24 Aug 2010

Tuesday's newspaper headlines

9:06 am on 24 August 2010

Feilding deaths suspected to be murder-suicide; curbs on teen drinking; Dunedin police to urge councillors to support increased alcohol restrictions.

NZ Herald

In its lead story on the deaths of three people in Feilding, the paper says the bodies of a middle-aged couple and an elderly man may have lain undiscovered for two days.

The Herald reports on the Government's alcohol reforms and a proposed clamp down on teenage drinking. It says under-18s who want to drink at a private party will need their parents' permission, and the host will need to police the level of drunkenness.

Dominion Post

On the alcohol reform plan, the paper says parents will have to take control of teenage drinking or risk fines of up to $2000 and a possible criminal record.

The paper also reports on the deaths in Feilding, saying they have come just before an event designed to help residents support each other after a string of earlier tragedies.

And 27 years on, Wellington's former mayor Michael Fowler is standing again as a councillor, at the age of 80.

The Press

The proposed liquor changes would set a split alcohol purchasing age of 18 at bars or other licensed premises and 20 at off-licences such as dairies and supermarkets.

The paper says the Prime Minister is using a leaflet mailout to ask 120,000 Canterbury households whether the Government should have dismissed the Canterbury regional councillors five months ago. Local MP Brendon Burns describes the taxpayer-funded pamphlet as an outrage.

Otago Daily Times

Police plan to ask councillors who win office in the October local government elections to support increased alcohol restrictions. The paper says the police want councillors to agree to a one-way door policy and an earlier closing time of 4am.

People who've had neurosurgery have told their stories to a member of the expert panel considering the future of the service in the south.

A candidate has been ruled out of standing for the Queenstown Lakes District Council because of a previously undiscovered error on her nomination form. Ange van der Laan told the paper she is gutted.