NZ at Noon: 'Weird raids' and admissions of guilt

Police investigating the Saddlery Warehouse raid are parked near the store entrance where the getaway vehicle waited. Photo / Michael Cunningham
Police investigating the Saddlery Warehouse raid are parked near the store entrance where the getaway vehicle waited. Photo / Michael Cunningham

A "weird raid" on a saddlery store in Whangarei, and an admission of guilt from a man who rammed swans with his speed boat are just some of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

Two men wearing balaclavas, one carrying a hammer, rushed into a Whangarei horse supplies store yesterday, then turned and fled.

A Katikati man has admitted hitting a black swan with a jet boat.

A Northland lawyer has been struck off the list for misleading his client on multiple occasions.

A Wairarapa woman who collided with a cyclist told the Masterton District Court she was "not a careless driver".

A stolen car has been found 35 metres down a steep bank near a popular Northland beach.

A Rotorua man has been jailed for raping a mentally impaired woman.

The Te Ara Ahi cycleway has officially opened.

Is this Bethlehem Four Square and Lotto shop the luckiest in the country?

Tauranga's spring-like temperatures are set to continue, as is the weather in Hawke's Bay.

A little mud never deterred a fairy, Batman and Robin, or even a bumblebee. Check out this video of the Mud, Sweat and Tears event in Wingatui yesterday.

Whitebait are still elusive in Haumoana.

A woman with 20kg of illegal paua was caught after she crashed her car.

And finally, persistence paid off for one mad Otago fan in a tutu who chased down the team's bus.

Other stories making headlines around the regions today are:

Move to ban cigarette sales near schools.

Rotorua's Kingi Biddle is among the world's top speakers.

$300k of crims' assets seized in Hawke's Bay.

Guilty pleas in Kuirau Park murder.

Josephite nuns in time of healing.

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