5 Nov 2010

Friday's newspaper headlines

9:22 am on 5 November 2010

Qantas plane makes dramatic emergency landing in Singapore; NZ and US poised to step up military relationship; police want Christchurch supermarket liquor licence declined; big whitebait catches in South Westland rivers.

NZ Herald

The paper leads with the story of the dramatic emergency landing in Singapore on Thursday of a Qantas A380 Airbus with 459 people on board. Passengers say they heard a loud boom and saw fire on the plane's wing as one of the jumbo's engines exploded in mid-air over western Indonesia.

Sir Edmund Hillary's children and his widow are fighting over a collection of Rolex watches owned by the adventurer and now for sale in an international auction. Peter and Sarah Hillary are trying to stop Lady June selling a gold watch worth more than $25,000 and other valuable timepieces that Sir Ed owned.

Dominion Post

The paper devotes its front page to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Wellington yesterday. It says New Zealand and the United States are poised to step up their military relationship after closing the book on a 25-year rift.

The Press

Qantas has grounded its six Airbus A380 superjumbo jets after a midair engine explosion forced a jet to make an emergency landing in Singapore. Debris fell on the Indonesian island of Batam but no-one on the plane or on the ground was injured.

Police say a liquor licence for a new Christchurch supermarket will harm the community and should be declined.

Otago Daily Times

Health Minister Tony Ryall will not reappoint Errol Millar as chairman of the next Southern District Health Board. Mr Ryall said Mr Millar had done a notable job for nearly eight years but that a different set of skills was now needed.

South Westland's rivers are wriggling with whitebait. The paper says there have been several reports from whitebaiters around Haast of catches weighing "well in excess of" 100 kilograms.