26 May 2009

Tuesday's newspaper headlines

8:53 am on 26 May 2009

Police shut down armed Martinborough "vigilante" group; PM's proposals to combat the drug "P"; Condemnation of North Korea's nuclear test.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with Prime Minister John Key's proposal to combat the drug "P" by banning psuedoephidrine from use in over the counter cold and flu tablets.

North Korea's nuclear weapons test triggers a red alert across the world.

The paper says the Westpac runaways are unlikely to race theft charges. Police say if Leo Gao and Kara Hurring return to New Zealand they will probably face charges relating to access and use of a computer.

Dominion Post

The paper's lead story says police shut down an armed "vigilante" group in Martinborough after a violent clash with local youths.

The Dominion Post says the winner of a $16.3 million dollar lotto ticket celebrated by spending 30 dollars of Chinese takeaways and a few beers.

Also on the front page is a story about the number 13 being banished from Palmerston North streets due to an old and obscure council policy. Most of the city's home street numbers jump from 11 to 15.

The Press

North Korea's nuclear test dominates the front page of The Press which says New Zealand is joining the worldwide condemnation.

Research results show that more than one third of New Zealand's 16-year-olds have had sex. Half of those polled say they have already been in love.

Otago Daily Times

The top story in the ODT is of an agreement reached by Trustpower and the Gore District Council over plans for a $400 million windfarm at Kaiwera Downs. However factors outside the power company's control mean the project is on hold.

Dunedin's Mayor Peter Chin took control of an excavator to officially launch demolition work for the Forsyth Barr Stadium. After lurching it backwards he sent an assistant toppling from the machine, in front of gathered media.