Carmen Thomas's mother may face custody snag; Jackson fights to save Hobbit films; Cantabrians confident of early return to normality after quake.
The paper reports the South Africa-based mother of missing Auckland woman Carmen Thomas has said on Facebook she plans to raise Ms Thomas' son in south Africa - but lawyers say the child may end up living with his father's family.
Gisborne mayor Meng Foon says he made a mistake by writing a letter to support a man who has been convicted for raping a woman, going out for takeaways, then returning to rape her again.
Director Peter Jackson is fighting to save The Hobbit films from what he calls an Australian bully-boy union.
The paper covers the discovery of a body thought to be that of missing Paraparaumu man Raymond "Son" Piper. His family say they are relieved to be able to give him a proper burial.
Two teenagers on the West Coast were killed when their car and a milk tanker collided.
A survey has found 65% of Cantabrians expect their lives to return to normal within a year of the earthquake that rocked the region on 4 September.
A photo shows a strong turnout at the NPC rugby match at the weekend, put on as a free event to cheer those suffering after the quake.
Otago Daily Times
Otago University scientists are leading the world by trapping single atoms - and taking photos of them.
The paper has guidelines for parents to help them curb their teen's drinking habits, suggesting that alcohol should not be normalised as part of family life.