27 Oct 2009

Tuesday's morning paper headlines

11:35 am on 27 October 2009

A free-trade deal with Malaysia, the cost of earthquake-proofing, boy racers and options for rubbish and recycling schemes are the topics that lead the four main dailies today.

New Zealand Herald

Prime Minister John Key says the signing of a free-trade deal with Malaysia is another vital move towards a "step change" for the New Zealand economy.

The agreement, signed in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, will give a boost to New Zealand's kiwifruit industry, as well as providing a bigger market for liquid milk exports.

Dominion Post

Wellington ratepayers face a $42m bill to bring the city's earthquake-vulnerable buildings up to scratch over the next decade.

Families and staff at Wellington Hospital's embattled child cancer service have been given hope: the unit's remaining specialist has extended her contract.

The Press

Christchurch's boy racers have again hit the headlines overseas, with a German magazine saying residents are afraid of car-based "terrorism".

Otago Daily Times

Two options for the future of Dunedin's rubbish and recycling have emerged as the public's favourites - one includes providing a new wheelie bin for every home, the other is sticking with the status quo.