19 Aug 2009

Today's papers

9:45 am on 19 August 2009

The New Zealand Herald reports that immigration officers have given police fresh information on National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi's alleged involvement in an immigration scam.

It also reports that Auckland Grammar's 1st XV will find out on Wednesday whether it will be banned from the secondary school's rugby final against Mt Albert Grammar because of the brawl at its semifinal against Kelston at the weekend.

The paper reveals that many of the Government's front row will be in the stands for Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup match in Sydney.

Eight Cabinet ministers , including Prime Minister John Key, are heading across the Tasman for talks this week, and six have accepted an Australian invitation to watch the match.

The Dominion Post says more speed cameras and the naming and shaming of "cowboy" truckies are among the recommendations of a government review aimed at stemming carnage on the roads.

It also reports that an education review panel that threatened to close eight rural Tararua schools has disbanded, its seven members saying they have been harassed, telephoned late at night and threatened.

In Christchurch, The Press says a review of the minimum driving age has been welcomed by the widow of a Christchurch city councillor killed after being hit by a car driven by a 15-year-old.

The paper also says a Christchurch tax worker fed up with his bosses has made a spectacular protest by driving his car through three plate-glass windows at the Inland Revenue Department building in the city centre.

And it appears "Dr Google" is fast becoming the first port of call for sick Kiwis, with a survey finding that one in three patients uses the internet search engine before - or instead of - visiting the doctor.

Finally, the Otago Daily Times reports that Federated Farmers says rural people will be "hugely inconvenienced" if the driving age is lifted to 17. And seagulls picking over scraps at the Green Island landfill have been given a reprieve after Dunedin City Council suspended the use of a dangerous narcotic used to poison the birds.

And a 30-year-old woman died of swine flu in Dunedin Hospital on Sunday.