17 Jan 2011

Monday's newspaper headlines

8:02 am on 17 January 2011

Government gets tough over traffic fines; hold on interest rates on the cards; Victoria faces its worst floods in 100 years.

NZ Herald

Drivers with overdue traffic fines could have their licences suspended under a proposed law, which could also send people with overdue fines to prison.

The paper reports NZ Post has been told it must reinstate a postie accused of making sexual comments to a woman living on his delivery route and of walking into her home uninvited to help himself to her baking.

The hot weather over most of the country at the weekend is set to continue.

Dominion Post

Experts are predicting the Reserve Bank will keep official interest rates low until at least September - though economists still expect a recovery this year.

Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown is suggesting her city councillors take up ballroom dancing or language lessons to improve their performance.

After 30 days on the water, American solo round-the-world sailor Brad Van Liew landed at Wellington's Queens Wharf on Sunday.

The Press

Victoria faces its worst floods in 100 years, with much of northern, western and central Victoria sliding beneath record murky brown floodwaters at the weekend. Four major rivers in flood have affected about a quarter of the state, with the worst to come.

The Press is reporting that the heatwave is set to break, with bad weather and cooler temperatures heading towards Canterbury tomorrow.

Otago Daily Times

Dunedin city councillors are divided over the possibility of delaying multi-million dollar capital projects to ease the pressure on ratepayers. The council's 2011/12 pre-draft annual plan forecasts a rates rise of 6.1%.

The Cancer Society in Otago and Southland faces a loss of between $200,000 and $300,000 if interest in one of their key fundraisers - 'Relay for Life' - doesn't pick up.