31 Jan 2011

Monday's newspaper headlines

9:47 am on 31 January 2011

NZ Herald

Nine people were injured when a balcony collapsed at a holiday home in Omaha, north of Auckland. It's believed dozens of people under 30 were at the rented property for the weekend, with many of them congregating on the deck.

Queen Street could be blocked to vehicles and turned into a pedestrian mall in a move reminiscent of New York's reclaiming Broadway for pedestrians.

Dominion Post

Wellington's mayor says there are too many taxis in the capital and it's time to put a limit on them. The taxi industry agrees and has called on the Government to introduce legislation to cap or reduce numbers in the city.

Sonny Bill Williams barely got touched, but the New Zealand TAB took a financial upper cut during the All Black's boxing win. The TAB has refunded all bets on last week's fight, but still paid out on winning tickets after incorrectly posting the fight as eight rounds rather than the six that were contested.

The Press

A warning that alcohol is bad for you will appear on liquor and wine labels if proposals for trans-Tasman food labelling laws are adopted.

Former residents of Egypt now living in Christchurch say they're frightened for family members coping with riots back home.

Otago Daily Times

A tramper who broke both legs after a 30-metre fall onto rocks near Glenorchy is described as incredibly lucky to be alive. Search and Rescue co-ordinator Senior Constable Julian Cahill of Queenstown says people usually die from such falls.