24 Jan 2011

Monday's newspaper headlines

10:08 am on 24 January 2011

A third of road fatalities are caused by repeat drunk and speeding drivers; wild weather in upper North Island; Avatar director James Cameron throws party in Wellington.

NZ Herald

Wild weather lashed the upper North Island with heavy rain and high tides keeping authorities and residents on high alert for more coastal flooding.

Dominion Post

Homeowners and civil defence were braced for tropical downpours sweeping through the North Island.

Avatar director James Cameron threw a party in Wellington at the weekend to thank people who worked on the film. There's now speculation he will make two sequels to the movie in New Zealand.

The Press

A third of road fatalities are caused by a hard core of repeat drunk and speeding drivers. Transport Minister Steven Joyce is expected to release a report on the damage done by New Zealand's worst drivers.

Scientists will on Monday begin drilling boreholes into the South Island's Alpine Fault, to find out more about how a fault reacts before and during an earthquake.

The paper features 81-year-old Lois Kennedy who saved her neighbour from being attacked with a samurai sword by hitting the attacker with a plastic brush.

Otago Daily Times

The Dunedin City Council is reviewing its development services department as it looks for more operational efficiencies.

The body of a 48-year-old Tasmanian man was found by a search and rescue helicopter crew in the Lake Adelaide area of Fiordland National Park on Sunday.

Police describe the actions of a driver who tried to drive a bus up the world's steepest street as foolhardy. Dunedin's Baldwin Street is prohibited to heavy vehicles, but, the paper says, the driver drove up the street to allow passengers to take photographs.