18 Aug 2010

Wednesday's newspaper headlines

10:58 am on 18 August 2010

Country doctors earning $2500 a day; Christchurch midwife admits misconduct charges; bee blamed for a truck crash that cut power to Auckland homes.

NZ Herald

One of the country's most remote and cash-strapped health boards is said to be paying surgeons $2500 dollars a day. The South Island's West Coast DHB has had difficulty attracting doctors and its CEO says the high pay rate is necessary for locums.

A bee is being blamed for a truck crash that cut power to more than 1700 Auckland homes on Tuesday. The insect flew into the driver's face on the Whitford-Maraetai Road, causing him to hit a power pole.

Dominion Post

The Government's key support party is said to be in turmoil after ACT's deputy leader Heather Roy was deposed, prompting questions about the coalition's majority.

Wellington City Council chief executive Garry Poole has had a pay increase of nearly $19,000, partly as a reward for keeping rates down.

The Press

A disciplinary tribunal has been told a Christchurch midwife facing misconduct charges was nicer to dogs than to one of her patients. The midwife has admitted six charges of professional misconduct.

At a function for Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker on Tuesday, Prime Minister John Key told The Press that the mayor had done a very good job in the last three years, but stopped short of endorsing him.

Otago Daily Times

Promoters of a new business model for the ailing meat industry say it will transform the sector and boost the New Zealand economy by $521 million in the next seven years.

The Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal upheld a decision not to give Michael Guest a practising certificate after deciding he misled it by what are called lies or calculated omission during a hearing on his application to be readmitted to the roll of barristers.

Opponents of the sale of Queenstown Airport have moved to try to stop any further decisions being made over its ownership.