11 Feb 2013

Morning Report: local papers

6:45 pm on 11 February 2013

Monday's headlines: Kate Winslet seen shopping in Masterton; NZ Women's Golf Open won by Lydia Ko; no lamb and mint pies left in Arrowtown for Julia Gillard's partner Tim Mathieson.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports that almost 750,000 people in New Zealand could be classed as the working poor under a new report.

Unions who commissioned the report are to launch a campaign targetting large employers to pay at least the living wage, likely to be set at $20 per hour.

Triathlete Glen Cornwell is angry that organisers of the Ironman competition in Taupo have refunded him only part of his $800 entry fee after he was seriously injured in a crash before the race.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports from Taumarunui on the Dickinson family's ordeal at the hands of a gunman over the weekend.

It was one of several serious incidents, including a car stolen at gunpoint, which put the town on lockdown for four hours as police hunted a suspect.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with a fomer police informant suing the police for mental pain. Rob Gilchrist, who spent a decade spying on protest groups before he was outed in 2008, says he now has depression and his life has been threatened. Gilchrist is seeking more than $500,000 in compensation.

And actress Kate Winslet is pictured shopping in Masterton on Saturday. Winslet was with her new husband Ned RocknRoll, film director Sir Peter Jackson and his daughter Katie.

The Press

The Press reports that neighbours of an Edgeware Rd home where a man was found killed over the weekend heard a woman scream for an ambulance.

Police have named the dead man as Guy Christian Scollay, 48.

Lydia Ko is pictured after winning the New Zealand Women's Golf Open at Clearwater.


The Otago Daily Times leads with the same story on wages as the Herald, saying a similar campaign in London has raised the wages of about 45,000 low-paid people.

A fireworks display that brought Chinese New Year festivities to a close in Dunedin is pictured.

And there's the sad tale of Julia Gillard and her partner Tim Mathieson, who visited an Arrowtown pie shop over the weekend.

Mr Mathieson had fond memories of a lamb and mint pie he had eaten there 20 years earlier.

The pie was still on the menu, but it had sold out, so Mr Mathieson made do with a venison version instead.