30 Apr 2012

Morning Report: Local papers

1:42 pm on 30 April 2012

Monday's headlines: Earthquake exodus led by Maori, Pacific Islanders and young families; bus driver's cash box taken as he lay unconscious on the ground; hikoi passes through Hamilton.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says a Rotorua teenager was last night fighting for his life after escaping a house fire by jumping through a closed window. He has burns to 70% of his body and severe gashes caused by the window glass.

The paper also reports on the decision by Prime Minister John Key to stand by the ACT leader and cabinet minister John Banks - for now.

The Waikato Times

'The Voice of the People Needs to be Heard' is the headline in The Waikato Times. The paper reports that Waikato protesters joined a Wellington bound hikoi as it passed through Hamilton on Sunday, voicing displeasure over a number of policies, including plans to partially sell state assets.

Hundreds of Hamilton homeowners, many likely still reeling from council letters about potential flood damage to their properties, will on Monday receive notices telling them their homes could be 'affected' by high-voltage overhead lines.

Dominion Post

The front page of The Dominion Post is dominated by an investigation of the ACC's treatment of claimant Bronwyn Pullar.

The paper says it has listened to the recording of a key meeting between Ms Pullar, her supporter Michelle Boag and senior ACC managers.

It claims the tape reveals that the corporation misled both its minister and the public over the story.

The Lower Hutt bus driver who died at his depot on Friday night had his cash box taken as he lay unconscious on the ground.

Four people handed themselves into police on Sunday over the theft.

The Press

Top story in The Press is new research showing that Maori, Pacific Islanders and young families have led Christchurch's earthquake exodus.

Commuters battling bottlenecks and backups have something to look forward to on Monday morning - Madras St is fully open.

The cordon was lifted from the remaining closed section of the thoroughfare on Sunday afternoon.


The Otago Daily Times reports plans for a $3 million refurbishment of the former art gallery at Logan Park look set to be approved.

The paper says this will pave the way for the increasingly dilapidated building to be converted into a new sports hub.

And a hunter shot dead in Southland early on Sunday was the third killed by a fellow shooter in the last four months.