26 Jul 2010

Monday's newspaper headlines

9:15 am on 26 July 2010

Boy falls 16 storeys and lives; new Wellington rail line to help unclog network; tighter laws on airgun ownership; copycat fears after taxi driver robbed.

NZ Herald

A teenager miraculously survived with only minor injuries after falling 16 storeys from his family's Manukau City apartment through a carpark roof on to a concrete floor.

A 22-month-old girl was killed and a young woman seriously hurt in driveway accidents on opposite sides of Auckland yesterday.

A national liquor chain says would-be liquor merchants are flooding the country with applications for new bottle stores before an expected tightening of the law

Dominion Post

A Wellington RSA has been banned from selling alcohol for a day after one of its members got drunk at the club and was caught drink-driving at nearly four times the legal limit.

Wellington's commuter rail network gets a third main line on Monday in a major upgrade that promises to reduce the clog of trains in and out of Wellington railway station.

Paraparaumu teenager Kevin Vaeluaga features in a story on New Zealand's rate of rheumatic fever, which is 14 times that of the OECD average.

The Press

Five people including an Auckland toddler are dead and nine seriously injured after a weekend of carnage on New Zealand roads.

Police Minister Judith Collins says criminals will be deprived of their weapon of choice by a proposed law change.

Otago Daily Times

The recent case of a 46-year-old woman patient who, it's claimed, would have died without acute neurosurgery at Dunedin Hospital features in a hard-hitting letter from senior clinicians on the dispute over the service's future.

There are fears a serious assault on a Dunedin taxi driver will spawn copycat crimes that could put more drivers in hospital.

People waited for up to an hour for their chance to visit the navy's new patrol vessel HMNZS Otago on Sunday.