17 Mar 2010

Wednesday's newspaper headlines

5:48 am on 17 March 2010

New Zealand prepares mercy mission to Fiji; Auckland region growing by more than 50 people a day; renowned NZ space scientist dies.

New Zealand Herald

Auckland's natural environment is in decline and will continue to worsen unless the new super city turns things around, the paper says. A new regional council report says the region is growing by more than 50 people a day.

Some reality TV shows could be good for children, according to new research. A university thesis suggests shows featuring obese people like The Biggest Loser are putting children off junk food.

Dominion Post

New Zealand is preparing a mercy mission to Fiji as the cyclone-ravaged country tries to assess its death toll and devastation. Massive winds have flattened trees and houses and waves washed away buildings.

Job losses at the Health Ministry are expected to be announced on Wednesday as the Government looks for more savings before the Budget.

Renowned New Zealand space scientist Sir Ian Axford has died at the age of 76.

The Press

The departing head of Christchurch's highly rated eating disorders unit has come out against splitting the unit between two hospitals.

A New Zealand Air Force Hercules is on standby to fly to Fiji once conditions there ease.

Adam Hall has won the standing slalom at the Winter Paralympics in Vancouver.

Otago Daily Times

Adam Hall's win leads the ODT, which quotes his mother Dayle Hall as saying she had never yelled as loud as she did yesterday. She tells the paper that Adam has never let his disability - spina bifida - hold him back.

A man who made two hoax mayday calls in less than a week has cost taxpayers thousands of dollars and outraged his would-be rescuers. It's not known who he is.

The University of Otago is welcoming a state-of-the-art music console installed at its music production studio.