27 Apr 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:13 am on 27 April 2012

Friday's headlines: Post-quake freshwater springs could create problems for new houses in Christchurch; broken jaw for soccer referee who issued yellow card to player; rail network in Auckland region crippled by power fault in Wellington.

NZ Herald

Top story in The New Zealand Herald involves a volunteer soccer referee whose jaw was broken in three places when a player hit him after being given a second yellow card.

Len Gattsche was waiting on Thursday night for surgery to fix his jaw and his wife does not know if he will referee again.

Commuters are pictured struggling to get home, after a power fault in Wellington crippled the entire rail network in Auckland region.

And Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is revealed to have shot a short movie which features himself racing Formula One winner Kimi Raikonnen in Germany.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times says thousands of Hamilton residents have responded with anger and confusion after receiving letters from the City Council warning that their homes are at risk of flooding.

And canny shoppers have forced gourmet grocer Farro Fresh in Hamilton to reinvent itself as a 'value' store, just nine months after it opened.

The Dominion Post describes how plans by Wellington City Council for big commercial developments on waterfront land have been torpedoed by the Environment Court.

The other front page story is that of Simon Alex, 17, who was so badly wounded by a stray bullet that he 'died' twice and had his blood replaced four times.

But thanks to a trauma team at Auckland City hospital, he's now making a good recovery.

The Press

The Press says the impact of the earthquakes continues. Hundreds of freshwater springs that have bubbled to the surface since the September 2010 quake could create problems for new houses.

In life after the quakes, pets are being put down, abandoned or surrendered as their owners compete for scarce rental accommodation in Christchurch.

And Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee is calling for Anglican leaders to release all their files on the cathedral.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says five years after she was repeatedly raped and left for dead by Liam James Reid, his Dunedin victim says its hard to move on from the brutal incident.

The story is sparked by reports that an Auckland criminal lawyer and former Maori Party candidate is facing two charges relating to prison dealings with Reid, and that she believes him innocent of the crimes.

The victim says she's been left feeling shocked.