Friday's headlines: Record $926 million spent on lotteries; angry scenes outside Taupo Youth Court; people in earthquake suburbs flocking to on-line dating services.
The New Zealand Herald says huge jackpots lured New Zealanders to spend a record $926 million on Lotto, Instant Kiwi and other lotteries this year. The Lotteries Commission wants to boost sales further.
And Friday 30 December 2011 is a day no-one in Samoa will ever see. Tomorrow the nation will skip a day to align its dates with New Zealand.
The Waikato Times leads with angry scenes outside Taupo Youth Court as the teenager charged with an assault on a five-year-old girl appeared in court.
Details of the hearing were suppressed but people outside shouted that the teenager was evil, a paedophile, and and an animal.
Detective Sergeant Glenn Tinsley who made an arrest in a homicide case eight years afterwards, is a nominee for the paper's person of the year award.
The Dominion Post leads with a Lower Hutt woman dying in a road accident, bringing the holiday road toll to 11.
Dawn Gibson had been holidaying in Hamilton and was returning home to attend a funeral.
The court appearance of the teenager in Taupo is also on the front page.
The Press says Christchurch police are to abandon their central city building because of fears the building would be unuseable in the event of another major earthquake. Some 400 personnel will be moved out of the 40 year old building over the next few months. An alternative premises has not yet been found.
People in earthquake suburbs are flocking to on-line dating services. Sumner and New Brighton are among the busiest in Christchurch for the website FindSomeone.
The Otago Daily Times previews New Year's celebrations in the region. Thousands are expected to attend festivities in the Octagon while police are sending extra officers to central Otago and Wanaka.
And shots of Queenstown are included in a featurette made for The Hobbit movie.