14 Dec 2010

Tuesday's newspaper headlines

10:46 am on 14 December 2010

Twenty-two people feared dead after ship sinks in icy seas; many Auckland drivers believe traffic congestion harms their health; alleged kidnapping of two Moeraki men.

NZ Herald

A witness describes how a quiet suburban dinner party on Australia's Gold Coast turned bloody, with a New Zealand man shot dead in front of his wife and daughter. An Australian court on Monday heard evidence against the accused gunman, also a former New Zealander.

A new international survey says almost a third of Auckland drivers believe traffic congestion is harming their health and performance either in work or in class.

Dominion Post

Police will have easier access to guns from next year, with Prime Minister John Key admitting more armed officers are inevitable. Commissioner Howard Broad has delivered a report, drafted after the shooting of two Christchurch officers, to Police Minister Judith Collins. It recommends more guns be carried in police vehicles and more officers be trained to use them.

On the international traffic survey, there's good news for Wellingtonians who are said to experience less commuter pain than most cities worldwide. In the survey, Wellington ranks with Melbourne and Houston as second-best for the level of commuter stress, behind only Stockholm. Auckland was the worst rated New Zealand city.

The Press

Redundancy payments are in doubt for Pike River Coal workers after the crippled coalminer went into receivership. Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union national secretary Andrew Little says the announcement looks bad for staff already reeling from the loss of 29 colleagues.

The death toll from a South Korean fishing vessel which sank in the Southern Ocean yesterday is likely to rise to 22 as hopes faded for 17 people missing in the freezing waters.

Otago Daily Times

The police say two Moeraki men were allegedly detained in their houses by two others who then ordered them out of town. Two men from North Otago were subsequently jointly charged with kidnapping over last week's incident.