18 Jan 2011

Tuesday's newspaper headlines

8:42 am on 18 January 2011

Recovery of Pike River mine bodies 'unlikely'; police under scrutiny over slow change in behaviour; stores withdraw salads after health alert.

NZ Herald

An Auckland man who allegedly murdered his estranged girlfriend in 1987 in Sydney has handed himself into Australian police after being on the run for almost 24 years, the paper says.

Salad and spinach products sold in three supermarket chains are being recalled because of fears they contain a food-poisoning bacteria.

Dominion Post

Work to make the Pike River Coal mine safe will continue for the next two months - but receivers have admitted that recovering the bodies of the 29 dead miners is "unlikely".

Police are facing more scrutiny over the speed of changes demanded by a commission of inquiry into their conduct which was completed nearly four years ago.

A father speaks to the paper about his love for his baby son who's at the centre of an abuse death case.

The Press leads

Pike River mine receivers say the return of the remains of the 29 victims to their families is ''very unlikely''.

A spokeswoman for families of suicide victims says they're angry their voices were not included in a ministerial review of media reporting on suicide.

The paper has a picture of a five-metre sculpture of a baby with its umbilical cord still attached - part of the Christchurch Art Gallery's record-breaking Ron Mueck exhibition which more than 100,000 people have flocked to see.

Otago Daily Times

Empty shops could be beautified and public transport made free as Dunedin rolls out an increasingly expensive red carpet for visitors during the Rugby World Cup.

Dunedin's new stadium looks likely to lose $400,000 when it hosts three pool matches for the Rugby World Cup.

A Tauranga kayaker, who is attempting a solo voyage around New Zealand, has had gear stolen from him while he was sleeping.