12 Nov 2010

Friday's newspaper headlines

8:26 am on 12 November 2010

Faulty gas installations 'could kill'; Driver dead after car and bus collide near Kumeu; scam victim left with $600,000 debt; primary school children leapfrog into record books.

NZ Herald

A school bus and a car collided near Kumeu, west of Auckland on Thursday killing the driver of the car and critically injuring two of the car's passengers.

A real estate agent who bought a $1.27m home with a complete stranger was a victim of an elaborate property scam and now has a $600,000 debt.

Dominion Post

Hundreds of faulty gas installations across the country could explode and kill someone, the former chief executive of a Government-appointed board claims. Philip Routhan, who was sacked from his role at the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board last year, made the claim at an Employment Relations Authority meeting.

A Wellington woman is angry that the man driving the taxi that crashed into her three years ago is fighting to avoid a conviction for another crash on 12 May.

The Press

The paper also carries the story of gas board boss Philip Routhan, who's fighting to get his job back. It says he claims he was asked to lie to Building Minister about safety problems at the request of board chairwoman, which she denies.

Christchurch school pupils have leapt into the Guinness World Records book at the Canterbury A & P show. The world record for the greatest number of people leapfrogging at a single venue was broken by 1348 excited primary children.

Otago Daily Times

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull will face the first major test of his leadership on Monday, when the council he heads reconsiders a controversial road realignment on Lovelock Avenue.

The paper says the gift to the Otago Museum of 17 artefacts representing the life of Sir Edmund Hillary reflects the warm relationship he had with the museum.