Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon include a bottled ghost, a fleeing shoplifter who wasn't looking where he was going and people who make (annoying) comments on web sites.

Enterprising Plunket mothers have managed to catch a ghost and bottle it and are now auctioning off the invisible spook - whose name is George.

A man accused of shoplifting and being pursued through the streets of Whangarei ran into a metal sign and knocked himself out.

Gross intoxication was the catalyst behind a ferocious bashing by three siblings who attacked a Hastings family "like a pack of dogs".


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It's freezing in Northland but in Oamaru it is ocean swimming weather. In Hastings, someone just smashed their way into a Kathmandu store and stole $10,000 worth of winter-warm puffer jackets.

New Zealand produces 50,000 tons of chicken feathers each year which, it turns out, can be made into boats.

Meanwhile here's a letter from the lemon farm.

A teenage girl who burnt down a Paihia home to get back at her ex-boyfriend may be sent to a Buddhist retreat instead of jail.

Best mates Kobe Pene, 16, and Chance Carlson, 15, have been recounting their ordeal with a vicious pitbull which is still at large in Masterton.

The noise of saws and heavy machinery has been keeping Denise Hart awake at nights and she has reached her breaking point. Meanwhile retired eye surgeon Harold Coop gets the sound of a train horn blasting through the walls of his apartment late at night.

Here's a young grasshopper who used Kung Fu to beat bad behaviour.


Taumarunui may get a cyber doctor.

14-year old Rotorua teenager Shayla Dawson has been missing for more than a week. Meanwhile schools and parents in the city are on high alert after a man and woman tried to lure two girls into their car with lollies.

Western Bay of Plenty police car prangs have cost $157,000 in damages during the past three years.

Ever optimistic Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker says a zero budget may still have some positives for the city.

Sales manager Carl Sisson, 46, of Bethlehem, has denied breaching a protection order and setting up an internet dating profile in his ex-partner's name, claiming she was available for sexual liaisons.

The Tauranga council is trying to legislate to stop topless women riding around the city on the back of motorbikes.

Three diggers are on standby in Elsthorpe after a sinkhole was found in the face of a flood detention dam.

Dozens of State Houses are being demolished in Hawke's Bay apparently because of low demand and people on waiting lists wanting to live in "certain suburbs."

Loop Line resident Rachel Monk said it was 4.41am exactly when the car hit the hedgerow on the edge of her property.

Police have shot dead a bull which trampled and mauled a Lower Hutt man.

Wayne Orpwood and Bill Kirk don't mind the odd tipple and lived simple and happy lives until yesterday when they were given seven days to get out of their earthquake damaged New Brighton housing complex.

Ana Schwarz had to wean her baby early and missed her daughter's first steps while holed up in an Auckland mansion.

Life apparently continued as normal in Ashburton yesterday despite a power cut.

Waitaki Boys' High School and Waitaki Girls' High School claimed all three top honours at the Chamber Music Contest in Timaru.

A Dunedin-based charitable trust with links to the Mongrel Mob received several Government grants, including one for healthy eating.

At the Bruce Bay marae in South Westland the New Zealand Olympic committee has been given the snowflake greenstone pendants for the country's Olympic athletes.

Primary School pupils Angel Nelson and Madeline Greig won a competition to visit the Hokitika SPCA and during the tour came across a ginger cat that looked very familiar.

Top trending items on Twitter in NZ at noon include Peter Hitchens, #bbcqt, Happy Flag Day, Emily Thornberry, Grant Shapps, #deadboss, #shoutouttoreece, Bebo, No. 1 and Esme.