17 Aug 2009

Monday's papers

8:49 am on 17 August 2009

In the New Zealand Herald, hundreds of state beneficiaries are said to be receiving payments totalling more than $1,000 a week.

The paper also carries that story that the headmasters of high schools are pointing the finger at each other after a rugby semifinal between Kelston and Auckland Grammar erupted into a brawl.

The Dominion Post leads with the story that a powerful agency will decide which treatments to provide at public hospitals under a revamp of the health system. And the Government has made public a long-awaited report on the health system.

The Press leads with a ministerial advisory group warning that New Zealand's public healthcare system will be unaffordable unless it is made more efficient.

In the Otago Daily Times, Dunedin International Airport Ltd chairman Richard Walls says trans-Tasman flights could cost as little as $80 if an initiative to scrap departure taxes and other government-related costs for flights between Australia and New Zealand goes ahead.