27 Dec 2011

Tuesday's morning newspaper headlines

1:45 pm on 27 December 2011

Holiday road crashes take tragic toll; Parklands residents demand the Government write off hundreds of homes; Milford Sound harbour to get $6m upgrade.

New Zealand Herald

The paper leads with the death of two teenage girls in a car crash near Tauranga on Christmas Day. It says one of the girls posted on her Facebook account about the fun she was having with her family, hours before her death.

Thousands of unwanted Christmas presents are already being sold on-line. Some were listed on TradeMe within hours of being unwrapped on Sunday morning.

Waikato Times

In more on the holiday road toll, the Waikato Times talks to the family of a woman who died in an accident at Horotiu on Christmas Day and carries a photo of the woman's family gathered near the spot on SH1 where the accident happened.

The paper continues its series profiling finalists for its Person of the Year Award. It says the value of Tainui Group Holdings' assets has more than doubled to $658 million in the five years Mike Pohio has been chief executive.

Dominion Post

The paper also leads with the road toll and coverage of the death of the Waikato woman at Horotiu.

A two metre long shark was spotted at Waikanae Beach on Monday. Many swimmers stayed in shallow waters but Department of Conservation spokesman Clinton Duffy says the shark would be extremely unlikely to harm swimmers.

And in what the paper describes as possibly the weirdest picnic of 2011, three Plimmerton men boated out to a reef off Karehana Bay on Christmas Eve, set up a table with tablecloth and feasted on croissants and champagne.

The Press

Residents of the Christchurch suburb of Parklands are demanding the Government write off hundreds of homes that were previously declared to be habitable. Some homes suffered significant new damage in Friday's earthquakes, with a metre-deep sinkhole opening up beneath one house.

The paper has a photo of Caleb Kelly, born on Christmas Day. Caleb's mother, Lisa began having contractions after Friday's earthquake.

Otago Daily Times

Milford Sound's main harbour will undergo a $6 million upgrade, involving the rebuilding of the 22-year-old breakwater, starting in January.

And the paper features celebrations for the 175th anniversary of the founding of the north Otago village, Moeraki.