1 Jun 2011

Wednesday's newspaper headlines

11:28 am on 1 June 2011

Rugby World Cup buildup; 'crazy' weather patterns in May; Christchurch home owner burgled 10 times since quake; Highlanders' fans see red.

NZ Herald

May was 2.3 degrees hotter than usual, the warmest since record keeping began. The NZ Herald says weather patterns went 'crazy' in a month which included heat, torrential rain, gales and a deadly tornado.

A pregnant Auckland woman and her partner are in jail in Japan - part of a rising number of New Zealanders caught smuggling drugs into other countries.

Dominion Post

The paper devotes its entire front page to the Rugby World Cup buildup, saying that 100 days out, cup organisers and the Government are uniting in a call to get Kiwis behind the tournament. In a review of progress, Rugby World Cup boss Martin Snedden concedes that the much vaunted 'stadium of four million people' is still under construction.

There's an interview with the only New Zealander to coach a world cup winning side, Sir Brian Lochore, who says an All Black loss would be a blow but the tournament should be a success regardless.

The Press

The demise of the country's largest bus manufacturer, DesignLine, may cost hundreds of jobs, the paper says. The Rolleston based company has debts of about $10 million.

Christchurch Arts Centre tenants have mounted a legal challenge to fight their evictions, and in a separate action, the owner of the high profile Dux de Lux is offering $500,000 to repair and reopen his bar.

Christchurch man Manuel Walker fled the city after the quake, only to have his home burgled 10 times.

Otago Daily Times

Fans are seeing red over plans for Highlanders new green strip. A poll by the paper has voted 90% in favour of keeping the blue, gold and maroon.

There's a story on the National Health Board's entry into the Queenstown health services controversy.

A $2000 reward has been offered as more incidents of cat torture in Waikouaiti come to light.