22 Jan 2010

Friday's newspaper headlines

5:17 pm on 22 January 2010

Thousands queue for 150 jobs; plea to defer Dunedin city projects; private medical care proposal worries doctors.

NZ Herald

The paper reports 2500 people waited up to seven hours to apply for one of 150 jobs at a new South Auckland supermarket on Thursday.

The Herald reports students, office workers and retired people flocked to a South Auckland house to buy cannabis from a mother of five children under seven.

Dominion Post

Under the headline 'Apiata's Afghan exploits revealed' the paper publishes a large photo of SAS soldier Willie Apiata taken in Afghanistan.

The accompanying article quotes editor Bernadette Courtney saying the media have not placed Corporal Apiata or any of the other SAS members at any greater risk than they already are.

Former All White Stu Jacobs has vicious bites to an ankle, forearm and hand and 37 stitches after stepping in to stop a bull mastiff mauling a man and his labrador.

The Press

Doctors are uneasy about a proposal to allow private medical care in public hospitals because it could create a two-tier system.

Gold fever hits the West Coast, with a big rise in the number of mineral exploration applications attributed to the high price of gold.

Otago Daily Times

Three Dunedin City Council projects, involving work on the Otago Settlers Museum, the Town Hall-Dunedin Centre and the Regent Theatre, could be temporarily shelved in an effort to ease the burden on ratepayers.

Oamaru woman Robyn Couper, who worked as a missionary in Haiti for 33 years, is heading up an emergency earthquake relief initiative there.