Thursday papers: Muslim woman barred from a courthouse in Hastings for wearing a headscarf; call for blanket 2am closing time for bars in Queenstown.
The New Zealand Herald reports many heart patients are not getting the treatment they need - so face an increased risk of dying. The paper says the research by Auckland University is likely to change the way people are cared for.
Outrageous Fortune is pictured being watched on a cellphone. The paper reports a deal between Telecom and TV stations means a variety of free-to-air programmes can now be watched on your mobile.
And the Herald says Kiwibank is suggesting that switch between banks be made easier.
The Dominion Post pictures a Muslim woman barred from a courthouse in Hastings for wearing a headscarf.
New cost cutting moves by police could spark a rural fight-back.
Under the headline 'Laws accused of bullying pupils', the paper reports a group of primary school children wrote to Wanganui mayor Michael Laws suggesting an 'h' be added to the city's spelling.
He wrote back suggesting their teacher be sacked and they should control their anger.
The Press pictures a primary school class surrounding their teacher, who's about to shave off his dreadlocks for charity. The article says most of his all boys class, including one who has spent the past 18 months growing an afro, will join him.
The paper also reports there is to be a shake-up of Canterbury's water system.
And The Press says a homestay parent in Christchurch believes a school-bus attack on a Thai girl is part of everyday "race hate" in the city.
The Otago Daily Times reports a call for a blanket 2am closing time for bars in Queenstown.
The paper also pictures Otago netball's co-captain and her boyfriend, who is the Otago Rugby captain. Both are charged with beating Auckland in games this weekend.
TrustPower is expected to announced early next year that it's ready to start building the Mahinerangi windfarm.