7 Jan 2011

Friday's newspaper headlines

9:51 am on 7 January 2011

Police get culture change 'hurry up'; warmer seas may draw sharks to capital's waters; bookseller finds jewellery stash.

NZ Herald

Police Minister Judith Collins has sharply warned her senior officers to speed up the culture change required by an inquiry into police sexual misconduct three years ago. Ms Collins says there is still a disconnect between police bosses and staff which she's determined to fix.

The paper's front page is dominated by a large picture of David Hasselhoff. The actor and singer known as "the Hoff" was mobbed by hundreds of Mt Maunganui beachgoers on Thursday when he arrived to promote an ice-block with the Baywatch theme blaring on speakers in the background.

Dominion Post

The Conservation Department says the sharks which usually bask in waters further north could be enticed to the capital's beaches because of warmer waters. The warning follows a number of shark sightings around the country over the past week.

A defence studies expert says the New Zealand Defence Force now completely lacks international credibility, with the last strike force jets out of use and having only a slim chance of sale.

The Press

Christchurch City Council could impose water restrictions within days, unless residents cut usage by 10%. The city's hot summer and quake-damaged infrastructure have placed massive pressure on the water supply.

And New Year Resolutions appear to be kicking in. The paper says Christchurch locals are flocking to city gyms - with membership sales this month up 50% on December.

Otago Daily Times

Second hand book-seller Mike Hamblyn, who lives in Dunedin, discovered a stash of jewellery hidden in a hollowed-out book. He returned the brooch, ring and earring to the owners who said they'd been looking for the jewellery it for years.