14 Jan 2010

Thursday's newspaper headlines

9:31 am on 14 January 2010

All the major daily newspapers have extensive coverage of the earthquake in Haiti.

Many focus on the desperate search by a New Zealand woman for her husband and daughters trapped in the rubble of a collapsed hotel in Port-au-Prince.

The New Zealand Herald also reports aid agencies are already responding to the crisis. Some have put out appeals for emergency aid, while others are trying to reach staff in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. World Vision and Oxfam have also launched emergency response teams to assess the damage.

The Dominion Post carries a front-page picture of residents running through a street in the capital Port-au-Prince, past the rubble of fallen buildings. The paper says the damage is staggering even in a country accustomed to tragedy and disaster.

In other stories, the Herald says the busiest fixed speed cameras in the country have been named. A camera on State Highway 1 in the Ngauranga Gorge near Wellington, which produced 8179 tickets, was speeding drivers' worst enemy last year.

The Otago Daily Times reports on Dunedin's plan to launch a new brand. A University of Otago academic has warned that any new brand or slogan must be a realistic portrayal of how locals feel about their home town, otherwise it could be seen as little more than hype.