28 Jan 2010

Thursday's newspaper headlines

8:12 am on 28 January 2010

$26m to win over parents on national standards; dogs massacred in 'rifle-killing frenzy'; dairy opponents back Government move to call in consent applications

NZ Herald

The paper describes how a fight between neighbours lead to the frenzied killing of 33 of Rowan Hargreaves' dogs in rural Wellsford.

Ross Taylor has been made the new vice-captain of the Black Caps, amidst great secrecy.

Auckland and Manukau ratepayers will have to cough up $28 million to maintain their councils' stakes in Auckland Airport, as it's issuing new shares.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post has a photo of an 11-year-old girl who chased a fleeing burglar, wielding her father's walking stick.

Education Minister Anne Tolley will spearhead a $26 million charm offensive to ease the introduction of national standards in primary and intermediate schools next week.

The man found dead in a New Plymouth garage may have been killed in Wellington, where he lived with the men charged over his death.

The Press

The paper is reporting on the bank robbery that lead to a high speed police pursuit from Temuka to Ashburton yesterday. Police stopped chasing the car before it crashed, damaging two cars, and leaving one man in hospital, The Press reports.

Telecom has commissioned an independent review of its XT network after a second outage in as many months left thousands of customers unable to use their cellphones on Wednesday.

Otago Daily Times

Opponents of plans to start large scale dairy operations in the Upper Waitaki region are pleased with the Environment Minister's decision to "call in" consent applications. This means a decision on whether the plan can go ahead will by made by a five-member board of inquiry, rather than the local regional council.

Biosecurity staff are rushing to Dunedin to inspect the Octagon's ailing plane trees, the paper reports.