8 Sep 2009

Tuesday's morning papers

1:45 pm on 8 September 2009

The headlines: Treasury says recession may be over; big queues to get into Christchurch preschools; why does top cop need chauffeur?

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with Treasury saying the recession may be over and unemployment should peak at around 7.5% next year, rather than 8%.

TVNZ and TV3 are squabbling over coverage of the recent Qantas film and television awards.

The perks overhaul ordered by John Key means ministers who can keep their Wellington accommodation costs under $721 dollars a week get to pocket the difference.

Dominion Post

The paper leads with the overhaul of ministers' perks. It lists what it calls the "winners" now eligible for higher allowances, who include Bill English, and the "losers" who are eligible for less, including Housing Minister Phil Heatley.

Questions are being raised over why Police Commissioner Howard Broad needs his own chauffeur when police are cutting costs.

On the inside pages, the Dominion Post says the detective who pleaded guilty to drink driving, John Gaulter, is seeking a discharge without conviction as he fights to keep his job at the Police College.

The Press

The lead in The Press says there are big queues to get into preschools, reigniting calls to extend paid parental leave. At one provider alone, Kidsfirst, 3,000 children are on waiting lists for its 63 centres.

The paper carries a photo of the family of Tisha Lowry crying and hugging as a second body, believed to be the missing Christchurch woman, is removed from under her neighbour's house.

Otago Daily Times

The ODT reports that a high profile court case has been shifted to Christchurch. The reasons for the transfer of the criminal trial of Michael Swann for allegedly accepting a corrupt payment have been suppressed.

A north Otago man is hailing surgeons as heroes after they saved his life in a rare operation to transplant his liver and fix his heart.

University Oval is to get its first one day international cricket match this summer.