21 Aug 2009

Friday's newspaper headlines

10:16 am on 21 August 2009

All Black greats question fairness of bans of for Kelston Boys High players; new Auckland beach poisoning fear; Wellingtonians could have residents' parking entitlements scrapped; NZ and Australian prime ministers want to form Anzac contingent.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says All Black greats Inga Tuigamala and Michael Jones have questioned the fairness of bans of up to 16 months for five Kelston Boys High 1st XV players involved in the weekend's on-field brawl.

The Peace Foundation, devoted to promoting peace, is at war with itself over allegations of financial mismanagement, inadequate structure and a lack of financial transparency the paper reports.

There's a new beach poisoning fear, with a fifth dog dying after walking on a Hauraki Gulf beach.

Dominion Post

The paper reports nearly all Wellingtonians who hold residents' parking permits could have their entitlements scrapped in a far-reaching proposal by the city council.

Thirty-five families with household incomes of more than $150,000 are pocketing Working for Families cash. In total, the Dominion Post says, property investors are claiming $13 million extra in Working for Families payments by offsetting losses on rental properties.

The Press

In the Press, the New Zealand and Australian prime ministers want to form an "Anzac contingent" of soldiers to train and fight together at short notice. However, the plan announced yesterday is said to be light on detail and has already drawn questions about how it would work, given the two countries' differing foreign policies.

Parents' rights to strip their children of inheritances have been upheld by the Court of Appeal in a ruling confirming a dead man wish to cut his "disrespectful" daughters out of his will.

Otago Daily Times

The ODT also leads with the talks between Kevin Rudd and John Key. It says New Zealand and Australia may one day be ringed by a common border within which travellers could move without passing through customs or immigration controls.

The driver of a car involved in a collision with a campervan carrying a Spanish family on the Lindis Pass was on Thursday night in a critical condition in Christchurch Hospital.