8 Jul 2010

Thursday's newspaper headlines

9:47 am on 8 July 2010

Party central dream 'in tatters'; Bain juror complaint; 'cowardly attack' on officer earns jail time.

NZ Herald

The Prime Minister's dream of turning Queens Wharf into party central for the Rugby World Cup is in tatters following a political impasse between the Government and the Auckland Regional Council over the redevelopment plans, the paper says, and time is running out for the two parties to patch up their differences.

The chief executive of the Investment Savings and Insurance Association is said to be facing up to five years in prison after the Securities Commission laid criminal and civil charges yesterday against the directors of Dominion Finance Group and sister company North South Finance. Vance Arkinstall is one of six people charged.

Auckland rail officials have been accused of incompetence on a grand scale for building a railway platform too short for the trains it will serve.

Dominion Post

Anti-whaling activists appear to have struck a deal with Japanese officials allowing Pete Bethune to walk free, in return for banning him from future expeditions.

A student who was on the David Bain retrial jury despite a serious theft conviction is the subject of a complaint to the solicitor-general.

The Press

The paper leads with the David Bain juror story, saying it understands neither the Crown nor the defence knew of the conviction before the jury was empanelled for the retrial last year. The Crown Law Office says it received a complaint about the juror after the trial, but would not comment further.

An attempted armed bank robbery in Christchurch is the seventh raid in Canterbury in three weeks.

Otago Daily Times

A young Glenavy man who injured an Oamaru police officer in what is being described as a cowardly attack has been jailed for two years and two months.

The ODT front page gas a photo of hundreds of curlers from around the country taking part in the national bonspiel on Idaburn dam.