24 Apr 2009

Friday's newspaper headlines

9:05 am on 24 April 2009

TV3 faces fines of up to $300,000 after trying to sidestep laws on advertising; pregnant lawyer sentenced to prison for fraud; RSA trio poisoned.

NZ Herald

The paper says a senior lawyer who stole nearly $200,000 from clients of two law firms has been sentenced to prison despite being pregnant. Emma Jane Garnett pleaded guilty to six counts in the Auckland District Court.

Housing New Zealand has apologised to its minister after its staff questioned the Government's approach to social housing developments in a submission to a select committee. Making the submission breached Cabinet Manual rules, which require ministerial approval.

TV3 faces fines of up to $300,000 after trying to sidestep laws against screening advertisements on Sunday mornings. The ads ran during the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says 55 people exposed to a Wellington health carer infected with tuberculosis have tested positive for the germs that cause the potentially deadly disease.

Three people have been admitted to Dunedin hospital after drinking a poisonous chemical they thought was water from a jug at a RSA bar.

The Press

The paper reports cockpit doors on board flights within New Zealand will be strengthened to prevent passengers attacking pilots, but further security options could prove too expensive. The Government on Thursday released its report into aviation security after an alleged hijacking of a flight from Blenheim last year.

A group opposing Dunedin's controversial stadium yesterday told the High Court in Christchurch that a $13 million hole had appeared in the finances for the project.

A $500,000 fishing boat, the Venture, has been wrecked on a West Coast beach, running aground near Greymouth late on Wednesday night.

Otago Daily Times

The ODT which leads with the stadium hearing and says Justice Lester Chisholm's decision to be released on Friday will either confirm the project, or initiate a new round of debate.

On the RSA poisoning, the paper reports a 77-year-old man and a 79-year-old woman remain in a serious condition in hospital after possibly drinking a chemical used for cleaning beer lines at the Waikouaiti RSA last Friday.