17 Apr 2009

Friday's newspaper headlines

10:37 am on 17 April 2009

OECD warning over NZ economy; Tony Veitch guilty plea; gang members accused of torching rival's car outside Dunedin courthouse.

NZ Herald

Under headlines which read 'Her Story' and 'His Story', the New Zealand Herald leads with the Tony Veitch guilty plea. The paper quotes Kristin Dunne-Powell as saying that agreeing to a plea bargain was a difficult decision for her. For his part, Tony Veitch says he cannot wait to get on with his life and hopes to be a father soon.

Also on the front page, a report from the OECD says the economy is in for a long and deep recession, but the Government has done all it prudently can to stimulate the economy.

Dominion Post

The paper's headline on the Tony Veitch story reads 'Celebrity Justice'. The Dominion Post provides a list of what it calls Team Veitch, including Graeme Henry, Susan Devoy and Bernadine Oliver Kirby, who provided glowing testimonials to the court .

A train driver dozed for nearly 30 minutes as his fully laden freight train travelled for 15km down tracks in Marlborough it had no permission to be on.

The Press

The Press has more on the OECD report, which warns that New Zealand's indebted economy is "especially vulnerable" in the global recession.

On Tony Veitch, the paper quotes Kristin Dunne-Powell as saying she does not believe he is remorseful for what he has done.

Otago Daily Times

The ODT says Labour MP Lianne Dalziel has called for supermarkets to "lose the right" to sell alcohol because of the practice of making a loss on the products in order to entice people into stores.

Dunedin police are searching for gang members believed to have started a fire which extensively damaged a rival's car parked outside the Dunedin courthouse.

Dunedin city leaders have criticised Air New Zealand following the latest reductions in trans-Tasman flights.