12 Mar 2010

Friday's newspaper headlines

10:37 am on 12 March 2010

Government reviews over-65s travel subsidy; new high-speed internet link planned between NZ and Australia; knife crime report greeted with scepticism.

NZ Herald

The paper leads with a planned high-speed internet link between Australia and New Zealand. Referred to as the "Pacific Fibre" project, the cable would provide five-times the capacity of the current connection.

The Serious Fraud Office says at least $15 million is believed to be missing from the businesses of Auckland couple Jackie and Mike Bradley.

An Auckland grandmother was disgusted after finding a maggot in her McDonalds burger.

Dominion Post

The Government is looking at cutting back on free off-peak travel for the over-65s. Transport Minister Steven Joyce says a review of the SuperGold card is needed because it's set to exceed its $18 million budget.

A man from Oputama on the East Coast has been run over by his wife, twice, on the couple's driveway. Terry Telford, 69, is in hospital with moderate injuries from what police are treating as an accident.

The Press

Two controversial Canterbury irrigation schemes have come out winners in a competition for projects judged to have the potential to make $1 billion each in sales within 20 years.

Visiting author and atheist Richard Dawkins received a standing ovation at the Christchurch Town Hall last night after talking about his new book "The Greatest Show on Earth".

Otago Daily Times

A 22-year-old man received a lighter sentence for drug-dealing after the judge took into account an earlier injustice he had suffered as the result of a wrongful conviction.

Justice Minister Simon Power's report on how to tackle knife crime has been greeted with scepticism by the Otago Secondary Principals Association chairman, Kevin McSweeny. He says teaching students about the dangers of carrying knives could have the reverse effect and give them ideas.