NZ at Noon: Wacky inventions and a steroid kingpin

Among Taupo inventor Raoul Lealand's contraptions is a lazyboy chair that comes right up to deposit the user onto their feet. Photo / Supplied
Among Taupo inventor Raoul Lealand's contraptions is a lazyboy chair that comes right up to deposit the user onto their feet. Photo / Supplied

Stories making headlines around the regions include a wacky inventor who developed the dead cat carrier and a bodybuilder who became a steroid kingpin.

There's no limit to the inventiveness of Raoul Lealand.

Mr Athletic was steroid kingpin.

Cooking hot chips for dinner almost cost Dennis Sloan his life.

A Rotorua farmer was about to leave for a fishing trip when he saw flames closing in on his house.

Farmers put their woes on the back burner during yesterday's Drought Shout.

In Napier a teenager has taken a brave stand against bullying.

Kaitaia schoolchildren got to hear of the benefits of drinking water from Warriors player Elijah Taylor.

Teenage smoking rates in the Western Bay are apparently dropping.

A pilot involved in the Anzac Day tragedy was following his training.

A Rotorua woman suffered a series of fits after smoking a legal drug.

And finally a number of new hot spots - hot gas and steam vents - have been uncovered along Lake Rd.

Other stories making headlines around the regions:

Answers sought for mystifying smash
Fed up teachers take it to the streets
Wilson breach raises too many concerns for board
A toddler has been taken on terrifying drive
Competitive woolhandling while pregnant is tough.
Construction of Waimate's skatepark has begun
Apirana Taylor stopped in at St Kevin's College yesterday

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