30 Sep 2009

Wednesday's newspaper headlines

7:13 am on 30 September 2009

Remote-controlled drone aircraft could patrol NZ waters; parents of misbehaving children will be made to attend parenting classes; Dunedin City Council aims to earn up to $3m this year from selling forestry carbon credits.

NZ Herald

Remote-controlled drone aircraft could be used to patrol New Zealand's waters, the paper says. Defence staff are studying the drones, best known for their role in Iraq and Afghanistan and capable of staying in the air for up to 32 hours.

A badly injured woman was pulled from the wreckage of a Cessna that crashed on Great Barrier Island on Tuesday. The two pilots and three other passengers were unhurt.

Dominion Post

The Government is poised to announce more than 12,000 parents of misbehaving children will be made to attend parenting classes. The $45 million dollar scheme aims to save billions by nipping trouble-making in the bud.

Napier police officers are pictured at the unveiling of a plaque to Constable Len Snee, killed by gunman Jan Molenaar in May.

The Press

The Government has ditched plans to axe the jobs of 770 teachers, the paper reports. Education Minister Anne Tolley backed away from the cost-cutting measure when she realised the scale of likely job losses.

A do-it-yourself drug testing kit being marketed to parents has been criticised by children's advocates.

The Press carries a photo of 95-year-old Picton man Ian Mathieson lifting weights as he prepares to become the oldest competitor at this week's South Island Masters Games.

Otago Daily Times

The ODT says the Dunedin City Council is aiming to earn up to $3 million this year from selling forestry carbon credits.

The widow of a Queenstown man who was killed when a poplar tree fell on his vehicle tells the paper she's shocked the local council has decided to let the remaining trees remain standing.

A Gore restaurant had an unexpected customer on Tuesday morning - an elderly woman who mistakenly selected reverse and drove her car through a large window into the dining area. Luckily, no one was dining at the time.