20 Feb 2012

Monday's morning newspaper headlines

7:27 am on 20 February 2012

Government guidelines for quake repairs changed; Waikato DHB faces $25m budget cuts; hundreds of Auckland intersections need modifications before give-way rule change.

New Zealand Herald

After studying 15,000 intersections in the city, Auckland Transport has identified 500 that will need modifications before the right hand turn rules change in five weeks. It quotes panelbeaters who say the change is bound to bring them a lot of extra work.

The Herald says a Bay of Plenty motelier is considering legal action after what he calls a malicious review was published on an online motel review site.

Waikato Times

The paper reports the Waikato District Health Board will consider this week how to trim $25 million from its budget by next year, with cuts of a further $5 million in each of the following years. It's giving no details but a local MP predicts job cuts.

The newspaper reports on a family with conflicted loyalties. Daniel and Colleen Kruger moved to Waikato four years ago and while Mrs Kruger is backing her homeland in the cricket, Mr Kruger says he's now a Black Caps fan.

Dominion Post

The paper leads with Prime Minister John Key's recollections of the day the big quake struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011. He says that after dashing to the city his hardest decision was to return to Wellington that night.

Police have praised staff from a Hastings cafe who rescued a man after a nearby public toilet that exploded in a fireball. The man suffered serious burns.

A New Zealander and his English wife who took to the stage to let a fringe festival audience determine where they should live will stay here after the audience voted narrowly in favour of New Zealand.

The Press

Government guidelines for quake repairs have been changed, the paper reports, meaning some homes with cracked or tilted foundations will not be repaired. The new guidelines say cracks up to 5mm wide do not need to be fixed, prompting some builders predict a leaky home crisis lies ahead.

The paper reports on the death at the age of 72 of Peter Sharp, a former cricketer who took up commentary and for 45 years was regarded as the voice of Canterbury cricket.

Otago Daily Times

A previously censored report to the Dunedin City Council on the future of its holding company has recommended fees for directors of the company should be trebled to $300,000, the paper says. The independent consultant who wrote the report said penny-pinching would be a mistake in the present environment.

Police are investigating after a beach walker saw a horse dragged to its death by a ute.