1 Dec 2010

Wednesday's newspaper headlines

9:08 am on 1 December 2010

Divers scour lake for teen; hopes fade for recovering Pike River mine bodies; airline to cut fares 'by half', Wellington Zoo in race for giant pandas.

NZ Herald

Police divers scoured a popular swimming hole on Tuesday for a 16-year-old business school student who disappeared after jumping into the water from a cliff at Auckland's Lake Pupuke.

Thousands of tickets to the Rugby World Cup are still available despite earlier warnings that seats would sell out. With more tickets going on sale on Wednesday, some are even available for the opening match, between New Zealand and Tonga, at Eden Park.

Dominion Post

Wellington's new two-way bus lane has had its second casualty in two days after a woman was knocked down by a bus in Manners St. The bus company is warning more people will be hit unless pedestrians are vigilant, while a drivers' union describes the route is a dodgy setup.

The outgoing chair of the international festival of the arts, Fran Wilde, says Wellingtonians need to show more support for the festival if they want it to remain in the capital.

Wellington Zoo is in a four-way race with Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch to host a breeding pair of giant pandas.

The Press

Christchurch travellers could fly to Europe for $1000 return with the arrival to the city of cut-price Malaysian airline AirAsiaX.

The Government says high-level emergency planning to respond to a large-scale disaster is under way ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup.

American singer Jack Johnson has brought smiles and new wheels to Canterbury children, helping handout new bikes to 50 youngsters as part of a gift from the charity Variety.

Otago Daily Times

Hopes of recovering bodies are fast fading for friends and relatives of the 29 miners lost at the Pike River Coal mine.

Otago pipfruit growers have welcomed a World Trade Organisation ruling opening the Australian market to New Zealand apple exporters for the first time in 89 years.