3 Dec 2008

Wednesday's newspaper headlines

10:24 am on 3 December 2008

NZ Herald

The paper is leading with an Air Force Hercules on its way to Thailand - making New Zealand the first country to call in its military to help citizens stranded by unrest. The National Party is fuming after finding a $1 billion shortfall in the ACC budget. And the New Zealand Herald's front page is dominated by a picture of All Black Mils Muliaina and his baby son Max, after the team's Grand Slam tour.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post warns that Big Brother is watching - but adds that New Zealanders appear to like it - with internet search engine Google reporting an 'overwhelming response' to its Street View mapping system. It is feared that deteriorating weather conditions will mean two Japanese climbers trapped on Mount Cook since Saturday may have to remain there until Friday. And the paper says a 4-year-old Auckland girl who was brain damaged at birth has undergone an experimental treatment in the United States, in which she received a transfusion of her own umbilical cord blood.

The Press

The paper leads with the story of the Japanese climbers who are trapped on the same spot on Mount Cook where Mark Inglis and Philip Doole were stranded in 1982. The Press says a who clamped the car of a pregnant paraplegic woman claims his former colleagues get $25 commission for every car they clamp. And the Christchurch City Council has stopped all non-essential maintenance on social housing after the High Court ruled against its planned rent increase.

Otago Daily Times

The paper says the man accused of landing the Otago DHB with almost $17 million in IT costs claims the operation was value for money. The ODT says Meridian Energy is delighted to be getting water for a new $900 million power scheme - while other parties are 'gobsmacked' by the decision. And Highlanders player Ross Kennedy describes his lucky escape from Thailand.