19 Oct 2009

Monday's newspaper headlines

8:22 am on 19 October 2009

Accident victims may pay fee under second round of ACC changes; Maori TV may have lost fight for sole rights to opening Rugby World Cup ceremony; Colorado police search the home of "balloon boy" family.

NZ Herald

The paper leads with the Government's confirmation that accident victims may have to pay the first $50 or $100 dollars of their costs. The move is under consideration as part of a second round of changes to the accident compensation scheme next year.

The paper has a photo of Mike Delany after finding out he had made the All Blacks squad.

Dominion Post

Maori TV appears to have lost its fight for sole rights to the opening ceremony of the 2011 Rugby World Cup and the first game between the All Blacks and Tonga. Cabinet is expected to discuss a joint proposal today that was hammered out by Maori Television, Television New Zealand and TV3 at the weekend.

Under the headline "Doing It For Dad'', the paper says newly-selected All Black Zac Guildford has been chasing the promise he made to his father to wear the black jersey one day. His father Rob died earlier this year of a heart attack while watching his son win the under-20 Rugby World Cup in Tokyo.

The Press

Lawyers say New Zealanders are funding a multimillion-dollar litigation system against themselves as the cash-strapped ACC rejects an increasing number of claims. ACC spent nearly $3.5 million on legal services over the past year, including $1.4 million which was paid to lawyers to fight reviews of their decisions.

Also in The Press, police searched the home of a couple caught up in Colorado's "balloon boy" saga after the sheriff said he was pursuing criminal charges.

Otago Daily Times

A quick and low-cost intestinal examination commonly performed in doctors' surgeries in the United States could save lives in New Zealand, Roxburgh GP Dr Eric Wegener tells the paper.

Dr Wegener says flexible sigmoidoscopies can detect cancers and other problems early, and the test picks up 60% of the diseases picked up by a colonoscopy for about 15% of the cost.