Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon include a cat rescued by firefighters and someone who shot at teenagers enjoying a swim.
Firefighters revived a black cat with oxygen after it was rescued from a house fire in Cole St, Masterton (photos).
Four teens were at a popular swimming hole near Kaikohe when suddenly a man started shooting them with an air rifle.
A section of a ship thought to be between 150 and 200 years old was excavated at Cape Foulwind.
Samuel Partridge is coming to the end of his 100 days of isolation at Starship hospital and the signs are good.
Trinda and Chayne Steen waited all day on Ninety Mile Beach for a glimpse of the Top Gear stars roaring past.
Forest managers nervous about horror dry conditions are warning people if they trespass in closed parts of Bay of Plenty forests they will be prosecuted.
Angus Crowe has swapped his long hair and heavy metal drum kit for a leading role in one of the country's top pipe bands.
The fate of the Takapuna Beach Holiday Park on the North Shore of Auckland will be decided by a panel this evening.
Horse riding did not just teach Elle Murray a love for horses - it helped her learn to walk and talk again.
More people are seeking help for snoring and sleep apnoea in Tauranga than anywhere else in New Zealand, says a leading sleep expert.
The vintage passenger train Wa 165 has been mothballed in Gisborne.
Teachers from Wanganui and Rangitikei have voted to strike if numerous issues with the government are not resolved soon.
A Gonville mother is horrified that a driver hit her son on his bike and drove off without checking on him.
A proposal by the western local government reform Joint Working Party has been labelled a joke by Wairarapa mayors.
The cost of fixing the Waitaki Boys' High School swimming pool, which has been closed for the past nine years, was half what it would have cost to fill it in and demolish it.
Top trending topics on Twitter in NZ at Noon were #ReplaceMovieTitlesWithPope, #marriageequality, Parliament TV, Chris Auchinvole, #askandrew, MPS, Winston Peters, #nzqt and Pope.
Other stories making headlines around the regions:By Peter Fowler Email Peter