20 Dec 2011

Tuesday's newspaper headlines

8:52 am on 20 December 2011

Dairy owner robbed at gunpoint; Golden Bay farm covered in metres of silt; smoking almost nicotine-free cigarettes 'may help you quit'.

NZ Herald

The Herald farewells young mother Natalie Murphy who died on Monday of breast cancer. It had previously been profiling her wish to renew her marriage vows with her husband on New Years Day.

The paper reports on a coroner's findings on the suicide of an Albany pyschiatric patient. It says American euthanasia expert Susan Wilson went to the house where the 49-year-old woman was staying and watched as she took her own life.

A groundbreaking Auckland University study has found it's possible to smoke your way to quitting, using cigarettes which are virtually nicotine free.

Waikato Times

A Ngaruawahia dairy owner was forced to the ground at gunpoint by a gang of teenagers, the paper reports. The 63-year-old was doing bookwork when he looked up to see two balaclava-clad figures rushing at him.

Hamilton councillors are said to be drawing up plans to sell assets worth tens of millions of dollars as they look for ways to improve the city's financial position.

Dominion Post

The paper reports om the devastating scene at a Golden Bay dairy farm. The 430-hectare property is covered by five metres of silt from last week's flooding.

The top overseas story is the death of the man described as a secret despot - North Korea's Kim Jong-il. The paper's international coverage says the death has left the world scrambling for clues over how the regime will maintain stability.

The Press

The Earthquake Commission is expected to announce that 80% of Canterbury's earthquake-damaged homes in the Government-managed repair programme will be fixed within three years.

In contrast, quake repairs to the Christchurch Arts Centre could cost more than $200 million and take 15 years.

A Queensland company is running a campaign to lure Christchurch residents across the Tasman, enticing them to buy into luxury property developments.

Otago Daily Times

The future of the controversial Saddle Hill quarrying operation will be decided by the Environment Court, after the Dunedin City Council announced mediation had failed.

Police say the families of the young men involved in the fatal shooting of a Wanaka farm worker while hunting on Monday were close and have spent time together after the death.

A Wanaka man has been arrested over an alleged million dollar cocaine bust.