13 Apr 2011

Wednesday's newspaper headlines

8:55 am on 13 April 2011

Man vanishes from surf beach; wealthy to lose legal aid; investigation of possible hydro-dam site; earthquake survivor to throw party for rescuers.

New Zealand Herald

A young man has vanished from a notorious surf beach, leaving family and friends baffled, the paper says. Rhyan Rego, 21, could not swim and was usually reluctant to go into the water.

A new Chinese bidder may be about to reveal its plans for the Crafar farms. The Herald reports that industrial conglomerate Shanghai Pengxin is expected to file its application with the Overseas Investment Office this week.

Dominion Post

The well-off could be barred from claiming legal aid in a clampdown to curb rising costs, the paper reports.

A high-flying Kiwi businessman listed as a fugitive by Interpol for alleged fraud offences says the allegations are total rubbish.

Seven bright red illuminated beacon spots, up to 3 metres high, will be dotted around Wellington city to tell tourists about daily rugby and cultural events during the Rugby World Cup.

The Press

The Government is again raising questions about the future of earthquake-hit Christchurch suburbs as it rushes recovery legislation through Parliament.

Christchurch City Council is angry it was given just a day's notice that a parliamentary select committee on the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Bill was to meet in the city on Wednesday.

After seven weeks in hospital, a Christchurch earthquake survivor will throw a party for her rescuers.

Otago Daily Times

Contact Energy is undertaking a drilling project near Luggate to investigate whether geological conditions are suitable for the construction of a hydro-electric dam on the Clutha River.

The paper reports convicted fraudster Michael Swann has lodged a civil appeal with the Court of Appeal.

Dunedin vendors of alcohol can expect more covert under-age purchasing stings during the next year, with police and council staff planning to carry out at least one sting a week.