3 Nov 2009

Tuesday's newspaper headlines

10:09 am on 3 November 2009

Half of New Zealand's 12-year-olds are projected to fail new maths standard; Ombudsmen's Office investigates how schools and agencies respond to bullying, proposed home for alcoholic vagrants in Wellington in doubt.

NZ Herald

The paper says New Zealand troops were fortunate not to be killed in a Taliban ambush deliberately set up to unsettle them just days after their arrival in Afghanistan.

The New Zealand Herald reports there are more concerns for Auckland area DHBs, with experts describing an important Labtest database as of "poor quality" and the new company's staffing as "light".

A toddler is dead after a vehicle driven by her father hit her on a lifestyle block in the Waikato on Monday.

Dominion Post

The Ombudsmen's Office is investigating how schools and government agencies respond to bullying and violence, the paper says. The rare step was sparked by parents of Hutt Valley High School pupils complaining about the actions of the school's board of trustees, Child, Youth and Family and the Education Review Office after an incident in 2007.

The future of a proposed home for alcoholic vagrants in a quiet Wellington street is in doubt, with health officials looking at pulling its funding.

The Press

Half of New Zealand's 12-year-olds are projected to fail the new maths standard, sparking parent protests that the Government is setting up a new "education underclass", reports the paper.

Missing bus stops marred the first day of an overhaul of Christchurch bus routes, the Press says. Commuters had to wave down buses on four streets where bus-stop signs had not been installed in time for the introduction of the routes.

Three Israeli tourists with poor hearing, including one who also has poor sight, sparked a search near Wanaka on Monday.

Otago Daily Times

The ODT says police are appalled an allegedly drunk 16-year-old schoolboy drove a van carrying 11 other young people on a "booze cruise" in Oamaru on Saturday night.

Prime Minister John Key says the foreshore and seabed legislation will almost certainly be repealed, but no decision has been taken on what might replace it.