5 Mar 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:27 am on 5 March 2012

Monday's headlines: Series of arsons at houses in Aranui, Wainoni and Avondale, Christchurch; inaccurate timekeeping at game between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says property prices in Auckland are climbing to their pre-recession market peak, but prices in the rest of the North Island are trailing behind.

A final search is planned in the case of the disappearance of a pilot and his aircraft 15 years ago. Ryan Moynihan was flying from West Melton to Haast in his Cessna when he went missing.

Westpac rescue piloy Darryl Sherwin is using a system involving the plotting of radar coordinates to help locate the plane.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with hundreds of people are struggling to repay short-term loans. Some people face bills up to six times the amount of the original loan.

And Waikato's road toll for 2012 hit double digits at the weekend, with a man being killed in an accident on State Highway Three at Otorohanga.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says a New Zealand diplomat is understood to have sat on the floor surrounded by armed men as she tried to negotiate the release of a New Zealand mother and her three children in Algeria. Consul Barbara Welton is said to have told more than two dozen soldiers, police officers and 50 people: "I am not leaving this building without my citizens".

Mihi Puriri has now left the house but has not seen her children in more than a week.

Lynmore and Greg Daniels are pictured after they married during the weekend, six hours after Mr Daniels proposed.

The Press

The Press says BNZ House in Cathedral Square could be replaced by a new 13 storey building as early as this year. But construction will depend on tenant insurance and securing insurance cover.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says the Anglican Church needs to give details of its plan to rebuild the Cathedral.

Occupied homes are being targetted in a series of arsons in Aranui, Wainoni and Avondale.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says more than 25,000 animals died during research projects at the University of Otago in 2009.

Some 169 students are being disciplined after anti-social behaviour during the university's orientation week.

And inaccurate timekeeping led to tension during Saturday night's rugby game between the Highlanders and the Crusaders. The stadium's big screen showed time up for three minutes before the referee blew the final whistle, with the home team winning by 27 - 24.