29 Nov 2010

Monday's newspaper headlines

7:14 am on 29 November 2010

Auckland Airport runway light failure disrupts travel; $100m home for nation's art; lawyer approached over mine inquiry, alcohol ban call after violence at Christchurch park event.

NZ Herald

The failure of runway lights at Auckland Airport on Saturday night left thousands of passengers stranded. More than 20 hours after the lights failed, the paper says, the arrivals hall was still overflowing with angry and exhausted passengers.

Twenty-two flights in and out of Auckland were rescheduled or delayed, disrupting the travel plans of about 2000 people.

Dominion Post

Te Papa's new chairman has thrown his weight behind building a $100 million art gallery to house the museum's formidable - but rarely seen - collection. Sir Wira Gardiner says a standalone gallery is high on his personal agenda because the current museum does not do the collection justice.

The paper has the story of Brian Delaney, 73, who was revived 8 minutes after a heart attack at Wellington airport last Thursday. Flight attendant Zoe Moran used a defibrillator to resuscitate Mr Delaney when his heart stopped just before takeoff.

The Press

Alcohol may be banned from all public events at Hagley Park after what's being described as a night of chaos at Christmas in the Park. Christchurch police and Mayor Bob Parker both said they would support an alcohol ban after drunken violence and damage in the city on Saturday night.

Smoke and flames billowed from the Pike River coal mine on Sunday, with police admitting it is unrealistic to think the bodies of the 29 miners will be recovered intact. A fourth, more violent explosion rocked the mine yesterday.

Otago Daily Times

Intermediaries have started looking for legal advice as the families of the Pike River miners prepare for a Royal Commission of Inquiry. They have approached the lawyer who represented families of victims of the Cave Creek tragedy, Grant Cameron, who has confirmed he has been asked to a meeting in Greymouth.