NZ@Noon: Gyrocopter pilot survives crash

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Pilot John Saunders, at left holding his helmet, inspects his crashed gyrocopter on the Greymouth beach.
Pilot John Saunders, at left holding his helmet, inspects his crashed gyrocopter on the Greymouth beach.

A Rotorua gyrocopter pilot is lucky to have survived a crash, and more than 50 protesters brave the bad weather to voice their concerns over the Ruataniwha dam project. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

More than 50 protesters braved the weather to voice their concerns about the Ruataniwha dam this morning.

A man who stabbed his partner of 13 years in the abdomen then brandished a rifle to provoke police into shooting him has been imprisoned for four years and one month.

A Rotorua gyrocopter pilot whose machine suddenly lost power over Greymouth and crash-landed on the beach has walked away without a scratch.

The value of knowing CPR, especially in remote communities, was highlighted when a Kaitaia father saved his daughter's life after a near-drowning.

Police are annoyed by the number of drink-driving tickets they had to issue during Mardi Gras in Ohakune over the weekend.

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