9 Jun 2011

Thursday's newspaper headlines

10:08 am on 9 June 2011

Amputee convicted of murder, Darren Hughes says he could return to politics, calls for Kronic to be banned.

NZ Herald

Feilding amputee Dean Mulligan has been found guilty of bludgeoning Wanganui woman Marice McGregor to death.

Plans for an Auckland city rail link tunnel could be spiked by a taniwha - a spiritual creature that Maori say stands in the way of the project.

Dominion Post

The paper quotes former MP Darren Hughes as saying he could return to politics, with the belief he still has much to offer. The Labour Party has left the door open for his return.

On the abrupt departures of Ma'a Nonu and Andrew Hore from the Hurricanes, the paper says petulance and midweek drinking are among the issues which persuaded coach Mark Hammett to shed the star pair.

The Press

Christchurch city's top job is coming under intense scrutiny, with sources claiming that Bob Parker told city councillors he would consider resigning as mayor if Tony Marryatt wasn't reappointed as council chief executive.

Former Christian politician and convicted sex offender Graham Capill may get an early jail release after six years behind bars.

The Dalai Lama has called on earthquake hit Cantabrians to overcome their grief. The Tibetan spiritual leader spoke to a 5000 strong crowd in Christchurch.

Otago Daily Times

Opponents say Kronic, an over-the-counter cannabis substitute, should be banned.

A Dunedin city council manager says Auckland's deadly gas blast is a tragic reminder that the same threat could lurk inside the Caversham tunnel.

The winning bidder in the sale of the mothballed Kingston Flyer rail system is to be announced on Thursday.