8 Oct 2009

Thursday's newspaper headlines

12:45 pm on 8 October 2009

Search for missing Auckland toddler Aisling Symes; clampdown imminent on the sale of medicine containing pseudoephedrine; Christchurch City Council resolves about half its 200 leaky home claims at a cost of $1.2 million.

NZ Herald

The front page features the search for missing Auckland toddler Aisling Symes. Police are focusing on reports of suspicious activity in the suburb of Henderson over the past few weeks, particularly involving child-related offending.

The Herald reports a clampdown is imminent on the sale of medicine containing pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in the drug P.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post also leads with the search for Aisling Symes, saying border officials have been put on alert as fears grow that the two-year-old has been snatched.

Under the headline 'Three, two, one - twang' the paper reports on Wellington's popular reverse bungy, which snapped a crucial cord just seconds before its passengers were due to be rocketed into the air.

A local arsonist has been bailed back to the same council flats where he lit the fires, despite police and council protests, the paper says.

The Press

The Christchurch City Council is playing down the cost of its potential liability for leaky homes. The council says it has resolved about half of its 200 claims at a cost of $1.2 million.

Bleating cellphones and boorish behaviour upset audiences at The Magic Flute since it opened over a week ago, the Press says.

The paper reports on boxer David Tua's emotional homecoming in Apia to help victims of last week's tsunami.

Otago Daily Times

The ODT leads with the story of city councillor and struck-off lawyer Michael Guest who has been reinstated to the High Court's roll of barristers and solicitors.

The University of Otago has gained more than $18 million in the recent Marsden Fund research round.

A new chief executive has been appointed to run Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium. Welshman David Davies, 50, has held roles at Queens Park Rangers soccer club, the Manchester Arena and most recently as managing director of a company specialising in the management of bands, venues and events.