1 Jan 2013

Summer Report: local papers

8:15 am on 1 January 2013

Tuesday's front pages: $1 million worth of parking fines waived in Christchurch over the past year; Runner had doubts about his survival after being lost for two nights; lower blood alcohol drink-drive limit supported in poll.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a poll showing two thirds of those surveyed support lowering the blood alcohol drink-drive limit. The Government is waiting for more research before deciding whether to lower the limit.

Waikato Times

Lead item in The Waikato Times is a profile of Cliff Robinson who has won the paper's Person of the Year award. He led legal action to get the Ministry of Health to pay family members who care for disabled children.

The paper also publishes a front page apology for mistakes in its New Year's honours coverage.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads on the death of Oscar winner Mike Hopkins, when his raft flipped over on the Waiohine River. Director Geoff Murphy describes the sound editor as a top guy in his field.

Runner Alastair Shelton admits he had doubts about his survival after being lost for two nights in the Tararua range.

The Press

The Press leads with Christchurch City Council waiving $1 million worth of parking fines over the past year. Nearly 6000 drivers successfully appealed against their tickets.

Also on the front page is a large photo of the demolition work in the city centre and the story of one Christchurch pharmacy which is bucking the trend of national prescription fee rises.