NZ @ Noon: Good samaritans and a horror ride

A hitchhiker has had the ride of his life in Northland.
A hitchhiker has had the ride of his life in Northland.

Good samaritans in Masterton and a the ride of a lifetime for a hitchhiker in Northland are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

There are some very good samaritans in Masterton.

An unsuspecting Scandinavian backpacker got the trip of a lifetime in Northland when he was picked up by a man driving a stolen car.

The beach where a farmer and his 7-year-old nephew drowned is unsafe and needs warning signs, locals say.

Whakamahi Beach, situated on the strip of coastline where two people drowned on Monday, is known locally as dangerous and residents say there should be more warning signs erected.
Whakamahi Beach, situated on the strip of coastline where two people drowned on Monday, is known locally as dangerous and residents say there should be more warning signs erected.

Rotorua District Council is urging locals to be on the lookout for sulphur fires that can spark without warning.

A fire at the Government Gardens was swiftly put out by Senior Firefighter David Crowe.
A fire at the Government Gardens was swiftly put out by Senior Firefighter David Crowe.

Customs has intercepted 70 weapons including pepper sprays, stun guns, rifles and knives in Tauranga over the past two years.

And finally, in the wake of the 'Roast Busters' scandal, a Wanganui woman has come forward with her own rape story to warn young girls about the dangers of losing control.

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