4 Mar 2010

Thursday's morning newspapers

11:50 am on 4 March 2010

NZ link to Madeleine McCann disappearance; Destiny Church inner workings revealed; give-way rule blamed for thousands of accidents being scrapped; Christchurch woman is auctioning two "ghosts".

New Zealand Herald

New revelations have emerged of the inner workings of Brian Tamaki's Destiny Church, including claims of eftpos terminals being used to take collections. Former churchgoers contacted the paper after dozens of members have walked out of the Brisbane branch of the church in support of Pastor Andrew Stock, who resigned over a recently introduced covenant that clashed with his beliefs.

An Air New Zealand pilot who did not tell authorities about three drink-driving convictions was described by the airline on Wednesday as a "model citizen".

Dominion Post

In a New Zealand link to the mystery disappearance of British four-year-old Madeleine McCann, a security guard at The Warehouse in Dunedin called police after speaking with a small girl with a British accent who looked remarkably similar to Madeleine, seven months after she disappeared.

A give-way rule blamed for thousands of accidents is being cut off by the Government. A 10-year road-safety strategy announced by Transport Minister Steven Joyce on Wednesday also introduces a zero-alcohol level for drivers under 20 and paves the way to lower limits for all other drivers.

The Press

A supporter of the Government's action plan on road safety says the current give-way rule is confusing and dangerous.

In the most unusual story of the day, a Christchurch woman is auctioning two "captured ghosts" that she believes have haunted her house. Avie Woodbury is selling on Trade Me two vials she says contain spirits exorcised from her New Brighton home.

Otago Daily Times

The paper carries more on Madeleine McCann, saying the footage under current scrutiny was taken in Dunedin in December 2007.

The closure of a Dunedin service to help secondary school pupils with behavioural problems has been described as short-sighted and a tragedy.

The Phoenix Centre will close at the end of term 1.