26 Jun 2009

Friday's newspaper headlines

7:43 am on 26 June 2009

Government vetoed plan for $300 gift to every New Zealander; homes get 'dumb' electricity meters; Otago prison upgrade revealed.

NZ Herald

The paper leads with the Government rejecting a Treasury recommendation for a one-off lump sum payment of $300 to every New Zealander.

The New Zealand Herald reports that departments that look after MPs have escaped the recent cost-cutting exercise, instead spending on travel by politicians doubled in the first three months of this year.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says the Government has axed the previous Labour-led Government's commitment to spend $8 million on a war memorial park.

Lottery winner Siobhan told her boss yesterday she had a sore shoulder and instead headed to Wellington to pick up her winnings.

The Press

The paper reports 'dumb' electricity meters are being installed in 800,000 New Zealand homes, according to the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.

The Big Wednesday winners say they will stay normal, but one of them, Fiona has made her first purchase - a soccer ball for her son.

Otago Daily Times

The paper leads with plans to spend millions of dollars increasing capacity at Otago's new prison, just two years after the $218 million jail was opened.