Friday's headlines: Fallen soldiers brought home; declaratory judgement to be sought in High Court over Anglican Church's plans for the cathedral in Christchurch; UNESCO keeping an eye on Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks.
Hope against hope' is the headline in The New Zealand Herald, accompanied by the pictures of two Spotswood College students and a rock climbing instructor missing in high seas off New Plymouth since Monday.
Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits and Education Centre which was running the course the trio was on, is promising full co-operation with investigators.
The paper also reports the involvement of a secret Government organisation before the raid on Kim Dotcom's mansion emerged during cross-examination of a police witness in the High Court in Auckland on Thursday.
The Waikato Times reports more people in the region support gay marriage than oppose it, according to a new poll carried out by the paper. Of 600 people canvassed, the poll found 46% in support of gay marriage and 39% opposed.
More than a dozen Waikato Blue Chip investors are thought to be in line to get their deposits in Auckland apartments back as a result of a Supreme Court ruling.
The Dominion Post reports pedestrians failing to look properly before stepping off the kerb, are blamed for a spate of accidents along revamped bus lanes in Wellington. At least 13 pedestrians have been hit since a bus lane in Manners Street opened in November 2010.
The Press says emotional scenes marked the return home of New Zealand's two slain soldiers just before midnight on Thursday. A ramp ceremony was held at Christchurch international airport as the bodies of Lance Corporal Pralli Durrer of Christchurch, and Lance Corporal Rory Malone, from Auckland, arrived back on home soil.
A fight to save the Christ Church Cathedral is heading to the High Court with the Great Christchurch Building Trust confirming it will seek a declaratory judgement to determine whether the Anglican Church's plans for the cathedral, have breached an act of Parliament protecting church buildings.
The Otago Daily Times reports Dunedin Hospital was at 100% capacity on Thursday dealing with seasonal illness, but Southern District Health Board says the hospital is coping.
UNESCO is keeping a close eye on the Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks and their status as a World Heritage site, which may be under threat from two commercial proposals.