Thursday's headlines: Man sentenced to prison for 28 days for swearing at judge from the public gallery; Otago ratepayers to get first option on tickets to Elton John concert; black-tie party at a mid-Canterbury station ended on a sour note.
The New Zealand Herald reports a New Zealand banking analyst is behind bars in Dubai after calling police for help when a jilted lover attacked him with a knife.
And the paper understands a high-profile household name was arrested after an argument with his wife during which he jumped on the bonnet of their car in central Auckland.
The Dominion Post reports a judge has sentenced a man to prison for 28 days for swearing at him from the public gallery, saying he's had enough of criminals and their supporters being rude and arrogant.
A little girl spent hours in "agony" waiting for surgery for a badly broken arm, after Wellington hospital gave her only paracetamol for the pain.
And the hot summer is leading adult moreporks to throw chicks out of their nests because they are finding it too stifling to raise them.
The Press reports that orthopaedic surgeons say a growing number of people declined surgery by ACC have little chance of getting treatment in the public system.
A black-tie party at a mid-Canterbury station catered by celebrity chef Simon Gault ended on a sour note with an altercation between the renowned cook and a Springfield bus driver.
And a Christchurch busker returns home to play the World Buskers Festival after stunning critics and packing theatres in Britain.
The Otago Daily Times reports Otago ratepayers will get first option on tickets to a concert by Elton John at Forsyth Barr Stadium in November.
One of Dunedin's biggest commuter bus companies is interested in buying its loss-making, council-owned competitor.
And an aviation report shows arrivals at Dunedin international airport pumped an extra 60% in revenue into the city and the wider Otago region last year.