26 Mar 2010

Friday's newspaper headlines

8:44 am on 26 March 2010

David Bain's compensation claim; leaky homes a $2bn tax windfall; residents win Christchurch pool fight; Dunedin cycle lanes 'a danger'.

NZ Herald

David Bain's compensation claim could be as high as $1 million, based on Ministry of Justice figures - but two prominent lawyers say he is unlikely to succeed.

A report says the leaky-building crisis is three times as costly as the annual road toll, but will provide a $2 billion tax windfall for the government.

An Auckland judge is cleared of intentionally damaging a car that blocked an entrance to his North Shore apartment.

Dominion Post

David Bain will face an 'uphill battle' to claim compensation, the paper says.

A 12-year old boy whose dare went wrong was hurtled down a stream and 700 metre stormwater drain under a Lower Hutt shopping centre.

The front page has a large picture of a fight among orca and the smaller pseudo orca - a rare member of the dolphin family - in the Bay of Islands. A mother pseudo orca was killed by an orca throwing her through the air.

The Press

Christchurch residents, with the backing of a multi-millionaire, have won their four-year fight to buy land for a new outdoor community swimming pool. The council demolished the St Albans pool four years ago.

A pokie player has been caught on camera taking a break from her machine to steal $10,000 from a suburban Christchurch pub.

Otago Daily Times

New cycle lanes in the middle of State Highway 1 through central Dunedin are "incredibly dangerous", the Automobile Association says.

Parents of pupils at Corstophine School, which has 17 students and has applied for voluntary closure, are angry the principal is urging them to find new schools for their children before the Ministry of Education has officially given a closing date.