11 Mar 2010

Wednesday's newspaper headlines

5:23 am on 11 March 2010

Bravery of NZ soldier who saved colleagues; two more sets of medals missing from Waiouru; Wellywood sign criticised as tacky.

NZ Herald

The paper leads with the bravery of New Zealand man James McKie, who saved two comrades in Afghanistan. The rifleman has been in the British Army for a year and is tipped to receive a British bravery award for throwing away a grenade that landed at the soldiers' feet.

The paper says the mother of a twin girl who drowned in the bath was having regular visits from a Child Youth and Family worker.

Marine scientists in Australia have found that even marine life loves a good pampering after cameras on the Great Barrier Reef revealed sharks and rays being cleaned by smaller fish.

Dominion Post

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce says a review of qualifications available in New Zealand will look at courses that have low pass rates or duplicate others.

The Dominion Post also speaks to James McKie, quoting him as saying he didn't want to see any more of his platoon killed.

Two more sets of medals are missing from Waiouru Army Museum, the paper says, with the army admitting its systems for keeping tabs on its collection are flawed.

Groups on Facebook and two online polls have panned the Wellywood sign, with many saying it's tacky.

The Press

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce says he can't believe all 6000 qualifications available in New Zealand are relevant.

The Press also has the actions of the quick-thinking New Zealander James McKie on its front page.

A photo showcases the winning work at Ellerslie International Flower Show of a team of Christchurch Council worker.

Otago Daily Times

The University of Otago's roll seems likely to exceed 22,000 for the first time this year with more than 1000 additional students likely to contribute $10 million extra to the local economy.

Home-help cuts announced by the Otago District Health Board are now six months away, instead of the two to three months first mentioned.

Former All Black Anton Oliver has told the paper he needs a job.