24 Mar 2009

Tuesday's newspaper headlines

7:51 am on 24 March 2009

Cash-strapped patients put off cancer checkups as recession bites; Government backpedals on its national cycleway plan; Otago woman celebrates 106th birthday

NZ Herald

The paper quotes an economist for Westpac bank saying house prices have fallen below a fair price that investors should be willing to pay - the first time this has happened since late 2006.

The New Zealand Herald says the Government is backpedalling on its national cycleway plan, preferring to talk of a network of projects rather than Prime Minister John Key's initial vision of a ribbon of concrete from Kaitaia to Bluff.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post continues with a special investigation into Maritime New Zealand, and says Marlborough's harbourmaster has accused the organisation of breaking its own rules after it awarded a senior qualification to a pilot previously caught cheating.

An Auckland cleaner tells of finding a baby girl abandoned in an aircraft toilet rubbish bin last week, saying she called out in shock to her co-workers.

The Press

The paper says cash-strapped patients are putting off cancer checkups as the recession bites. The Rural GP Network tells the paper some of its practices have seen a drop in patient visits of up to 10%.

Prime Minister John Key says employers who try to force their workers to trade away a week's leave under changes to the Holidays Act will be prosecuted.

The owner of a failed Canterbury home-building firm is quoted in the Press saying she will go to the police over a nasty letter dropped in her neighbours' mailboxes.

Otago Daily Times

The ODT which says a Dunedin-based company is joining forces with two international partners in a $3 million deal to help fight what is being described as the spreading "epidemic" of autism.

Otago's oldest woman is still going strong. Maudie Wilson of Clyde, was 106 on Monday and after two days of celebrations with family, appears to be still enjoying every moment of her long life.