Collision leaves teenage sisters dead; girl who couldn't eat makes up for lost time; sweltering Christmas for Dunedin.
New Zealand Herald
Two teenage sisters were killed in a Christmas Day car crash in the Bay of Plenty. Four others, including a toddler, were taken to Tauranga Hospital after a speeding car passed another on Welcome Bay Rd and collided head-on with a third vehicle.
Christmas was shattered for the family of a New Zealand man bashed to death on the Gold Coast on Christmas Eve.
A Waikato Times-Versus Research poll of 400 Waikato residents found 85% said their plans weren't going to be dictated by the global economic crisis.
The paper begins a series profiling six deserving Waikato people who are in the running for the title of the Waikato Times' Person Of The Year. The first is 14-year-old Victoria McAuley whose stand against bullying gained her national prominence.
The paper leads with the story of an 11-year-old girl who spent the first decade of her life being unable to eat and having to be fed through an intravenous line. A year after an intestinal transplant Matisse Read is making up for lost time after developing a taste for squid, olives and anchovies.
Police gave up family time to work through Christmas Day in the hunt for a man who brutally attacked a five-year-old girl in Turangi last week.
Friday's earthquakes may have affected Christmas Eve sales but retailers are still gearing up for the biggest trading day of the year. Cantabrians were expected to be out in force on Boxing Day with City Mall's Re:Start shopping precinct likely to attract large crowds.
Christchurch residents shook off aftershocks and counted their blessings on a Christmas Day unlike any other in the quake-hit city's history. Families sat down to reflect on a year that changed central Christchurch and some suburbs forever, but also brought many communities closer together.
Otago Daily Times
Temperatures in Dunedin soared to the mid-20s on Christmas Day bringing tourists and locals alike to the beach.
The paper says the festive season holds little joy in Christchurch, with a journalist reflecting on a poignant Christmas morning in the city among ruins and red-stickered buildings.