12 Nov 2009

Thursday's newspaper headlines

3:00 pm on 12 November 2009

Taxpayers to pay 84% of the Kyoto bill; inquiry says banks fail to pass on as much as $2 billion in interest rate cuts; former US soldier who spent a day with a NZ girl during WWII has found her 66 years later.

NZ Herald

Taxpayers will pay 84% of the bill for meeting New Zealand's obligations under the Kyoto Protocol, the New Zealand Herald says, while farmers and large industrial emitters will receive hefty subsidies.

The paper reports Labtests failed to diagnose cancer in tissue taken from a patient with a history of malignant melanoma.

Rugby commentator Murray Mexted says he has been suspended from the Sky Television team after criticising the New Zealand Rugby Union on air.

Dominion Post

Children as young as 12 are taking random drug tests at school after being found with drugs in the playground.

Police have been hunting for at least two armed offenders after the pair stormed into a Stokes Valley home and shot one man and bashed a woman with a gun.

A former US soldier who spent a day with a beautiful girl during the Second World War has found her 66 years later.

The Press

The paper leads with claims from a senior police officer that a number of Christchurch school pupils are struggling to deal with Mondays after a weekend of binge drinking.

An Opposition-led banking inquiry claims banks have pocketed as much as $2 billion in interest rate cuts not passed on to borrowers.

The paper has a photo of Thomas Rewi, 12, who wrote the winning chant in a competition for the All Whites football match against Bahrain. The chant is "he's big, he's bad, he's better than his dad, Rooooooory Fallon, Roooooooooory Fallon."

Otago Daily Times

The paper leads with a war of words over cockle harvesting in Otago Harbour, with claims the practice is not sustainable.

Plagiarism software is about to be introduced at Otago University, the Otago Daily Times reports.

Former Otago District Health Board manager Michael Swann has abandoned his appeal against his sentence for his $16.9 million fraud. He must serve at least four-and-a-half years of his nine-and-a-half year prison sentence.