25 Jun 2012

Morning Report: local papers

6:57 am on 25 June 2012

Monday's headlines: Mineral survey plans on the West Coast confirmed plans; pregnant woman refused the use of a toilet in a store in Christchurch; Richie McCaw considered New Zealand's most trustworthy person.

NZ Herald]

The New Zealand Herald leads with health groups joining forces to demand duty-free tobacco allowances for travellers be scrapped.

They include the Heart Foundation and the Maori Medical Practitioners Association.

The paper also reveals who is considered to be the most trustworthy person in the country - Richie McCaw.

Former All Black Sir John Kirwan is also in the top ten of the annual Reader's Digest "most trusted survey".

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports on a brawl between two feuding families in Taumarunui after a school netball game on Saturday.

The fight ended with one man being taken to hospital with a knife protruding from his chest.

Whilst Irish eyes weren't smiling for Ireland against the All Blacks on Saturday night, they were for Hamilton bar owners, with most chalking up their best night of the year.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says the Government has confirmed plans to survey for minerals in world heritage sites on the West Coast.

Aeromagnetic surveying will be carried out in the South Island from Haast to Karamea, including large areas of Te Wahipounamu South West New Zealand world heritage area.

And in the latest in ongoing ACC stories, the paper has more on the corporation's policy of moving on thousands of long-term clients, revealing that a far tougher quota system was adopted two years ago.

The Press

The Press has more on the mineral surveys, which follow a similar project in Northland last year, where almost 14,000 square km were assessed.

Woodend fire fighters are pictured tackling a weekend blaze. An old house was donated to the brigade, so members could practice fire fighting techniques.

The other front page story involves a pregnant woman who's furious after being refused the use of a toilet in central Christchurch.

Jacki Breuer, who is seven months' pregnant, visited the store in question on Friday, and while there needed to go to the toilet.

Her appeal to use the facilities fell on deaf ears, with the owner saying its up to Christchurch City Council to provide public toilets.

ODT

Top story again in The Otago Daily Times is tobacco with health lobbyists seeking huge price increases in the price of cigarettes, phased in over the next four years.

And a prancing unicorn is pictured circling the Octagon in a lantern procession during the Dunedin Midwinter Carnival celebrations.