24 Aug 2009

Monday's newspaper headlines

10:12 am on 24 August 2009

Cabinet is expected to reject Maori super-council seats; most Otago secondary schools to axe night classes when funding cut; the person most likely to rip off a business is a manager; skippers of small boats risking death by getting too close to Cook Strait ferries.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says Cabinet is expected to reject Maori reserved seats on the Auckland super-city council. The paper says John Key must be careful not to be seen to be giving in to the ultimatum from ACT leader Rodney Hide that he will quit if National approves the seats.

A financial industry survey has shown the person most likely to rip off a business is a manager.

Another survey, by US researchers, says that a study of tweets and blogs shows Mondays are in fact our second favourite day of the week, while Wednesday is the day people like the least.

Dominion Post

The paper leads with the smacking referendum result and says MPs are being bombarded with emails from angry voters calling for a law change. Mr Key is expected on Monday to outline measures aimed at reassuring parents but stopping short of any law change.

Skippers of small boats are being warned they are cheating death by getting too close to Cook Strait ferries.

Wellington Zoo's pygmy marmoset Machu escaped on Sunday but was too nervous to go far without his mate Picchu and was easily recaptured.

The Press

An electricity deal is expected to chop 20% off some households' prices some of the time. It applies to weekend power prices for domestic consumers with smart meters in parts of Canterbury under a deal between lines company Orion and online retailer Powershop.

A Christchurch vet says owners are having their dogs debarked because they are too lazy to train or exercise them.

The Press carries the story of Caitlyn Matthews who was shaken as a baby by her father and is now severely disabled and being cared for by her grandparents.

Otago Daily Times

The ODT leads with a dispute over the number of assaults at Milburn Prison. The Corrections Association says there have been 128 since it opened two years ago and guards are "holding on for grim life". The Corrections Department says there have been just seven assaults.

Most Otago secondary schools offering Adult and Community Education courses are likely to cut them when Government funding is cut next year.

Cruise ships may have to start turning out their lights at night in southern waters to prevent disoriented birds flying into them.