28 Jan 2009

Wedesday's newspaper headlines

9:05 am on 28 January 2009

Revelations in released SIS files; Police Commissioner meets shot teen's family; Sanlu boss blames Fonterra.

NZ Herald

Under the headline "Convicted Sanlu Boss Blames Fonterra" the New Zealand Herald reports the boss of the Chinese company at the centre of the tainted milk scandal 'acted on information' given to her by a Fonterra -appointed director about the EU's permitted melamine levels.

The paper carries a front page picture of Police Commssioner Howard Broad in the home of Halatau Naitoko, the innocent courier killed in a shoot out on Auckland's north-western motorway. The commissioner will recommend officers involved in the shooting meet the dead man's family.

Dominion Post

The paper's lead story is a government crackdown on truancy. Education Minister Anne Tolley has asked her staff to survey schools and find out truancy rates after it emerged that they had little real idea of how many children are out of class.

Prime Minister John Key and his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd are pictured at the Pacific Islands Forum meeting which proposed banning Fiji from all forum meetings and events unless an election is proposed by 1 May. The leaders are pictured wearing identical shirts, with Mr Rudd signing Mr Key's plaster cast.

The Press

The Press leads on the release of Security Intelligence Service files, saying they reveal how many of the people spied on by the SIS were involved in legimate protest and political activity. A flood of once-secret paper is now reaching those spied on, after the SIS relaxed rules on redundant files.

Otago Daily Times

The ODT reports that a 21-year-old woman stabbed to death in St Kilda on Monday night had broken up with her partner and moved out earlier in the day. Horrified neighbours saw a man chasing the bloodied woman down the road.