9 Nov 2009

Monday's newspaper headlines

9:09 am on 9 November 2009

Half the police officers caught drink-driving in the past three years have beaten the charge; Rodney Hide apologises and will repay nearly $12,000 travel costs; sporting great Eric Tindall becomes longest-lived test cricketer.

NZ Herald

Under the headline 'I'm sorry' the New Zealand Herald says after a week of defending himself, Rodney Hide has told a media conference of his shame at his "casual use" of taxpayers' money to holiday in Hawaii and to take his partner, Louise Crome, on a ministerial trip to Britain and the USA.

Hone Harawira has escaped being expelled from the Maori Party, but is likely to be told to publicly apologise for the inflammatory words he used in an email and for visiting Paris instead of staying with an official delegation in Brussels.

Dominion Post

In an investigation by the Dominion Post, the paper says half of all officers caught drink-driving in the past three years have beaten the charge, raising allegations of different laws for police.

Rodney Hide will write out a cheque for nearly $12,000 after making a grovelling apology for his "casual" use of taxpayer funds.

New Zealand sporting great Eric Tindall will on Monday set a new record. He will become the oldest living test cricketer, overtaking the previous record of 98 years and 325 days. He is already the oldest living All Black.

The Press

The paper says the average conviction rate for all drink-drivers in the past three years was more than 95%, compared with less than 38% for police officers.

In his first newspaper interview since admitting he took the drug crystal meth, Andre Agassi tells New Zealand journalist Michael Donaldson about the dramatic revelations in his autobiography, Open.

Otago Daily Times

The paper says a Welshman head-hunted to manage the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin is set to become the Dunedin City Council's second highest-paid employee, with a salary of up to $250,000.

Smoke alarms almost certainly saved the lives of two people sleeping in the house next door to a Dunedin villa that burned to the ground on Saturday night.