Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon include surf patrols being extended due to the long hot summer and a reward offered to catch those responsible for shooting cats.

Lifeguards were supposed to finish up on Northland's patrolled surf beaches yesterday, but the long summer just keeps on giving.

A Whangarei animal lover, incensed by the recent spate of cat shootings, is offering a reward to catch those responsible.

Born and raised in Uganda, Lillian Nakabiri's life was full of hardship and a lack of basic needs. As a baby, her mother died and her father was kidnapped.


A bitter dispute between one of the leading opponents of the Pilot Bay boardwalk and a wheelchair-bound city councillor could end up before the Human Rights Commission.

Hundreds of people turned out at the weekend to sort out a major rubbish dumping problem at one of Gisborne's premium beaches.

The greatest hazard on the road late at night and early morning is apparently a poorly lit cyclist.

Whanganui wants to be the arts destination of New Zealand.

Linda Forbes feels she is making real progress in her bid to see Oamaru become a synthetic cannabis-free town.

A decision by the New Zealand Overseas Investment Office on whether to approve a deal for a new $214 million plant to manufacture infant milk powder to be built at Glenavy is understood to be close.

Time has finally caught up with Greymouth jeweller and the West Coast's last watchmaker, Ian Tennent.

Top trending topics on Twitter in NZ at noon were: #BringCodyToNZ, #JustinFollowAllJustins, #NRLwarnql, #AtSunsetFollowMe, #NRLsydpar, April Fools, Happy Easter, Game of Thrones, New Zealand and Kiwis.

Other stories making headlines across New Zealand this morning:
Westpac leaves Ngongotaha
Tamariki need extra care to find their way
Discussions on opening Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Western Bay drivers on best behaviour at Easter
Kohanga celebrates 30 magical years
Restoration timed for Gallipoli 2015