20 Jan 2012

Friday's morning newspaper headlines

9:37 am on 20 January 2012

False-passport man gets second chance; road workers save boy; Meridian ditches Otago wind farm.

New Zealand Herald

The paper reports a boy frantically searched for his brother who disappeared in the water at O'Neill Bay near Bethell's Beach on Auckland's West Coast.

A judge has given a young Czech man who witnessed a murder then fled to New Zealand on a false passport a second chance to stay in this country.

A volunteer fireman called to the scene of a fatal crash in Hawkes Bay arrived to find the victim was his teenage nephew.

Waikato Times

The paper says the inner workings of the Overseas Investment Office could be revealed if it approves a Chinese bid to buy the Crafar farms.

One music festival is set to pull out of Waikato and another cannot guarantee it will stay in the region.

Dominion Post

A surprise drop in inflation could signal a year of good financial fortune for Kiwi homeowners, experts say.

The paper talks to some of the first graduates of a pilot programme to encourage more male kindergarten teachers.

The IRD has received 54 complaints over two years about sending letters to people who have died.

The Press

The Press reports on Meridian Energy's decision to drop Project Hayes, with opponents of the planned $2 billion wind farm rejoicing that the unique Central Otago landscape is safe from corporate industrialisation.

Three Ashburton road workers are being hailed as heroes for going to the aid of the three-year-old boy who was bitten in the throat by his family's dog.

The paper has a picture of the opening of the world buskers festival at Hagley Park.

Otago Daily Times

The paper also reports on Meridian Energy decision to pull the plug on Project Hayes.

Lawyer, triathlete and pie lover Hamish Taylor has cycled down from Auckland to take part in the Challenge Wanaka iron distance triathlon on Saturday.