9 May 2011

Monday's newspaper headlines

9:07 am on 9 May 2011

Study on alternative ferry port to Picton to be announced; NZ teenager's death in UK investigated; Minister wants owners of earthquake-damaged buildings to act faster.

NZ Herald

British police have launched an inquiry to the death of 17-year-old New Zealander Emily Longley. The teenager had been living in England for about two years and was found dead last week, days after telling friends she had received frightening phone calls.

The number of motorists being issued bus-lane fines in Auckland has more than doubled since December as the council takes a hard line on infringements.

Dominion Post

The paper leads with possible big changes for the inter-island ferry service, saying the Government is set to announce a high-level study into Clifford Bay south of Blenheim as an alternative port to Picton.

Passengers on an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Wellington screamed as their plane plummeted when one of its engines failed during flight.

A Wellington criminal lawyer caught drink driving at almost four times the legal limit had his sentencing moved to Whanganui and tried to get the case heard outside open court.

The Press

KiwiRail is backing the plan for a Private Public Partnership for the development, and if approved, work on the $200 million facility could begin within months.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee wants the owners of dangerous, earthquake-crippled buildings to act faster, with a veiled threat that they could be punished if they don't.

Otago Daily Times

Many parts of Otago received their usual monthly amount of rain in 12 hours at the weekend. The downpour caused slips, blocked drains, surface flooding and rivers to rise.

The Government is said to have recovered $1.2 million of the $15.1 million stolen by Michael Swann from the Otago District Health Board. The money was recovered through the sale of assets including 22 motor vehicles and 8 boats.