13 Apr 2010

Tuesday's newspaper headlines

11:05 am on 13 April 2010

Property developer jailed for evading tax; apple growers hope they've finally won a long-running trade dispute; entertainer Suzanne Prentice to contest Invercargill mayoralty.

NZ Herald

The grieving family of three children killed by their father in Melbourne want to have their bodies returned to New Zealand, the paper reports. The three children - aged 12, 10 and 7 - were shot on Saturday in north Melbourne. They had lived in this country until 2004.

Prime Minister John Key says he was invited to the United States nuclear security summit in Washington because President Obama recognised the importance of New Zealand's anti-nuclear position.

Dominion Post

Wellington property developer Lance James has been jailed for dodging eight years of income tax and using PAYE deductions to prop up his failing companies. A District Court judge told James that serving home detention in his expensive home would have "offended the perception of justice".

A source close to the Government has confirmed that a World Trade Organisation panel report has found in New Zealand's favour in its 89-year row with Australia over the right to export apples.

The Press

Excited apple growers hope they have finally won one of the world's longest-running trade disputes. However Trade Minister Tim Groser says the WTO report is an interim one and has yet to be analysed.

Entertainer Suzanne Prentice has confirmed she will contest the Invercargill mayoralty against Tim Shadbolt at the local body elections in October.

Prime Minister John Key will join other leaders in delivering a statement on nuclear issues in Washington today, but will make no reference to New Zealand's decades-old nuclear free history.

Otago Daily Times

Dunedin could be facing some stark choices by the end of the century, with a sea-level rise expected to force either the retreat from, or complete evacuation of, South Dunedin, St Kilda and St Clair.

The man representing Dunedin in negotiations with oil exploration companies believes the city is well placed to benefit if two companies decide to drill off the coast next year.