NZ@Noon: Tables turned on would-be robber

Police are hoping to solve an armed robbery at Mobil Windsor service station thanks to this distinctive green hoodie.
Police are hoping to solve an armed robbery at Mobil Windsor service station thanks to this distinctive green hoodie.

Headlines around the regions today include a would-be robber who meets his match and a group of Tarawera residents who've declared war on rats.

A distinctively masked armed robber left a Hastings service station empty-handed after his demands were refused by the strong-willed attendant.

Whangarei District Council contractors have shot six wandering cows on the road at Mokau in the past five weeks - in a preventive practice which the mayor says is used as a "last resort".

Vandals have attacked election signs in Masterton - but have left one untouched.

In Tauranga, more than a thousand people turned out at Tahatai Coast School yesterday to pay their respects to former deputy principal Jenny Griggs, by releasing balloons in her honour.

A car crash which resulted in a broken leg for 14-year-old Waimirirangi Ratu didn't stop her from taking to the stage with schoolmates at the national kapa haka competition in Gisborne.

Finally Tarawera residents have declared war on rats.

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