25 May 2009

Monday's newspaper headlines

7:13 am on 25 May 2009

Government must get books out of the red or face credit rating drop; NZ's standard of living is 'at risk' in subsidies row; $16.7 million Lotto winner still to claim prize.

NZ Herald

The paper's lead story warns the Government must get its books out of the red in five years or face further drops to New Zealand's international credit rating.

The New Zealand Herald reports 2,000 protestors who caused chaos when they closed Auckland Harbour Bridge to traffic yesterday are treatening repeat action.

Sir Edmund Hillary's favourite hut at Scott base in Antarctica has been destroyed by fire.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post's lead story says New Zealand's standard of living is at risk as a spat between the United States and the European Union destroys progress on free trade talks.

The paper says there will be no let-up for emergency services as this weekend's wild weather looks set to continue for at least another day.

The holder of a Lotto ticket worth $16.7 million is still to claim the prize. The ticket was purchased in Cambridge.

The Press

The paper's main story tells of residents being evacuated from their homes as heavy rain sends a cliff face tumbling.

The Press says a Catholic priest has condemned Christchurch police for allegedly staking out a funeral and stopping at gunpoint a car carrying mourners. Police were trying to find the dead man's fugitive son.

Following the Crusaders defeat to Bulls, gutsy halfback Andy Ellis' injuries have stymied his hopes for an All Blacks call up.

Otago Daily Times

The ODT leads with the increase of mortgagee property sales in the region.

It says the Government may implement measures considered by the National-led government in 1990 and 1991 to move the country out of recession.

And the paper reports on the graduation of University of Otago students in Dunedin.