Popular stories today at noon around New Zealand include a grandma who just loves to boogie, a nightmare payroll, a bumbling boatie, memorable costumes and a retired man fighting a 544kg black marlin.

Tauranga's dancing nannie is back!

Here's a video of retired Napier electrician Doug Perry wrestling with a 544kg black marlin.
A bumbling boatie slated by emergency services says he could easily have been flying a microlight instead instead of helming a boat.

Wairarapa principals and teachers facing nightmare payroll blunders are fuming.


A pool attendant at Otumoetai Pools has been convicted of assaulting a 14-year-old girl after he inappropriately hugged her.

Big Bertha started her working life under the sea a century ago and ended it yesterday up in the air.

A Rotorua youth doctor says easy and free access to contraception could reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies. Last year, 821 women from Rotorua and the wider Bay of Plenty had abortions.

Rotorua's Sam Holmes is going to have a birthday to remember when she spends her special day with the future King of England.

The sea off Northland's entire west coast has been opened up for oil and gas exploration.

A Taupo mother says one of the positives to come out of her eight-year-old son's near-fatal ruptured appendix was a reminder of the goodness and love in the world.

An exhibition featuring some of the most memorable costumes in the history of Wellington's World of WearableArt (WOW) show is coming to Rotorua.

Police say it is only a matter of time before someone is injured at the old Waverley High School.

When he was acting principal at Upokongaro School for three days a week, Warren Brown always hoped that one day he would walk through the gates as principal. A week ago he did.

Loulou has new knees thanks to the generosity of Hamilton News readers.

This guy is glad he's got his wallet back.

A young Gisborne mother pregnant with her sixth child lost everything she owned in a house fire.

Workers who have been repairing the earthquake-damaged city want a free day off like their stressed office-bound colleagues have just been given.

Two high-risk offenders have absconded from a Christchurch address in breach of their parole conditions.

Health Minister Tony Ryall has been accused of pressuring health bosses to discipline a Dunedin medical specialist for speaking to the media.

Napier's Tess Williamson was standing by a brick and timber fence when a car being moved in the driveway suddenly "bunny-hopped" out of control and slammed into her.

A Dunedin woman is furious Fulton Hogan had her car and five other vehicles moved because they wanted to reseal the road and dented it in the process.

It is hoped recent funding grants will help stave off the demise of the Chatham Islands' historic tree carvings.

There are growing fears that missing Christchurch tramper, Rex Leslie Taylor, could have been swept away in a swollen West Coast river about two weeks ago.

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