27 Oct 2010

Wednesday's newspaper headlines

9:22 am on 27 October 2010

Rochelle Crewe asks PM for an independent inquiry into deaths of her parents; 13-year-old admits manslaughter charge; city leaders back retailer's proposal to downsize Christchurch's Cathedral Square.

NZ Herald

The paper talks to the family of the young victim in a Gisborne shooting death. A 13-year-old East Coast boy has admitted a charge of manslaughter after shooting an 11-year-old relative during an argument over a hunting trip.

An employment expert says only a new law will give Warner Bros the guarantee it wants on labour laws to keep The Hobbit films in New Zealand.

Rochelle Crewe - unhappy with last week's police decision to review the investigation - has asked the Prime Minister for an independent inquiry into the unsolved deaths of her parents 40 years ago.

Dominion Post

On the East Cape shooting death, the paper says the dead boy's family wept as his killer pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The makers of The Hobbit have sought more taxpayer cash after a two-hour meeting with the Prime Minister John Key failed to secure the films for New Zealand.

The paper visits Wellington pensioner Archie Holmes who turns 100 years old on Wednesday. Mr Holmes still grows all his own vegetables, cooks his own meals and regularly breaks into renditions of his favourite Irish tunes.

The Press

A proposal from a leading Christchurch retailer to downsize Cathedral Square has won backing from city leaders. Ballantynes managing director Richard Ballantyne has called for slow-traffic lanes through the pedestrian areas and extra planting to make Cathedral Square feel more intimate.

On The Hobbit, the paper says Mr Key and other senior ministers emerged from crisis talks at Premier House downbeat but pledging to continue talks through the night.

Otago Daily Times

New data shows Queenstown remains New Zealand's fastest growing area in terms of population.

Dunedin City Council candidate Bev Butler has dropped her bid for an election recount because of costs, and has raised the spectre of future recounts becoming the preserve of the rich.