18 Dec 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:37 am on 18 December 2012

Tuesday's headlines: Bulk carrier aground in Fiji; book says new suspect confessed to killing Swedish tourists; frantic week of Christmas shopping foreseen in Dunedin.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports that a new suspect confessed to killing two Swedish tourists, a crime for which David Tamihere spent 21 years in prison.

The man is named by author Ian Wishart in a new book, which claims to contain information that will raise new questions about Tamihere's conviction in 1990 for killing Heidi Paakkonen and Urban Hoglin.

Damage from Tropical Cyclone Evan in Fiji is pictured.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times also leads with Evan's wrath, with Fiji's second largest city Lautoka described as a war zone and reports of houses flying through the air. In the harbour at Suva, the 14,000 tonne bulk carrier Starford ran aground as it battled fierce winds. Fears were growing on Monday night among Hamilton's Fijian community as they awaited news.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with the story of an Upper Hutt primary school principal who was bashed by a man concerned that the school had employed a paedophile.

St Joseph's school head Peter Ahern sustained a cut head and bruised ribs in the incident - a man will appear in Lower Hutt District Court on Wednesday.

And the cost for a typical Christmas dinner for a family of four has risen by about $11 in the past decade.

The Press

The Press describes Fiji as being on the verge of a major disaster as Evan tears apart towns and villages.

It outlines the major damage in Lautoka, where homes have been destroyed and all power and telephone lines are lost.

Also on the front page: residential red zone property owners in Christchurch can stay longer in their homes after the Government extended the final settlement date by three months.


The Otago Daily Times warns Dunedin residents to prepare for a frantic week, as a survey by the Otago Chamber of Commerce shows that a 'significant number' of people are yet to start their Christmas shopping.

The informal study suggests that only 12% of respondents have completed their shopping, while 10%are yet to start.

Presbyterian Support Otago has lost a $5.5 million annual contract to provide home-based services to older people.