Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon include something to put a smile on the face of a generous old man exploited by teens, Dunedin medical school is checking to see if it has any fake students and Ladyhawke has apparently done it again.

Human kindness is overflowing in Rotorua as people pitch in to help the depressed Rotorua grandad who was ripped off by a bunch of heartless teenagers.

The Dunedin School of Medicine has been quickly checking to see if it has any fake students.

Masterton-born musician Philippa Brown a.k.a. Ladyhawke has done it again.


A Wanaka farmer whose burn-off sparked a massive wild fire which burned over 350ha and reportedly threatened houses claims the neighbours are "ecstatic" with the outcome.

A $10 million museum will be built on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

It was probably inevitable this guy would get caught by the cops.

For years, Millan Ruka has been paddling muddy streams in his kayak, documenting pollution caused by cattle allowed to poo in tributaries draining into the Kaipara Harbour.

Meanwhile Wanganui District Council has breached its discharge consent levels and is pouring heaps of bacterial crap into the sea but apparently it does not pose any health or environmental risk.

Apparently Rotorua probably has residents suffering from the nasty and highly contagious norovirus every day.

Northland beekeepers continue their hunt for missing hives.

Buzz the beardie cross has become the poster boy for shelter dogs. Meanwhile Moro, the chocolate labrador who became homeless after a marriage split, is now allowed to return to his family.

If you are more than 4km over the speed limited between 4pm on Friday and 6am on Tuesday then the cops, who are apparently gunning for speedsters, will ping you.

Over the next five days Carterton schoolgirl Grace Yeats will have all her blood removed, filtered and returned back into her body.

Rotorua District Council staff are turning storm fallen trees into free firewood for lucky locals. Here's the finalists in the Bay of Plenty Sports Awards.

Over in Hawke's Bay they have been quaffing wine.

Meanwhile in Gisborne, they are setting up soup kitchens for the homeless and hungry.

Masterton's Gateway Motor Inn has gone bust owing more than $3 million. The conference market is apparently in decline as businesses decide to cut their overheads in the tough economic climate.

Amid a recent spate of suspected suicides, Lifeline Wairarapa is saddened by an apparent increasing lack of interpersonal communication skills, particularly with the rise in electronic communication.

Meanwhile Comedian Mike King is heading to Masterton to talk about suicide and mental health.

Dave Saunders' sense of humour will be missed.

Someone caught 129 cops speeding in the Wellington district last year and of these nearly half had their tickets waived.

When a stranger approached an 8-year old boy in Dunedin and asked him if he wanted a ride or some lollies, the boy did all the right things.

Otago Polytechnic has launched a pilot "scarfie army" initiative that it hopes will help ingrain volunteering in Dunedin's student culture.

Hundreds of dinosaurs have been cruising around New Zealand in Air New Zealand aircraft cabins alongside passengers.

Meanwhile in outer space.

Ashburton's Jack Bubb is a young boy who has apparently been given a big opportunity.

Bill Purvis sold his sheep farm in Western Southland and ended up as a pianist on TSS Earnslaw.

Meanwhile naughty people in Arrowtown are pruning trees without permission.

And over on the West Coast, Chinese and American investors have visited the mothballed Spring Creek Mine.

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-Herald online