19 May 2009

Tuesday's newspaper headlines

9:21 am on 19 May 2009

Retired pharmacist faces lengthy jail term for supplying P ingredients; New Zealanders could be in for windfall from Australian pension funds; Queenstown airport passenger numbers expected to quadruple by 2037.

NZ Herald

The paper reports on retired pharmacist Samuel Ross Pulman who is facing a lengthy jail term for supplying the main ingredients to make the drug P to a narcotics ring. He was charged with nine other defendants in the manufacturing operation.

The New Zealand Herald carries a related story from a reader on its front page - headlined "A Mother's Anguish" - detailing her daughter's battle with the drug.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says thousands of New Zealanders who left money behind in Australian pension funds could be in for a multi-billion dollar windfall from "lost accounts." Australia's Tax Office estimated last year it had the equivalent of almost $17 billion in accounts of people who worked in Australia but had to leave their compulsory super savings behind when they left. The bulk of those funds are believed to have been earned by New Zealanders.

The Press

The High Court in Christchurch has heard that schoolgirl Marie Davis was raped and murdered shortly after having looked at photos and listened to music on her computer, The Press reports. Road worker Dean Stewart Cameron is accused of gaining entry to the 15-year-old's home in Papanui in April last year. He denies rape and murder charges.

Otago Daily Times

The ODT reports that Queenstown International Airport passenger numbers are expected to quadruple by 2037. A forecast says the airport needs to expand to deal with future passenger numbers of around two million a year.