Wednesday's headlines: North Island came close to total power blackout; Annette King may now turn her thoughts to the mayoralty of Wellington; all but one of Rotary Park school board of trustees resigned over concerns about the return of the principal.
The New Zealand Herald says a former All Black hit his son with a belt, because he was 'sick and tired' of the boy's treatment of his sister. According to new details in the police summary of the case, the man, who has name suppression, lost his temper and struck the child twice with a leather belt. The boy's school is believed to have alerted authorities.
The paper also carries a picture of Nicho Waipuka, 19, who police are seeking in connection with the assault and robbery of a Radio New Zealand journalist.
The Waikato Times reports a constable attacked by a 14-year-old armed with a machete says his joy of life has gone. Constable Andrew Osborn says he can't even watch his children play without constantly looking for danger, after the attack on Boxing Day last year.
A council austerity drive risks turning Hamilton into a town for the "Amish". Cr Peter Bos says including a proposed upgrade of Seddon Park in a swathe of austerity cuts would help turn the city into somewhere that "only Amish will visit".
The Dominion Post carries the headline 'Seconds from Disaster' when the North Island came close to total blackout after the Huntly power station failed on Tuesday.
The paper also reports Annette King may now turn her thoughts to the mayoralty of Wellington after handing over the deputy leadership of the Labour Party to Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson.
The Press reports a rundown house where a Christchurch teenager Hayden Miles was last seen, may be left to burn if threats to torch it are carried out. The Fire Service says they have been told of a threat to the property and are prepared to let the place go up in flames rather than become another 'house of horrors'.
Farmers will earn an extra $55,000 from Fonterra, after it lifted its milk payout forecast.
The Otago Daily Times carries a warning from the family of teenager James Cessford, who died from inhaling butane. They say his death should serve as a warning that anyone who plays the odds can lose at any time, no matter who they are.
The paper also reports that all but one of the six board of trustees members of Rotary Park school have resigned over growing concerns about the return of the school's principal, Carmel Casey.