25 Aug 2010

Wednesday's newspaper headlines

9:10 am on 25 August 2010

Censured policeman gets top job; Facebook gives new evidence on Carmen Thomas; steps unveiled to address adventure tourism industry safety record.

NZ Herald

The family of a 68-year-old Auckland pharmacist at the centre of a police investigation into the death of an intruder in his store say he has been through a very traumatic ordeal. The New Zealand Herald understands the pharmacist struggled with the man and was holding him down when he went into cardiac arrest.

Police investigating the disappearance of Auckland woman Carmen Thomas say they are closer to catching her killer.

Facebook yesterday produced a new clue - evidence that Ms Thomas was alive at least 24 hours after the last confirmed sighting of her.

Dominion Post

A senior policeman caught accessing the police computer to pass on information to a private investigator has been promoted to head the Police College's investigation and intelligence school.

On the pharmacy death, the paper says the store owner has been told by doctors to rest because of the stress.

A former inmate who spent time with double-murderer John Barlow in prison predicts he will have little trouble stepping into his new life. Barlow was released on Wednesday.

The Press

Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson says some adventure tourism operations are likely to be shut as a result of planned new safety checks into the industry.

Prime Minister John Key says current restrictions on media reporting of suicides are becoming somewhat defunct because of the internet.

The paper has an interview with international snow boarding judge Ste'en Webster - the only Kiwi among about 30 top international officials at the Junior World Championships at Cardrona.

Otago Daily Times

Steps to address the safety record of New Zealand's $3 billion adventure tourism industry unveiled on Tuesday have been welcomed by Queenstown operators.