NZ at noon: Storm damage and fat trout

Storm damage at the Koutu lakefront. Photo / Stephen Parker
Storm damage at the Koutu lakefront. Photo / Stephen Parker

Headlines around the country today include a clash over contraception, jailed mobsters, fat trout, and a rolling rented motorhome.

There's a clash going on between an abortion law reform advocate and pro-life groups. Last year, 821 abortions took place in the Bay of Plenty region, nearly one-in-three for women aged 20 to 24, according to Statistics NZ.

High winds brought down several large trees around Rotorua. See some great photos here.

There are plenty of fat trout in Rotorua's lakes this holiday weekend.

Heath Franklin's Chopper is bringing his comic show to the Oamaru Opera House.

Three gang members were sentenced to a combined 37 years and six months in prison when they appeared in the High Court at Napier.

New Zealand was guest of honour at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany, an event dating back to the 15th century and drawing about 300,000 visitors.

Have your say in who should replace Petra Bagust on TV One's Breakfast.

War memorials can be seen the length and breadth of New Zealand, but Kaitaia's is believed to be unique.

And did you know that agriculture is a risky business?

The family of a man fatally stabbed rushed to be by his side, but were too late to say goodbye.

People are still talking about Gavin Hayes and his trouble with teen tormentors.

Residents living near Wanganui's wastewater treatment ponds have been asked to log any strong smells from the area in future.

An early-morning bid to steal a Cancer Society donation box in a smash-and-grab raid in Dunedin has been condemned.

While the majority of the country enjoys a sleep-in on Monday morning, spare a thought for George McDonald.

Something else on Labour Weekend is the Coastal Classic Yacht Race, from Devonport Wharf to Russell Wharf in the Bay of Islands.

An Auckland family had a lucky escape from serious injury when winds gusting at more than 150km/h rolled their rented motorhome. Another roll could have seen it crashing 100 metres or more down the bank.

Meanwhile, the surf season in Mount Maunganui is set to open in style.

This cyclist was wearing a helmet, which no doubt saved him from serious head injury.

The Canterbury earthquakes were a 'ticket to change' for some survivors. Apparently, many people were glad the earthquakes happened because it forced them to break out of their mundane existences.

Four un-ignited Molotov cocktails were found near a fire-damaged Dunedin flat, with police calling the unresolved arson attack "pretty nasty".

But summer in Oamaru just got a little sweeter.

An international company with Hamilton roots has embraced the spirit of generosity but says it needs other businesses to do the same in order to gain momentum.

The 149th Hawke's Bay Show brings a kaleidoscope of experiences today. It's a great ride when thousands of events continue to jump, chop, spin, dig, drive and stride themselves into the record books.

The number of subsidised prescriptions for anti-depressants has jumped by 25 cent over the last six years in Northland, but the Wanganui figures are even more depressing.

Highway patrol police are cracking down on motorists who cross the centre line, and their bad driving behaviour has disappointed police after 105 infringement notices were issued for failing to keep left.

Top trending topics on Twitter in NZ at noon are: #ObamaGoogleHistory, #NotOptimal, #gotoexplore, DOMA, AP Rocky, Justice League, Facebook, and iPad.

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