Stories making headlines across New Zealand at noon include lots of angry people in Hawke's Bay left out of the phone book, New Brighton residents baring their bums and someone who tried to beat the breath-testing procedure by stuffing coins in his mouth.

It appears lots of Hawke's Bay people have been left out of the 2012 White Pages. Are you listed in the latest phone book?

After apparently feeling neglected for too long, New Brighton residents have started a "Bare Your Bum for Brighton" campaign in the hope that they will be noticed.

West Coast lawyer Doug Taffs apparently tried to beat the breath-testing procedure by stuffing coins in his mouth.


The South Island wedding of 2010 Golden Eagle best actress Yao Chen to her photographer husband Cao Yu has apparently been reported more than 2.4 million times on various Chinese news sites and portals.

A Whangarei father has been arrested after he apparently slapped his 2-year-old daughter several times because she wouldn't shut up and kept demanding her bottle.

Ten-year-old Carterton schoolgirl Grace Yeats today becomes the first child in New Zealand to receive electrical brain implants to help calm her violent seizures.

Taihape teen Zoe Whatarau's dream was to be an All Black but when she was 9 her dad broke the news that it would never be because she was a girl.

A Wanganui school principal has attacked government policies that are apparently "creating crisis after crisis" within the sector.

It's pretty unusual for a 10-year-old to make the trials for a national under-18 sports team.

Police swooped on a Welcome Bay neighbourhood early this morning.

Exploratory underground mining is allowed for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, into the side of Waihi's Martha Mine.

A school student has been arrested after a suspicious fire at Whangamata Area School.

Over in Papamoa, a superette worker was accosted by two teenage boys after he refused to let them borrow a cigarette lighter.

Meanwhile two orca were spotted swimming close to shore off Mount Main Beach this morning.

The dog who jumped a fence to attack Yoda will be destroyed.

Meanwhile Hobbiton is gearing up for an apparent tourism boom.

A man was driving to work on Otonga Rd in Rotorua when he slammed into the back of a parked car sending it through a nearby fence.

The Turanganui Schools Maori Cultural Festival swung into action yesterday with powerful and adorable performances by young performers.

Cases of rotavirus have been confirmed following an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting at the Y-Kids City daycare in Gisborne.

Dozens of retailers had to close their doors and lost thousands of dollars in business after a power cut hit central Masterton.

Christchurch police are investigating a possible hit and run after an injured man was found this morning in a driveway in the Russley area.

About 30m up in the air and close to power lines, advanced hang glider pilot Reece Fisher made a "silly mistake."

Meanwhile Christchurch businessman Pat Dolan is fed up with uninvited visitors.

The cyclist run over by a stock truck outside Dunedin Hospital on Monday was a senior lecturer at the University of Otago's Faculty of Dentistry, a husband and father of two preschoolers.

Taane John Pollard-Gray approached one of 10 university students visiting from Australia and kicked him several times in the head while he was on the ground before assaulting others in the group.

Over in Oamaru, yobs have driven over the sports fields at St Kevin's College damaging turf.

Top trending topics on Twitter in NZ at noon were: #MentionATrueFriend, #followmedinah

-Herald online