20 Jul 2009

Monday's newspaper headlines

7:08 am on 20 July 2009

Country's biggest credit agency to assess creditworthiness of each New Zealander; Australian authorities want access to criminal records of New Zealanders; plans for free wireless internet network in Dunedin.

NZ Herald

The paper leads with the country's biggest credit agency Veda Advantage launching a new system to assess the creditworthiness of each individual New Zealander.

Labour Party leader Phil Goff is calling for the Government to consider paying unemployment benefit to workers laid off in the downturn, regardless of the income of their spouses.

Legendary All Black fullback Bob Scott believes he was deliberately targetted by Australian supporters when he was hit in the head by a rugby ball shortly before kick-off in Saturday's test.

Dominion Post

Leading the Dominion Post - Australian authorities want access to the criminal records of New Zealanders, amid fears that people are crossing the Tasman to continue lives of crime.

The ACDC concert in Wellington next January will cost music lovers $160 a ticket, a price the paper says will leave fans thunderstruck.

The paper marks the first walk of man on the Moon 40 years ago on Monday.

The Press

Canterbury schools are bracing for a double whammy of swine flu and measles, the paper says, as a new school term gets under way.

Christchurch firefighters were confronted by skinheads carrying steel bars when they arrived to extinguish a bonfire at an Addington party on Saturday night.

The Press talks to an Ashburton man who set up the laboratory that analysed the first moon rocks back in 1969.

Otago Daily Times

The paper's lead says there are plans for a free wireless internet network in Dunedin.

Health campaigners are critical of the Government's decision to suspend plans to compel the addition of folic acid to bread.

After criticism by ODT columnist Gordon Parry that today's young people are slothful and selfish, eight youths aged between 12 and 17 have written to the paper pointing to their voluntary work.