15 Oct 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:12 am on 15 October 2012

Monday's headlines: Work & Income computer kiosks shut down; primary teaching students being encouraged to leave New Zealand when they graduate; two bodies found in abandoned mine.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports computer kiosks at Work & Income branches have been shut down after a blogger found they gave him access to private records including children's care home addresses and medical prescriptions.

The Ministry of Social Development said an urgent investigation had started and all kiosks across the country had been shut until further notice.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports on the discovery of two bodies in an abandoned mine on the Coromandel Peninsula. While police remain tight lipped over the grim discovery, nearby residents say the two men may have died in a drug-related explosion. The Ranfurly Shield is safe in Waikato hands for the summer, but the paper says the region has some serious celebrating to do to match the number of weddings, parties and schools the Log o' Wood visited while in the south.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says primary teaching students are being encouraged to leave New Zealand for overseas when they graduate because only one in five will land jobs at home. Come rain or shine, the capital was relatively 'unscathed' by the storm over the weekend.

Although heavy rain and wind gusts brought down trees and cut power across the country, the South Island took the hardest hits, with the road to Milford Sound closed for another three days at least due to slips.

The Press

The Press also reports on the wild weather, which prevented more than 700 people from reboarding the Sea Princess cruise ship, anchored in Akaroa harbour, on Saturday.

Passengers said on Sunday they were overwhelmed by the community's hospitality, with some residents even sleeping on their couches and offering up their beds to ensure the tourists were as comfortable as possible.


The Otago Daily Times reports more than 700 drivers have been caught for drug-driving since a new law came into effect.

Bay of Plenty recorded 128 drug-driving clearances under the amended legislation, and a further 10 under the old legislation. Northland was the next highest with 65 and eight charges, respectively. A home semi-final for the Otago rugby team is described as the 'icing on the cake' less than a year after the Otago RFU was left defunct and almost bankrupt.