NZ@Noon: Mystery disaster photos found

Scenes from aftermath of the Tangiwai disaster of Christmas 1953, taken by an unknown photographer.
Scenes from aftermath of the Tangiwai disaster of Christmas 1953, taken by an unknown photographer.

Stories taking place across the regions include mystery photo negatives from New Zealand's worst rail tragedy being found weeks before 60th anniversary and a possum on a powerline causing a grassfire.

Just weeks before the anniversary of the Tangiwai disaster a set of original photo negatives of the site taken by an unknown photographer, were found at the Wanganui Chronicle offices.

Tapeka Pt, near Russell in the Bay of Islands, has claimed another victim, putting a boat skipper in hospital with broken teeth, ribs and back injuries.

This boat ran aground at Tapeka Pt after striking rocks on Saturday. Photo/Stephen Western.
This boat ran aground at Tapeka Pt after striking rocks on Saturday. Photo/Stephen Western.

A Whakatane woman was flown to Waikato hospital after suffering extensive facial injuries after being assaulted at home.


A possum that decided to do a late-night climb of a power installation off Puketitiri Rd ended up sparking a grass fire, as well as numerous calls to the Napier Fire Service.

The sale of a vintage red telephone box online has far exceeded its Te Puke owners' expectations.

Plus, $5000 worth of decorative "silks" that were an essential part of a Wairarapa wedding.

Volunteers pitched in and reconfigured the ceiling decoration in the wake of the discovery that $5000 worth of decorative silks were missing. Photo/Supplied.
Volunteers pitched in and reconfigured the ceiling decoration in the wake of the discovery that $5000 worth of decorative silks were missing. Photo/Supplied.

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