NZ at Noon: Toy dinghy terror, neighbours from hell

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Papamoa Surf Lifesaving Club lifeguards Sam Casey (left) and Hamish Smith were surprised when they were called to rescue two men in a small inflatable boat exactly like the one pictured. Photo / Stephen Parker
Papamoa Surf Lifesaving Club lifeguards Sam Casey (left) and Hamish Smith were surprised when they were called to rescue two men in a small inflatable boat exactly like the one pictured. Photo / Stephen Parker

Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon include two tourists swept out to sea in a toy dinghy, the neighbours from hell in Wanganui and a raging bush fire in Taupo.

One man from Chile and another from Argentina were spotted drifting out to sea at Papamoa beach in an inflatable toy dinghy with two little plastic paddles and no life jackets.

Some Wanganui residents say they have had to endure the neighbours from hell for 20 years.

A bush fire in Taupo which raged for three hours destroying 4ha of bush and pine next to Spa Park is being treated as suspicious.

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A grove of trees could be planted at Bethlehem College as a memorial to the people who perished in the bus crash in Kenya last week.

Three teens have allegedly hijacked a car near Te Puke.

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The Racecourse Dairy owner in Christchurch was threatened with having his "head smacked in" by a robber wielding a cricket bat.

Onlookers stood stoically in the rain on Saturday as more than 400 men were remembered by friends and family at the unveiling of the Miners' Memorial, on the Greymouth floodwall.

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Other headlines from across New Zealand this morning:

Spa at Pullman among best in South Pacific

Locals rally to put out fire

Harawira: I'd lead Maori - Mana Party

Thieves steal charity kids' pics

Matua Kindergarten fire tackled

New Zealand's 'tumbleweed'

Catch of the day is a diver
Off-duty cop hit by car going wrong way

Suspected arsons in city overnight

Basilica smashed in repeat attack


- nzherald.co.nz

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