7 Sep 2009

Monday's newspaper headlines

8:46 am on 7 September 2009

Senior Wellington police officer pleads guilty to drink driving; Dunedin and Queenstown consider joint bid for World Masters Games in 2017; Tree law change may help 'sneaky choppers'.

NZ Herald

Homeowners whose trees are illegally chopped down by neighbours will no longer be able to count on council help under a proposed law change likely to become final this week, says the New Zealand Herald's lead.

Quotable Value says house values are climbing back towards last year's levels after four months of improvement, but warns that the rise could be a temporary surge caused by demand exceeding supply.

A climber is lucky to be alive after falling 60 metres 'like a rag doll' on Mt Ruapehu.

Dominion Post

The paper's lead story says a senior Wellington police officer drove 'grossly' drunk from a police bar, nearly collided with cars, mounted footpaths and swerved to avoid hitting a pedestrian-crossing pole. The officer has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in Porirua District Court on Friday.

The Dominion Post reports that Rocky the Bernese Mountain Dog, who weighs in at a massive 50 kilograms, is so powerful he can tow his owner on a skateboard around Wellington's south coast.

The Press

Friends of the woman believed to have been killed and buried beneath her Christchurch home say she was overjoyed to be clean of drugs and alcohol and was looking forward to winning back her children.

The Press carries a photo of Jason Webster and Biddy Steffens taking the floor as Christchurch's intellectually disabled community stepped out for a memorable Saturday night. Now in its third year, Unforgetaball attracted 225 intellectually disabled people along with their friends and family for a night of dinner and dance.

Otago Daily Times

Dunedin and Queenstown are considering a joint bid to host the World Masters Games in 2017, the ODT reports.

Dunedin-based television production company NHNZ won the inaugural international achievement award at the Qantas Film and Television Awards in Auckland .

A fire which destroyed the lighthouse keeper's house at Cape Saunders at the weekend is being treated as suspicious.