Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon include a marketing student offering advertising space below her chest, a rare appeal against the home detention sentence of a child beater and questions about whether New Zealand's Got Talent can claim to showcase the country's top talent.

When Anna Cudby was thinking about what assets she could sell to help repay her student debt, she discovered the answer was right in front of her.

A rare appeal takes place today against the home-detention sentence imposed on James Robert Hall after he broke his infant daughter's legs.

New Zealand guitarist and promoter Gray Bartlett is questioning how New Zealand's Got Talent can claim to showcase the country's top talent when it has excluded an artist who could have potentially won the show.


As police inspected drinking establishments in Whangarei they came across someone performing a striptease in the middle of the dance floor in full view of bar staff and patrons with the underwear about to come off.

A man ran into the Kaeo Four Square with blood pouring out of several stab wounds.

A carload of men carrying weapons set upon a house in Rotorua's Tania Cres after becoming upset about stereo noise.

Winning the top spot in the Te Arawa primary school kapa haka competition was a "huge achievement" for Te Wharekura o Ngati Rongomai.

Three fully clothed children were caught in a rip at Ohope Beach.

Here's the winners from the Waiariki Institute of Technology Aria 2012.

One of the biggest headaches for shoppers in Tauranga's downtown is likely to be axed by the council.

Meanwhile people in the Bay of Plenty will experience pleasant, settled weather until at least Sunday.

If you want to have a hangi in some Waikato towns you might need a permit.

A member of the public jumped on a push bike and gave chase to four burglars who were spotted breaking in to a neighbours home.

Ngati Porou East Coast were behind 27-3, with 15 minutes to play.

Tarpaulins are already pegged down along eastern coastal areas in what is an early start to the "first-in, first-served" concept of the new freedom camping season.

Former Wanganui businessman Steven Burlace has been told an apology for his crimes was "self-serving at the 11th hour".

Stefanie McKnight's neoprene garment called "The Whole Hole" shows a concept she calls "disparate convergence".

A mini-swarm of earthquakes continued to shake the River City yesterday.

The homeless people in Wanganui may soon have somewhere to shelter.

Badly beaten Martinborough firefighter Peter Fisher remains in Wellington Hospital's intensive care unit.

Police found John Samuel Leslie going through the contents of a stolen handbag.

The experts of the international rhododendron world gathered in Methven last night.

A former Dunedin woman now living in Baltimore says Hurricane Sandy has yet to fully unleash where she is.

Sparks apparently flew as Mayor Dave Cull and Cr Lee Vandervis clashed repeatedly.

A small pimple that festered with cellulitis cut a southern motorcycle tour short for an Australian tourist.

More than 30 Oamaru residents are getting national television exposure again.

Meanwhile the people who smashed their way into the Salvation Army building in Greymouth and stole food for a birthday party only needed to ask for it apparently.

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