PRESS DIGEST-New Zealand newspapers - April 11

WELLINGTON, April 11 Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:55pm EDT

WELLINGTON, April 11 (Reuters) - Following are some of the lead stories from New Zealand metropolitan newspapers on Friday.

Stories may be taken from either the paper or Internet editions of the papers.

Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

DOMINION POST(www.stuff.co.nz)

Ko the pro asks taxpayer to chip in: Golfer Lydia Ko is asking for more taxpayer support since turning pro than she received when she was an amateur.

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Upgraded airport seen as gateway to Aussie: The decision to proceed with a $110 million upgrade of Wellington Airport dovetails with the view of industry researcher Morningstar that Infratil is looking to Australia for growth opportunities.

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Economist has doubts about soaring confidence: A recent spate of surveys shows New Zealand business confidence soaring but one leading economist says real economic activity remains to be seen.

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No hope' for Abano ouster bid: Rebel Abano Healthcare shareholders Peter Hutson and James Reeves "haven't a hope in hell" of ousting chairman Trevor Janes, says influential investor Brian Gaynor.

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Truckometer points to economic growth: The level of traffic on the country's roads is pointing to economic growth of about 1 per cent in the March quarter, keeping up the pace seen at the end of last year, according to a bank report.

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NEW ZEALAND HERALD (www.nzherald.co.nz)

Peters takes Greens to task: New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has accused the Green Party of attempting to destabilise the Labour Party over its approach to Labour for a pre-election coalition agreement.

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Universities losing race against Asia: Hundreds of millions of dollars being pumped into Asian universities are one reason Australasian institutions have dropped in international rankings, a new analysis says.

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BurgerFuel takes a bigger bite: Chris Mason had only modest ambitions for BurgerFuel when he opened the company's first store on Ponsonby Rd in 1995.

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Mid-sized firms roll up sleeves: Middle-sized businesses are sharing the rock-star economy's benefits, enjoying big growth and taking an increasingly rosy view of their future.

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