17 Jun 2011

Friday's newspaper headlines

10:38 am on 17 June 2011

Great-grandmother prosecuted over girl's truancy; shopkeeper uses a hockey stick to fend off an armed gunman; All Blacks tweeting ban.

NZ Herald

The paper reports an East Auckland shopkeeper used a hockey stick to fend off an armed gunman, who was holding a pistol to the head of the mother of two young children.

Former Kiwis league star Jarrod McCracken must pay $2.62 million plus costs after losing a legal battle over the delayed construction of a bar and restaurant in Australia.

Legal cannabis smoking is putting at least two young people in Auckland City Hospital's emergency department a day.

Dominion Post

A Porirua great-grandmother is being prosecuted for not being able to get a 12 year-old in her care to go to school.

Wellington City Council is set to dump land reserve designations that have protected the Botanic Gardens for the past 120 years, in order to build a boutique hotel on garden land, the paper reports.

Twitter-happy All Blacks will be banned from tweeting individually at Rugby World Cup time.

The Press

A large number of residents are now seeking professional help in order to cope with anxiety and depression as the earthquakes go on. The story is accompanied by a large graphic which has pointers on how residents can take of themselves and others.

Some police staff have taken sick leave or have even resigned in order not to work in Central Police station for fear of it collapsing in another quake, the paper says.

Otago Daily Times

Hundreds of passengers were stranded in Queenstown when volcanic ash grounded flights.

Driver fatigue was to blame for the death of Gayle Hall, only days after her son Adam Hall won gold at the Winter Paralympics in Canada.