17 May 2011

Tuesday's newspaper headlines

9:54 am on 17 May 2011

Firefighters left to tend dying woman; inquest hears details of earthquake victims' final moments; official eye on how people pay bills.

NZ Herald

The paper says New Zealanders' credit records are set to be open to more detailed security, including whether credit card, mortgage and bill repayments are made every month.

The front page has a photo of a Kaipara home being carried away on a truck which it said was because the family living there did not meet the mortgage payments.

Dominion Post

Under the headline 'Where was the ambulance', the paper reports firefighters were left to tend to a dying woman, after she was shot at Otaki Beach and had to wait 41 minutes for a rescue helicopter, because St John said its local crews were busy.

The paper has the story of Victoria University scriptwriting masters student April Phillips who thought she was not meant to be a mum, after six miscarriages and failed IVF treatment. Ms Phillips discovered on the second day of her course that she was pregnant - her baby and the thesis due on the same day.

The Press

Heart wrenching details of the final moments of nine missing victims of the Christchurch earthquake were heard at Monday's inquest into their deaths. Chief Coroner Judge Neil MacLean has acknowledged emotions are still raw for their families.

Filipino rest-home workers say they feel "used" after working 18-hour days following the earthquake only to be refused work permits once New Zealand was done with them.

Otago Daily Times

Southerners should brace themselves for a bitterly cold day on Tuesday with gales and snow forecast - and high spring tides expected to cause surface flooding in low-lying coastal areas.

A recidivist drink-driver who was dobbed in by her daughter after allegedly drink-driving at Roxburgh on Friday, broke down crying in court on Monday as she was remanded in custody.