5 Feb 2009

Thursday's newspaper headlines

7:19 am on 5 February 2009

New police approach to DNA testing; Auckland should brace itself for more power outages; proposed Dunedin stadium could have $35m funding shortfall.

NZ Herald

The paper says Auckland should brace itself for more power outages thanks to what it describes as a the "creaky state" of the electricity grid.

The Herald is reporting John Key's warning that there are limited actions the government can take to stave off the economic crisis.

The paper carries a front page photo of Brooklyn, 5, walking to school with her mother Helen Paton, who was herself photographed by the paper on her first day at school, 23 years ago.

The Dominion Post

The Dominion Post looks at a new police approach to DNA testing. It reports samples are now being taken from people committing petty theft, including a man who stole vegetables from a neighbour's garden.

The paper has a photo of a pack of rugby Sevens-goers dressed up as giant playing cards. It reports it will cost more to buy food and drink at the event on Friday because of a public holiday surcharge.

The Press

The headline "Drifting from the dark side" sits above a photo of boy racer turned drift champion Tiger White. He is recommending crushing boy racers' cars as the best deterrent to bad behaviour.

The paper reports John Key has defended his tax plan against claims Australia is doing more to protect jobs.

The Press also has the headline "OK to tell boss to stick his job", saying the statement is not always the same as a resignation.

Otago Daily Times

The ODT says murder-accused David Bain is back in Dunedin to prepare for his retrial.

It reports the new stadium proposed for Dunedin could have a funding shortfall of as much as $35 million.

The Otago Daily Times says the Treble Cone Ski Area has revealed a tough year on the slopes - with a trading loss of $486,000.