14 Sep 2009

Monday's newspaper headlines

8:07 am on 14 September 2009

Outrage over Dunedin rioting; Labour prepared to consider capital gains tax; Auckland health boards intervene at community laboratory.

NZ Herald

Six senior health officials will intervene at Labtests on the instructions of Auckland's district health board heads, who have demanded the new diagnostic laboratory service fix its problems.

In the wake of the latest Undie 500, the mayor of Dunedin wants students involved in weekend riots to be punished without regard for their future careers, the Herald says.

Labour leader Phil Goff says his party is prepared to discuss a capital gains tax with the Government. Mr Goff says the party's bottom line would be that the tax would not apply to family homes.

Dominion Post

A youth health service boss used more than $20,000 of taxpayers' money to fund lavish shopping sprees while her organisation struggled to pay staff on time, the Dominion Post says.

Some students say police over-reacted in quelling the disorder in Dunedin over the weekend, and plan to complain to the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

The Press.

Police had to call for backup supplies of pepper spray to subdue the rioting which rocked Dunedin.

A searcher says the chance of survival for a young ski-mountaineer buried in ice in Arthur's Pass has "surpassed zero".

The Press reports the bodies of Tisha Lowry and Rebecca Somerville, whose bodies were found buried beneath a Christchurch house, were laid to rest over the weekend.

Otago Daily Times

The ODT which says city leaders have reacted with fury after the arrival of the Undie 500 again brought a weekend of violence, bottle-throwing and baton-charges to the streets of North Dunedin. Mayor Peter Chin says the reputation of the university and the city have been damaged.

Public Health South supports comprehensive changes to liquor laws including minimum pricing, raising the purchasing age to 20 and banning sales from dairies.