11 Aug 2010

Wednesday's newspaper headlines

11:56 am on 11 August 2010

New Zealanders caught in Vanuatu quake; compensation rejected for women who alleged sexual misconduct by police officers; avalanche swept down the Mt Hutt skifield.

NZ Herald

Two police officers were in hospital on Tuesday after their patrol car and a truck collided. It was one of several serious incidents on North Island roads that left one person dead.

A New Zealand man has told of fleeing his Port Vila office building, as a 7.5-magnitude quake struck Vanuatu, sending frightened residents and tourists rushing for higher ground.

Dominion Post

The Government has rejected a secret forum's recommendation that 10 women who alleged sexual misconduct by police officers get reparation.

As many as three by-elections loom after another Labour veteran announced her retirement. Mana MP Luamanuvao Winnie Laban has stunned her caucus by announcing her decision to quit for a university career, throwing open the safe Labour seat of Mana.

In Napier, neighbours of a noisy dog were asked to keep bark diaries before the pet was eventually confiscated in a dispute that has soaked up hundreds of hours of council time and involved the police.

The Press

Canterbury skiers heard a large crack as an avalanche swept down the Mt Hutt skifield on Tuesday, catching two people who were later rescued.

New figures show that New Zealand students are being turned away from tertiary study while international numbers take off. An official report shows strong demand for domestic places, which Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce admits to the paper cannot be fully met.

Otago Daily Times

The paper presents official information showing that nearly $20 million worth of assets has been seized by police under tough new measures targeting criminals, but only a fraction has been returned to the Government's coffers.

A young woman has been given Dunedin's first warning under the three strikes law after being convicted of the aggravated robbery of a taxi driver.