22 Jun 2009

Local papers

9:20 am on 22 June 2009

The New Zealand Herald leads with the story that early-childhood care centres will have to sack some of their most experienced teachers because they have not completed a specialised course.

Thousands of dollars donated to help Qian Xun Xue, the little girl abandoned in Melbourne, remain untouched. It is uncertain whether the girl's grandmother will accept the money, despite the father's conviction for murder at the weekend. And churchgoers in Waitakere helped children escape from a fire that threatened to engulf their home.

The Dominion Post's lead says a French rugby player has stitches in his face after an early-morning attack by five rugby fans. Fears are growing that swine flu will become resistant to anti-viral drugs after confirmation winter flu strains are no longer susceptible to Tamiflu.

The SPCA is unimpressed after three roosters were let loose at the rugby test at Westpac Stadium on Saturday. The roosters were caught by security staff and handed to the SPCA, which plans to send them to a farm.

In The Press, teachers with little understanding of professional boundaries are starting inappropriate relationships with students through texts, according to the Teachers Council. The Fish and Game Council is rating the solstice weekend's duck shooting as a winner, with the biggest turnout this year. Swine flu also makes the front page.

The Otago Daily Times leads with a murder trial that begins on Monday. The man accused of killing Otago University student Sophie Elliott is due to appear in the High Court at Christchurch on Monday morning. Student flats may be independently rated in a similar way to hotels and motels under a plan to improve student accommodation being considered by Otago University. There are also pictures of people having a mid-winter dip at Kaka Point. About 50 people took part this year and another 200 took the plunge at St Clair Beach.