2 Aug 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:15 am on 2 August 2012

Thursday's headlines: Social media company founded by New Zealand woman bought by Google; no Super Rugby final fanzone in Hamilton; bronze medal won by rowers Rebecca Scown and Juliette Haigh.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald features a half page picture of rowers Rebecca Scown and Juliette Haigh celebrating their bronze medal performance in the Olympic women's coxless pair race. Haigh told reporters minutes after the race that the pair put 'everything out there' and that was 'the best' from them on the day.

The front page also pictures cyclist Linda Villumsen after she finished less than two seconds outside the medals in the women's individual time trial.

Angry Chiefs fans have vented their outrage against scalpers after tickets to Saturday's Super 15 final were snapped up and placed back on-line with inflated prices.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with the same story, with fans calling for the Chiefs franchise to ditch Ticket Direct after the system overloaded and left people waiting for hours in an online queue only for them to be told the game had sold out.

And an ''Ebenezer Scrooge attitude'' by Hood Street business owners has forced Hamilton City Council to cancel its plans for a Super Rugby final fanzone.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post features the story of Victoria Ransom, whose social media company has been bought by Google for $310 million. While Ms Ransom was referring all comment to Google on Wednesday, her father John Ransom said his daughter had come a long way since her days at Parewanui School, in the Manawatu, which had just 30 pupils, two teachers and one computer.

The paper also reports a Lower Hutt rest-home worker has been arrested in connection with a series of jewellery thefts from elderly residents at the Shona McFarlane retirement village in Avalon.

The Press

The Press reports Canterbury University is haemorrhaging $100,000 each business day and 150 jobs at Canterbury University will go as the full financial impact of the earthquakes becomes clear.

And hundreds gathered in Hagley Park on Wednesday to farewell children's author Margaret Mahy who was described as having 'danced through life'.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times reports Queenstown District Lakes Council is investigating the lease-hold development of a parcel of prime Queenstown real estate, up to a third of which could be earmarked for affordable housing.

Dunedin poet Rhian Gallager has won the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards poetry category.