12 Jan 2010

Tuesday's newspaper headlines

1:47 pm on 12 January 2010

"Mr Bigs" of New Zealand's P drug rings are being traced to their homes; bigger and more expensive revamp urged for Queens Wharf; company laws may need to be tightened.

NZ Herald

Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully wants Auckland leaders to adopt a bigger and more expensive revamp for Queens Wharf. This would push up the cost of redeveloping the wharf from $47m to about $100m.

The New Zealand Herald reports two brothers who assaulted the Prime Minister at Waitangi last year are occupying a privately owned former motorcamp at Taipa in the Far North to stop the land being developed.

Dominion Post

Customs are assisting police to break New Zealand's illegal drug rings by attaching tracking devices to imported packages found to be carrying illicit ingredients for drug making. The paper says that's helping authorities trace the big players directly to their homes.

The chair of Parliament's commerce select committee, Lianne Dalziel, says company laws may need to be tightened. Her comments follow reports that an Auckland-registered company was involved in an attempt to ship arms from North Korea to Iran.

The Press

The Press carries the drugs story, saying the "Mr Bigs" of New Zealand's P drug rings are being traced to their homes with tracking devices attached to packages.

Blogger Cameron Slater is facing charges after he revealed the name of a man charged with indecently assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

Otago Daily Times

The paper reports on the economic benefits of upgrading State Highway 1 through Caversham, estimated to be about $68 million over the next 30 years.

92-year-old June Burr is pictured at the wheel of her car, holding her driving license. She's been driving for more than 60 years and has no plans to stop.