10 Dec 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:03 am on 10 December 2012

Monday's headlines: Third World diseases in New Zealand children now 'new norm'; woman in hospital for 30 weeks with rare cash of poison after eating fish in Fiji; winter travails of top waterfront restaurant in Wellington.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the headline 'Poisoned in Paradise'. The paper says Amanda Austrin of New Zealand has spent more than 30 weeks in hospitals after she was poisoned whilst eating fish in Fiji.

Ms Austrin has a rare case of ciguatera poisoning, a toxin found in predator fish in tropical and sub-tropical waters. She came forward with her story to warn those considering holidays in the tropics to take caution eating fish.

The Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports don't take everything at rateable value when it comes to buying a house.

An analysis by the paper of 100 Hamilton house sales immediately after the latest revaluation showed that many sold for tens of thousands below the new estimates, and one home went for more than $100,000 above.

Although almost half of the sales were within 5% of the new valuations, experts say the gap is likely to grow.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says the most vulnerable children are being left behind, even as the economy improves.

The Children's Social Health Monitor shows little progress on helping the tens of thousands of children admitted to hospital for injuries and illnesses linked to poverty. The paper also reports top chef Martin Bosley's Wellington waterfront restaurant almost closed this winter, crippled by debts because of cancelled functions.

The Press

The Press features retired couple Matt and Valerie O'Loughlin, who find themselves uncomfortably at the centre of a landmark insurance case arising from the earthquakes.

The case will look at whether an insurance company is entitled to pay only the repair costs of damaged houses in the red zone when such houses cannot be repaired anyway. And a Press street poll of 20 young people aged 16 - 26 found most agreed with Mayor Bob Parker's recent comments that Christchurch will become little more than a ''glossy rest home'' if the Government does not rethink its blueprint for the central city.


The Otago Daily Times reports New Zealand needs to ''wake up'' and tackle child poverty if it wants to seriously improve the health of the country's most vulnerable children. Dr Elizabeth Craig of the University of Otago said New Zealanders have become used to the 'new norm' of seeing third world diseases in their children.