2 Jan 2009

Friday's newspaper headlines

10:04 am on 2 January 2009

Search for Auckland woman in Mt Aspiring National Park; strong winds caused trouble in two South Island spots; Wellingtonians more likely to be given a parking ticket than people in other cities.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the story of former Sanlu executives facing charges in China over the melamine milk powder scandal. Sanlu was partly owned by Fonterra and the paper says Fonterra executives are rejecting reports from China that the Sanlu chiefs have admitted the charges.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says Wellingtonians are more likely to be given a parking ticket than people living in other cities. Parking wardens issued $9.2 million worth of tickets last year, while Christchurch residents paid about $5 million and Auckland City Council made about $8 million.

The paper features the story of an inmate in Rimutaka Prison who's alleged to have stabbed his roommate several times after he scared a feral cat the pair had befriended.

The Press

The paper reports strong winds caused trouble in two South Island spots. Campers at Lake Brunner on the West Coast had tents ripped out of the ground by the wind storm. In Kaikoura on the East Coast, winds prevented trampers from crossing a 300 metre exposed ridge on Mount Fyffe.

The Press carries a report on two road deaths in the South Island since the start of the New Year.

Otago Daily Times

The ODT reports on the search for an Auckland woman on the Cascade Saddle in the Mt Aspiring National Park. The paper says she failed to turn up to The Dart Hut on time, though police are hoping she turned back and forgot to inform anyone.

Taranaki Daily News

The paper's lead headline reads 'Tomboy takes out Taranaki belle title', reporting that hunting fishing car-loving tomboy Chelsea Williams took out the Miss Taranaki crown in front of an enthusiastic sunbaked crowd at the Oakura beach carnival.