21 Oct 2010

Thursday's newspaper headlines

12:31 pm on 21 October 2010

Homes at their most affordable in six years - apart from in Auckland; The Hobbit looks headed overseas; police will re-examine the case of a Christchurch baby after coroner's findings.

NZ Herald

Homes are said to be at their most affordable in six years - apart from in Auckland, where the average weekly mortgage is now more than $570 a week. The Home Loan Affordability report shows Aucklanders need an average 10.4 years to save a 20% deposit - double the amount for someone in Invercargill.

Horseracing identity Greg Meads is said to have enjoyed his final months of freedom in a plush beachfront Bay of Plenty home with another woman before he was found guilty of murdering his second wife.

Dominion Post

The paper leads with news that The Hobbit is set to be taken offshore, with the film's producers due in New Zealand to begin preparations next week.

Sir Richard Taylor is pictured leading a Save The Hobbit march through central Wellington yesterday.

A damning report says the Maori language is in crisis, despite the state spending more than $220 million a year on programmes to save it.

The Press

Police will re-examine the case of a Christchurch baby after a coroner found she was shaken to death by one of her parents. Regional coroner Richard McElrea found Staranise Waru was killed by either her mother or father in 2006.

Cantabrians' appetite for earthquake information saw more than 1000 people turn up to a lecture by a geological scientists on Wednesday night, with half having to be turned away. A key emphasis was the current spate of aftershocks.

Otago Daily Times

Dunedin council candidate Bev Butler's election recount - if it goes ahead - could cost Dunedin ratepayers up to $70,000. A decision on the recount is expected from a Dunedin District Court judge on Thursday evening.