3 Aug 2010

Tuesday's newspaper headlines

10:02 am on 3 August 2010

NZ tourist found dead in Bali, Wellington businesses struggling; Genesis and Meridian forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to buy power stations.

NZ Herald

A New Zealand surfer has been found dead on a beach in Bali, apparently the victim of a brutal murder. Jordan Lucas's parents are flying to Bali to identify him.

Former MP and broadcaster Pam Corkery is looking for property to house New Zealand's first brothel for women. The brothel is to be the subject of a reality TV series.

Dominion Post

There are more than 19 empty shops in central Wellington, and local businesses are struggling. The Wellington Chamber of Commerce says the downturn is being felt across the city.

Last-ditch mediation has settled a $12.7 million leaky building claim days before a 10-week hearing was due to start.

Maranui Cafe at Lyall Bay was damaged by an early morning fire on Monday, almost a year to the day since it was gutted in a blaze.

The Press

Only a few tickets are left for the Bledisloe Cup test against the Wallabies in Christchurch on Saturday, the paper reports.

New Zealand's two biggest electricity companies, Genesis and Meridian, are being forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to buy power stations that are being transferred.

And the hunt for a New Zealand thalidomide victim who has been awarded a million dollar compensation payment is creating turmoil for a near namesake. Ashburton man Craig Philip has been inundated with calls and emails from wellwishers - the man awarded the money is called Craig Phillips.

Otago Daily Times

A former Dunedin Hospital intensive care director as saying five more people will die a year and others will be severely brain damaged if the hospital loses its neurosurgery unit. A march on the issue is planned for Friday.

Details of credit card spending by the Queenstown Lakes District Council include a $700 art voucher for departing chief executive Duncan Field, the paper says.