Spooks at the Rugby World Cup; Wellington quake could kill 1500; peak oil to drive changes in Dunedin.
Proposed new powers for the SIS will allow it to intercept text messages and snoop on computers ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup. The Herald says the move has brought accusations the Government is passing laws behind closed doors but Prime Minister John Key says the bill must be passed before the start of the cup tournament which many world leaders will attend.
The Maori King has taken the extraordinary step of sacking top Tainui figure, Tania Martin, over a critical report she wrote about the tribes finances.
A report says an earthquake in Wellington could kill 1500 people, injure 13,000 and destroy 18,000 homes. The report spells out what would happen to Wellington if hit by a quake of similar size to the one which hit Christchurch.
The Dominion Post shows the photos of five people ducking under new safety tape put up in Manners St to prevent pedestrians crossing in front of buses.
The paper leads with the headline "Disgust at Seal Slaughter", saying it's thought the massacre of 23 seals in Kaikoura took place over several days with a bat or similar weapon.
A New Zealander serving with British Forces in Afghanistan has been killed. The Press quotes British media reports the soldier was shot and died from his wounds on Sunday while on patrol.
Otago Daily Times
A report warns of radical cuts to car use and changes to the city's design when peak oil hits in the next few decades.
A Dunedin man who had a sizeable chunk of bone removed from his throat says hospital staff initially sent him home unsure why he was in discomfort.