29 Dec 2009

Tuesday's newspaper headlines

7:44 am on 29 December 2009

Coroner's plea to save young lives; DoC approved ice-cream stall at Cathedral Cove angers holidaymakers; NZ youth 'unhealthy but help tenuous'; fire ravages 20ha of Flat Top Hill conservation area near Alexandra.

NZ Herald

Residents and holidaymakers near the remote and unspoiled Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula are appalled an icecream stall is operating there under a licence granted by the Department of Conservation.

Under the headline "US anti-terrorism crackdown creates long delays at airports worldwide", the paper reports that while US-bound flights departed on time from Auckland airport, there were long delays in Britain.

Dominion Post

A coroner is calling on government ministers to take action to stop vulnerable children and young people who have been in Child, Youth and Family care from committing suicide. Coroner Ian Smith says they should have access to a special fund and mentoring.

The Dominion Post reports on clashes in Iran between protesters and security forces.

The paper's front page features a picture of diehard rugby fan Steven Bruce who's already planning for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The Press

Kiwi youth suffer some of the worst health outcomes in the developed world, but funding for their health services is "tenuous" according to a new report cited in the paper. New Zealand youth have higher rates of mental illness, suicide, teenage pregnancy and suffer more injuries than young people in other OECD countries.

A son of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi arrived in Christchurch by private jet on Monday before heading to Queenstown, the paper reports. It's believed Saif al Islam al Gaddafi and his entourage are going on a hunting and fishing holiday.

Otago Daily Times

The driest place in New Zealand ignited on Monday, the ODT reports. Up to 20 hectares of the Flat Top Hill conservation area near Alexandra was ravaged by the fire.

A Dunedin woman is recovering after being sexually assaulted in her Mornington home by an unknown intruder while her young children slept nearby.