12 May 2010

Wednesday's newspaper headlines

8:30 am on 12 May 2010

Parents tell of their grief at teen's alcohol death; health system 'a lottery'; enrolment caps on 20 Otago University programmes; Waltham probation centre court challenge planned.

NZ Herald

The parents of James Webster speak of their grief the death of the 16-year-old who had drunk a bottle of vodka outside a party. Penny and Charles Webster have been speaking to as many people possible to try to build a picture of what happened.

Police say they will use undercover tactics - including hiding behind trees with video cameras to film motorists - in a hardline campaign to cut down the road toll.

Dominion Post

The former Health and Disability Commissioner says a "postcode lottery" health system contributed to a Blenheim woman's three-year wait to have a brain tumour diagnosed. Ron Paterson has used one of his final reports to criticise patients' inequitable access to treatment - it depends on where they live.

The puppet-master of Kiwi football has found himself at the other end of the strings. All Whites and Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert has been immortalised as a puppet at Wellington's Backbencher Pub .

The Press

Opponents are threatening High Court action to stop a controversial probation centre planned for the Christchurch suburb of Waltham.

The Press has ACC figures showing more people are suffering severe facial injuries after being kicked or trampled by horses. In 2008-09 there about 1500 ACC claims were made for moderate to serious horse-riding-related injuries at a cost of just under $10 million.

A $250,000 Christchurch Lotto prize is still unclaimed - and you'd better get a move on because it's already halfway to its expiry date.

Otago Daily Times

The former chief post office in Dunedin's Exchange has been bought by an Invercargill businessman for yet another attempt at a hotel development.

Enrolling at the University of Otago has just become more difficult. Enrolment caps have been placed on 20 undergraduate and sub-degree programmes next semester, with vice-chancellor Sir David Skegg saying caps will also be required next year.