14 Jun 2010

Monday's newspaper headlines

8:12 am on 14 June 2010

Dunedin City Council pays out after leaky house checks fall short; thousands rally in Christchurch against a weakening of protection for rivers; grey skies are expected to turn to sunshine this week.

NZ Herald

The paper says as Labour leader Phil Goff moves to punish colleagues who misused their official credit cards when they were ministers, attention is now turning to bills that are still to be repaid.

Grey skies are expected to turn to sunshine this week as a high bigger than Australia settles over New Zealand.

Dominion Post

Two morbidly obese women and their surgeons want greater access to gastric bypass surgery. The women risk losing limbs and going blind unless they have the surgery, but their district health boards won't fund it.

A member of the All White squad says his grandfather's dramatic World War II escape from the former Czechoslovakia is firing him up to play the World Cup match against Slovakia on Tuesday night.

The Press

Thousands of people rallied in Cathedral Square yesterday against a weakening of protection for rivers, following legislation that replaced the Environment Canterbury's councillors with commissioners. Environment Minister Nick Smith wants Canterbury to give the Commissioners a chance.

Saturday's opening of Mount Hutt skifield attracted 1200 keen skiers and snowboarders. Some lined up from 3am to be the first on the slopes this season.

Otago Dilay Times

Dunedin City Council has paid out $182,000 to two homeowners, after building inspectors failed to pick up on faults that resulted in leaky homes.

The paper cites a Southern District Health Board member saying that removing the right of some locked-in psychiatric patients to smoke at Wakari Hospital breaches human rights.