NZ at Noon: Dotcom spies, grave problems and a birthday bonus

Bob Moorfield is most probably the oldest Subaru driver in New Zealand. Photo / Supplied
Bob Moorfield is most probably the oldest Subaru driver in New Zealand. Photo / Supplied

Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon include spies coming in from the cold, a surprising hundredth birthday present and a grave problem for Hawke's Bay cemeteries.

A former senior Northland police officer is among government officials ordered to reveal details of snooping on Kim Dotcom.

Meanwhile to celebrate his impending 100th birthday Bob Moorfield went out and bought an All Wheel Drive vehicle.

As people continue to die, Hastings' four cemeteries will be full in just under six years' time.

More than 500 motorhomes need to be driven to Auckland by New Year's Eve from Christchurch and Queenstown and the cost is $5.

A spontaneous show of love for Kerikeri solo dad Neil Arthur Phillips while he was in the dock in court helped save him from going to jail by the "narrowest of margins."

Over forty years after Jack Morgan paid for one of Chris Wilkie's murals the artist has returned the favour and it's no small feat.

20 years after it was first mooted, work will begin today on a new Fire Station for Paihia.

A Far North man forbidden to drive because he doesn't have a license was caught driving while almost three-and-a-half times over the legal alcohol limit.

It is pantomine time in Rotorua.

It could take years to clean up the mess created by the tornado in Rotorua last week. Meanwhile one of the men killed by a tornado in Auckland was a champion badminton player and attended Whangarei Boys' High School from 2003 to 2006.

An underage teenager only managed to fool only one liquor outlet in Hawke's Bay into selling him some booze.

As fire tore through the house leaving her with nothing more than she was wearing, Maraenui woman Sharron Paramore collapsed to the ground in shock and tears.

As of April this year, over 1 in 5 New Zealand children were reliant on a benefit as the main source of their family's income.

William Trubridge held his breath and then dived down to a depth of 121m.

Auckland's 24/7 sexual violence crisis line has had yet another last-minute reprieve.

Hundreds of people are expected at a public protest demonstration outside the Dargaville courthouse today in an attempt to retain full court services in the town.

An 18-year-old woman was seriously injured when a half-tonne log fell on her at the Marsden Pt wharf.

A Rotorua pilot was killed when the plane he was flying crashed into farmland in Waikite Valley.

Cherrywood Shopping Centre has been rocked by a violent incident.

Councillor Michael Laws say there is potential for a "tragedy for Wanganui".

Kory O'Neill, 19, and Joseph Guilford, 17, kicked a 19-year-old in the head until he was unconscious and then continued to beat him.

Boy racers apparently have the most dangerous cars on Wairarapa roads.

Despite a spate of vandalism and other petty crimes in the Carterton CBD, the local council won't pay for CCTV cameras.

Judge Stephen Harrop it was not up to Eketahuna volunteer fire chief Brent Dickson to act as a "vigilante" despite his personal feelings on Simon Brew's alleged driving.

There are fears Dunedin heritage buildings may have to be abandoned.

JRR Tolkien apparently never wanted his Lord of the Rings trilogy illustrated, and believed literary works travel from mind to mind allowing people to have their own vision.

Westland High School student Phoenix Finch-Dixon has been named 'Kiwi Kid of the Year'.

After eating fish during a dream holiday in Fiji 18 months ago Amanda Austrin still vomits every day and has spent about 30 weeks in hospital.

And despite three years of promises from health minister Tony Ryall, the Grey District's $51 million Base Hospital has failed to materialise.

Top trending topics on Twitter in NZ at noon were: #loveactually, #jbrooksfollowme, #MissSouthPacific2012, #BecauseOf1D, #PacMarquez, Marquez, Christmas, Demi Lovato, Xmas and Luke.

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