31 May 2011

Tuesday's morning newspaper headlines

8:29 am on 31 May 2011

Big earthquake risk remains; wife killer probed over baby deaths; Auckland grab for Phoenix; Central Otago high country change may add development hurdles.

NZ Herald

The paper leads with allegations that Malcolm Webster, convicted of killing his first wife and trying to kill his second in New Zealand, is now facing claims he killed three babies in a hospital in Abu Dhabi hospital.

The Green Cab company has been fined after its drivers worked excessively, sometimes more than 13 hours a day.

There's a picture of the son of the Prime Minister, Max Key, planking, while his father watches on. A spokesman said John Key had no comment on the photograph.

Dominion Post

Car dealer Colin Giltrap is understood to be trying to move the Wellington Phoenix football side to Auckland, the Dominion Post says.

Preparatory work is taking place on the hill beside the Miramar Cutting in the spot where the Wellywood sign could be erected.

The Press

Canterbury has a 23% chance of a third major earthquake of a magnitude of up to 7 during the next year, according to GNS Science.

The paper says the Government will not extend its earthquake support package for Christchurch businesses because it says there is enough assistance available.

According to the Accident Compensation Corporation, 66 children lost a parent in the February earthquake.

Otago Daily Times

Much of Central Otago's high country has been reclassified in the district plan as an outstanding natural landscape, a move that will make it more difficult for wind farms to get planning permission.

The paper devotes half of its front page to the colour of the Highlander rugby team jersey. It's believed the new jersey to be worn next week is light green with flashes of blue. Former All Black coach Laurie Mains says the change is a slap in the face for the three provincial unions, former Highlander Kelvin Middleton says it's disgusting, and commentator Paul Allison says it's ridiculous. But Highlanders general manager Roger Clark says the change will help attract new fans.