries.

Defence lawyer Jock Blathwayt said it was obvious his client has a problem with cannabis and was addicted to it.

Film-maker Vincent Ward is back home from China.

As soon as Wairarapa's two rarest birds laid eggs at Riversdale Beach locals erected a fence around them.

Orca sightings continue around the country, with a pod frolicking in Moeraki Bay.

Attempts to make Mosgiel's main street more beautiful are being blamed for flash flooding.

Firefighters rushed to a shed fire in Frankton yesterday, with smoke able to be seen from Queenstown.

Excess breath alcohol readings of 1237mcg and 1550mcg in the past week have alarmed Oamaru police.

An engineering peer review of the 17-year-old earthquake-prone Mawhera House has returned a seismic rating of just 18 per cent, meaning the remaining tenants could be told to pack up and leave within days.

Helicopter wreckage has been found in Fiordland.

Top trending topics on Twitter in NZ at noon were: #askhaydn, Mt Tongariro, #LyricsWeAllKnow, #LiesImTiredOfHearing, Danny Green, Shane Cameron, #novopay, Thanksgiving and Chelsea.

-Herald online