7 Jul 2010

Wednesday's newspaper headlines

8:10 am on 7 July 2010

David Bain's lawyer 'disgusted' with TV documentary; Labour's farewell perks; video clears rape claim; children's home cuts staff and services.

NZ Herald

A television documentary claiming to have new evidence that Robin Bain could not have killed his family has been labelled unadulterated rubbish by David Bain's legal team. However they have confirmed they tried to get the documentary postponed, while David Bain fights for compensation.

Three rugs, four necklaces and a wristwatch from former French President Jacques Chirac were among the gifts Helen Clark took with her when she was ousted from power in 2008. A letter from Miss Clark to incoming Prime Minister John Key, released through the Official Information Act, has revealed details of the gifts.

In a move likely to be music to the ears of rugby fans and TV viewers, the vuvuzela is banned from Eden Park for this weekend's All Blacks-South Africa test.

Dominion Post

A man who secretly filmed himself having sex with a woman subsequently used the recording to clear himself of rape suspicions, the paper reports.

Night surfing could come to Wellington's Lyall Bay in a proposal that would see floodlights in street-level bunkers shine across the waves.

Underwater grunts, chirps and pops recorded by an Auckland scientist have revealed a mysterious language used by New Zealand fish.

The Press

A Christchurch police officer who has been repeatedly attacked during his 13-year career is welcoming tougher penalties for assaults on police and prison staff.

Former Green Party co-leader Rod Donald is to be remembered with a new $3.4 million trust named in his memory.

Funding pressures have forced the Cholmondeley children's home, near Christchurch, to cut staff and services.

Otago Daily Times

David Bain's lawyer, Michael Reed says he's absolutely disgusted with the television documentary The Investigator Special and with what he describes as the inaccuracies in it.

More than $7 million in funding for the construction of another three cycle trails in Otago has been confirmed.