NZ at Noon: A real hero, bikini fighting and idiot bystanders

Stephen Fraser, 43, is being hailed as a "national hero".  He is pictured with friend Steph Ballingall
Stephen Fraser, 43, is being hailed as a "national hero". He is pictured with friend Steph Ballingall

Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon include a bystander rightly described by firefighters as an "idiot", a real hero has emerged in Hawke's Bay and Rosanna Arkle has big plans following her bikini boxing bout with Jaime Ridge.

Volunteer firefighters who were risking their lives to fight a housefire in Kaikohe didn't realise an ''idiot bystander" was lurking nearby.

Meanwhile asked to comment on her upcoming bikini fight with Jaime Ridge, GC reality TV star Rosanna Arkle said: "I think I'll knock her out and then get some KFC."

Over in Hawke's Bay, a hero has emerged after an 8-year old Korean tourist was wading around to his ankles at a Napier beach when suddenly a freak wave grabbed him and sucked him out into the freezing ocean.

Knowing he was probably facing time behind bars on an arrest warrant, a Whangarei man asked police if they could look after his cannabis seedlings.

Wild weather is due in Otago, Wairarapa, Hawke's Bay, Bay of Plenty, among other places.

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The credentials of an "Indigenous University" in Whakatane have come under close scrutiny, mainly because it is not a university.

Rowan Blackburn probably wishes he had taken his medication the night a police dog handler offered him a ride home after he had drunk too much.

Horses are leaving their "sizeable crap" on newly built cycle trails in Hawke's Bay leading some to question if there's a bylaw outlining who is responsible for animal poo left in public places.

An intoxicated and angry man threw a stormwater drain cover through a dairy window in an attempt to steal cigarettes.

If you still don't believe there's poverty and hardship in New Zealand then go for a visit to Western Bay.

After 22 years of service, the 65-year-old "trolley man" at Gisborne Countdown has signed off from his duties.

Meanwhile in Wanganui, a victim came around to find Reijhan Renee Green, a.k.a. "Razor", leaning over him saying something like, "are you all right, bro?" "Are we all good?" and "Don't f*** with the Mob", before leaving the house.

Masterton firefighters were involved in "quite an interesting exercise" involving a fat cat at the weekend. And Roslynn Young ended up with a $1700 bill after someone deliberately shot her cat.

To top it all off, this guy turned his dead cat into a helicopter.

Stonehenge Aotearoa will be beaming images of the once-in-a-lifetime transit of Venus to the world tomorrow.

Ashburton's increasing population has resulted in a new dentist. Meanwhile there's been a mystery mishap on the Methven Highway.

Who has 22 million followers on Twitter and announced "oh yeah I'm going to New Zealand on July 19th!! #BUNGEE"

When is Miss New Zealand not really Miss New Zealand? Will Monique Cooley's position as third runner-up change?

Librarians from around the South Island had a chance to commune with one of their idols last week.

Over on the West Coast, Police have seized 40kg of pounamu in a raid.

Top trending topics on Twitter in NZ at noon include: #ZaynDoATwitcam, #LiamHelpZayn, Please Zayn, Prince Philip, Danielle, Johnny Depp, New Zealand, Venus, Prometheus and Harry Potter

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