Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon include a couple of young celebrities accused of canoodling, an alien alert in Northland and is Facebook the modern-day toilet wall?

The "numerous reports" of strange phenomena in the skies above Northland are continuing with curious lights, mysterious craft and even a possible alien landing, and apparently video footage is being sent overseas for expert analysis.

Before her sudden and untimely death, 17-year-old Gabrielle Meyrick was tormented by bullies and was apparently the subject of a Facebook page called "I hate Gabby Meyrick". Is Facebook really just the new toilet wall?

The Block's only single bloke, Ben Crawford, supposedly"canoodled" Underbelly actress Anna Hutchison.


Apparently stoned and drunk, two taggers fell asleep after a tagging session and awoke to the sound of the cops tapping on the car window.

Twelve Whangarei commercial buildings have been found to have construction features similar to the CTV building which collapsed in the second Christchurch earthquake but the buildings cannot yet be named.

A Murupara rock band has shown Maori singing isn't just slow crooning.

Skin cancer is apparently more dangerous for people who have darker skin.

Most Rotorua properties are selling for below their rateable values. But there are apparently the first fragile signs that parts of provincial North Island may be beginning to move out of the housing doldrums.

About 150 people, mostly unhappy to see the end, were in the Napier Cosmopolitan Club Sports Bar early last night. Meanwhile on his visit to Hawke's Bay, Labour Leader David Shearer was left lost for words at times.

Over in Gisborne, the diggers have moved in to the Rhythm and Vines site.

Wairarapa has suffered a wild windy weekend.


Rihari Eruera Hamiora Laris grabbed his former partner by the throat using both hands and applied enough force that the victim could hardly breathe.

Ashburton Intermediate, Netherby and Hampstead schools have joined forces to saturate their communities with a pamphlet drop.
Mr Athletic and Ms Figure were crowned in Dunedin at the weekend.

A woman who claims she found someone else's tooth in a packet of potato chips was happy to tell the media but isn't sure she'll lay a complaint with the manufacturer.

While a Taieri couple were in their shed, someone was robbing their home 50m away.

Murray Dempster loves showing off his 50-calibre Browning machine gun.

Any South Africans out there fancy a game of nude rugby?

Over in Alexandra, the Blossom Festival is still over a week away but judging of the 2012 princesses has already begun.

And in Oamaru, the new cannabis growing season is getting under way.

Meanwhile urgent strengthening of parts of Grey Base Hospital is needed.

Top trending topics on Twitter in NZ at noon were: #NZGT, #ReplaceArtistNamesWithNipple, Rachel Hunter, #AskLuke, JGeeks, Lou, Ikr, Labour, #LittleMixToNZ and #JanoskiansToTheEllenShow

-Herald Online