27 Aug 2012

Morning Report: Local papers

7:15 am on 27 August 2012

Monday's headlines: Easy for criminals to change their names; 16 cans of butane found after death of teenager, early appearance of Spring in Christchurch on Sunday.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald pictures Neil Armstrong and Sir Edmund Hillary standing at the North Pole under the headline 'Yarns with the first man on the moon', Sir Edmund's son Peter recalls sitting in a tiny Arctic hearing 'the captain of the Apollo mission tell it like it was, was a thrill never to be forgotten".

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports severe deficiencies in the law are giving criminals ''a simple means for identity theft'' by making it easy to change their names. Former Ombudsman Mel Smith uncovered the loopholes while investigating how convicted paedophile Te Rito Henry Miki was able to teach at six schools.

And the congenial face of Waipa revealed a snarl on Saturday, as hundreds of residents gathered in Te Awamutu to protest against rates rises.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports the legality of more than 100,000 parking tickets issued in Wellington is in question after the fines quoted an out-of-date law.

Seti Tafua of Wellington is pictured. He was left paralysed in June after sustaining a spinal injury while playing his second-to-last game for the Northern Suburbs club in Sydney. All going well, Mr Tafua will return to New Zealand this week and enter the spinal rehabilitation unit in Auckland.

The Press

The Press reports a friend of a teenager who died after huffing butane, watched in horror on Saturday as members of public tried unsuccessfully to revive Poihaere Eru, 17, at a suburban park in Christchurch.

Police found 16 cans of butane at Hansons Reserve in Upper Riccarton, where Miss Eru had been huffing with two friends aged 14 and 16.

Spring made an early appearance on Sunday when temperatures of 21 degrees celsius sent people flocking to Sumner Beach and Hagley Park.


The Otago Daily Times says confidential documents relating to the Otago Rugby Football Union's involvement with pokies are being withheld by the Department of Internal Affairs. The paper has lodged a complaint with the Office of the Ombudsmen seeking the release of the information, citing public interest.

Shona Dunlop MacTavish, considered the mother of modern dance in New Zealand, is in a serious but stable condition in Dunedin hospital after a car crash on Saturday.