15 Nov 2012

Morning Report: local papers

11:26 pm on 15 November 2012

Thursday's headlines: New sections selling like hot cakes in Hamilton; river-front properties in Christchurch tipped to become desirable again; Royal Tolkien fan visits Weta Workshop.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the news of the death of a boy, aged two, who was run over in a Papakura driveway.

Police are investigating the incident at Orpheus Place, believed to be the home of the toddler's grandparents.

School nurses handing out emergency contraceptive pills to teenage girls is one radical idea suggested to reduce the newborn and fetal death rate in South Auckland. It's currently 20% above the national average.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports Hamilton's section-starved housing market saw 56 Rototuna sections sell in one morning to hopefuls who slept in their cars overnight to grab a piece of dirt.

Such was the demand for sections in the final phase of Horsham Estate that sales opened more than an hour early on Wednesday.

An inquiry has begun to find possible victims of an Australian serial paedophile priest, Father Denis McAlinden, who previously worked in the Waikato.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post there's extensive coverage of the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall to Wellington.

Sir Jerry Mateparae is pictured cutting into a celebratory birthday cake for Prince Charles, while the paper reveals that the Governor General's head chef dipped into his private stash of marmite to create savoury rolls for the occasion.

Prince Charles, a Tolkien fan, is also pictured at Weta Workshop, where he was hosted by Sir Richard Taylor and Sir Peter Jackson.

The Press

The Press says river-front properties that were close to being written off after the earthquakes, are tipped to become the most sought-after in Christchurch.

Earthquake Commission chief executive Ian Simpson says in time, category three land will bounce back to become desirable again.

James Cameron, Fox Studios and Warner Bros each donated more than $500,000 to Christchurch's earthquake appeal.


The Otago Daily Times reports that Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says the integrity of city council companies is on the line after the Auditor-general began an inquiry into land purchases by its investment arm Delta.

A Dunedin gang member primarily responsible for the misappropriation of $20,000 of Government funds for the gang, to buy cannabis has been sentenced to prison for four years.