NZ@Noon: 'The coolest thing'

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Jason Manukau presented his artwork to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Jason Manukau presented his artwork to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Stories making headlines around the regions today include a Maori artist who faced 'The Rock' and a holiday park with a 'roaring' difference.

A Katikati artist said 'that was the coolest thing' after meeting a humble Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson outside a Gold Coast gym with a special gift.

A Rotorua holiday park - with the help of it's Dinsosaurs - was was one of two to receive top awards at the New Zealand Holiday Parks conference.

A memorial garden opened by Lady Deborah Holmes almost month ago has been the scene of multiple acts of vandalism.

Rural Whangarei residents were out getting their point across by stopping five fully loaded logging trucks in a peaceful protest.

An overseas crime-prevention consultant who is 'really impressed' has given Rotorua the thumbs up, while, according to this District Court judge, swearing under your breath in court could end in jail.

A local Hamilton performer is set to rock the stage at the world premier of an up-coming New Zealand musical all about the "turmultuous" journey of life at middle age.

And finally, a Carterton photographer had her faith in human nature restored after an unusual act of kidness.

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