13 Nov 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:16 am on 13 November 2012

Tuesday's headlines: Rest home patient burned to death; 12.5% share taken in rugby franchise; statement promised soon about a disputed purchase by Dunedin City Council.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports a young mother was stabbed to death by her ex-partner who had been released on bail - despite police opposition - after an earlier incident in which he threatened to kill her.

The death of Inayat Kawthar, 24, last Friday comes admit a campaign to strengthen bail laws and follows the death of Christie Marceau, in similar circumstances, in 2011.

Former Cabinet minister Dover Samuels has defended a traffic ticket for driving in an Auckland bus lane, claiming country drivers don't know city rules. On Monday he learned that he had lost his case and was fined a further $132 on top of his $150 fine.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports staff at a Waikato rest home are in shock after an elderly resident suffered extensive burns - later dying in hospital - after a cigarette set fire to his clothing.

Police in Hamilton are investigating the incident, which occurred at the Cardrona Rest Home and Hospital on Saturday.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post pictures entrepreneur Gareth Morgan donning a Hurricane's jersey. Dr Morgan and some business partners on Monday took a 12.5% share in the team - the first New Zealand Super Rugby franchise to confirm private investment.

Dr Morgan also hinted that his sporting philanthropy could extend to Wellington cricket and netball franchises.

The Press

It's Cup day on the front page of The Press and the city is ready to party!

But first the ''pin-up boy of harness racing'' Dexter Dunn has some work to do. He is only 10 wins away from driving his 1000th winner, something only a dozen drivers in the history of New Zealand harness racing have achieved.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times has the story of a bereaved Dunedin family, that has pushed for the New South Wales coroner to look into the death of one of its members. Police there originally concluded that Nadine Haag took her own life, in 2009, but her family disagreed, and began investigating.

The paper also has a large picture of some Chinese fashion students in Dunedin as part of an exchange with Otago polytech.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull has promised to make a statement soon about a disputed council purchase of land at Luggate and Jacks Point.