Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon include a call for more "culturalcy" in public schools, some pipi shells holding up million dollar roadworks and big ships having near misses along our coast.

There's a call for "culturalcy" to be added to numeracy and literacy as a priority in your schools. What do you think?

The discovery of a cluster of pipi shells has halted a million-dollar roading project.

Meanwhile a cruise ship capable of carrying 2500 people was tracked going straight through the Mercury Islands so close to Mercury Rock that it was "probably navigating beyond the accuracy of the charts."


A former cop wants any mother convicted of abusing a child banned by the government from having any more babies.

The number of road crashes in Bay of Plenty has doubled in the past week. In the latest crash a car clipped a bank, hit a concrete barrier and rolled on a state highway.

After Napier City Council spent a million bucks of ratepayer money on two fancy art deco buses - they have arrived and immediately been banned from being used on the roads.

Rolling out ultra-fast broadband in local schools will greatly help rural educators, one Rotorua principal says.

One in four criminals sentenced to home detention in Rotorua is breaching their conditions. Meanwhile the public is apparently keen to participate in tracking down criminals.

Northland hunger striker Sam Kuha is apparently now in the 27th day of his protest.
Soldiers with bayonets fixed will march through central Whangarei on Saturday.

The national kapa haka champions will represent New Zealand in the opening ceremony of the Frankfurt Book Fair today.

There's been a spike in shoplifting in Rotorua.

Tauranga City Council is trying to make smokers even less 'socially acceptable.'

Tauranga homeowners have been told to expect little change to the values of their properties in a flat market. But it's a buyer's market in Hawke's Bay. Meanwhile home affordability in Wanganui continues to be a struggle. The median Wairarapa house price dropped 4.4 per cent last month. Christchurch landlords are cashing in.

A canine trio which allegedly killed two cats in a savage mauling in a quiet cul-de-sac in Welcome Bay have been detained.

Bee Gees fans might want to think about a visit to Hawke's Bay in February.

Meanwhile in the Maori Focus Unit of Hawke's Bay Prison, a 30-year-old male was punched from behind.

Over on the East Coast near Gisborne a one-and-a-half tonne log has accidentally fallen off the back of a moving logging truck.

If you are fond of glass then Wanganui is the place to be from Saturday.

Carterton is likely to see a jump in population in the next 20 years but Masterton will apparently be taking a knock.

No government had been courageous enough to apologise for the physical violence, sexual misconduct and dehumanisation of patients at psychiatric hospitals such as Lake Alice.

In Christchurch, the family living next door to the House of Horrors site are divided over what it should become.

An angry Christchurch bar owner has told drunk out-of-town rebuild workers: "Go back to South Auckland."

Meanwhile you'll have to live without your Marmite and walnut sandwich for a bit longer.

Ashburton Public Library members owe almost $30,000 in fines.

It is apparently endlessly fascinating what appeals to people.

Students are upset by an Otago University decision to raise fees by 4%.

On Arthur's Pass, motorists found themselves trapped by heavy snow and fallen trees.

Meanwhile in Oamaru, at least 14 new jobs have been created.

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