3 Jun 2011

Friday's newspaper headlines

8:56 am on 3 June 2011

Earthquake ordeal forges bond; former rich lister embroiled in matrimonial dispute; rugby union chairman wants poll on Highlanders' jersey.

NZ Herald

Two men dubbed the '$770,000 jewel 'bandits' are on the run, the paper says, while five others alleged to be part of a foreign gang will appear in court on Friday.

The boxing opponent for All Black star Sonny Bill Williams is under investigation after revelations he's been receiving a taxpayer benefit for an injured elbow.

Dominion Post

The paper leads with a bitter matrimonial dispute, reporting that a former rich lister at the centre of the battle has said his estranged wife is entitled to half of his $180 million debt. His wife says he's a bankrupt who's keeping his life of luxury.

A kidnap victim was taken to a makeshift chamber in Wainuiomata where he was tied to a chair and attacked with razor blades, darts and a blowtorch.

Giant rugby player Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, the gentle 20-year-old who doubles as an after-school caregiver, has just been signed by the Hurricanes.

The Press

Anger is growing among Christchurch's central city business owners as they wait for a time line to reopen their damaged premises.

After being trapped in their earthquake-hit building for more than 20 hours, Jim Faithfull and Helen Guiney now share a special bond.

Otago Daily Times

There's alarm over illegal tour operators, with a warning that foreign guides leading illegal tour operations in New Zealand risk both lives and the country's international reputation.

Otago Rugby Football Union chairman Wayne Graham is renewing his attack on the proposed change to the Highlanders jersey and calling for a poll to gauge supporters' feelings.