9 Sep 2010

Thursday's morning paper headlines

1:01 pm on 9 September 2010

For the third day running, coverage of the Canterbury earthquake dominates the front pages of the four main daily papers.

New Zealand Herald

Residents of a Christchurch rest home talk about their struggling to come to terms with wave after wave of aftershocks. The elderly residents are banding together over cups of tea, not knowing when the tremors will ease.

The Herald also visits the Deans family as they pick up the pieces at historic Homebush, destroyed in the initial quake.

Dominion Post

Distraught families are said to be fleeing Christchurch to escape the relentless aftershocks, while others turn to counselling and medication to ease their panic.

In other front-page news, the road to recovery is slow and bumpy for Sam Metzger, who has been in a wheelchair since surviving a plane crash in the Ruahine Range in July.

The Press

A special earthquake edition with a front page featuring Rachel Hood of Darfield, who was at Christchurch Airport sending her two pre-schoolers to Wellington to stay with their grandmother for a break.

A thousand students have joined a cleanup campaign, and the Queen has sent the region her best wishes.

Otago Daily Times

Dunedin's daily reports that Cantabrians might be subjected to frightening earthquake aftershocks for weeks yet. That comes along with the news that the Treasury has doubled its estimate of the cost of damage to $4 billion.

In the only other front-page story, it's revealed that the Otago Regional Council paid nearly $11,000 for a bus shelter on a Dunedin road that is home to just six houses.