21 Apr 2010

Wednesday's newspaper headlines

11:57 am on 21 April 2010

Music player warning after cyclist killed in crash; ACC in fraud probe; health providers urged to put some influenza vaccinations on hold.

NZ Herald

A woman cyclist killed after being struck by a train is believed to have been distracted listening to an iPod-style music player, prompting warnings about the dangers of the devices.

A New Zealand couple's wedding plans are in tatters, because they are grounded in London because of volcanic ash while their guests are without the bride and groom in Tauranga. The wedding is due to take place on Friday.

Dominion Post

ACC has sacked its property manager and called in the Serious Fraud Office to investigate property deals at the state accident insurer.

War veterans are angry that Peace Movement Aotearoa is running a white poppy fundraiser just a day before the annual RSA red poppy day street appeal.

The Press

Seventy TelstraClear call centre staff in Christchurch are likely to add to the 12,000 workers laid off in the city last year.

Health providers have been urged to put some influenza vaccinations on hold, as fresh stocks from France are delayed by travel shutdowns due to Europe's volcanic ash cloud.

On ACC, the paper says properties across the country are involved in the investigation but there's no indication of how much money is at stake.

Otago Daily Times

David Bain, in his quest for compensation, runs the risk of being reconvicted in the court of public opinion, according to Otago University law professor Kevin Dawkins. He was commentating on news that Mr Bain has been given permission to make a bid for compensation.

A tanker and trailer containing 21,000 litres of diesel and petrol rolled near Alexandra on Tuesday afternoon, spilling only a small amount of fuel.

After striking it lucky not once but twice, the winner of Dunedin's largest Lotto prize - $10.8 million - will now turn her attention to building a dream home, and winning Big Wednesday.