17 Sep 2009

Thursday's newspaper headlines

10:29 am on 17 September 2009

High schools on track for launch of new curriculum; Kiwi soldiers get new high-tech armour; Christchurch is getting a new hospital; Junior world skiing championships to be held in Otago.

New Zealand Herald

The paper leads with the unreadiness of most high schools to meet an extensive overhaul of the national curriculum in five months. The change was planned three years ago but principals say they need more time to prepare for the revamp.

All Blacks lineout coach Steve Hansen is hitting back at criticism of the team's performance against the Springboks on Saturday.

Dominion Post

In a lead story headlined "Kiwi troops get hi-tech armour", it is reported that the new gear, weighing more than 50 kg per soldier, was chosen after a two-year search to find the best battle kit available anywhere in the world.

An international exhibition of treasures from the Aztec empire is set to be staged at Te Papa to coincide with the Rugby World Cup.

The Press

Christchurch is set to get a new hospital worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The proposal includes dedicated cancer and children's facilities in what will be one of Canterbury's biggest construction projects.

A bank's customer service went the extra mile after a car was driven through its front window. The 94-year-old driver was given a calming cup of tea and a biscuit before carrying out his transaction.

Otago Daily Times

Queenstown and Wanaka skifields have been awarded next year's snowboard and freestyle skiing junior world championships by the International Ski Federation.

A Waitaki Bridge man has been jailed after the police found him viewing pornographic images, mostly of children and infants, on his computer.