18 Feb 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:01 am on 18 February 2013

Monday's headlines: YahooXtra email horror show continues; university students warned not to "overdo it" during Orientation Week; increased link cited between Lotto and problem gambling.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says new figures showing an increased link between Lotto and problem gambling. The figures show more than 12% of problem gamblers cite the Lotteries Commission as their main gambling outlet, up from 8.8% three years ago.

Large jackpots are blamed for the rise.

Under the headline "Hamstrung hero" the paper reports on an injured Black Cap Martin Guptill hobbling out onto Seddon Park on Sunday night to secure victory against England.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports on a car accident where the driver partially destroyed the Hamilton 400 sculpture. The car crossed the centre line and collided with the $150,000 sculpture called "Passing Red" by artist Gaye Jurisich.

The driver had to be cut from the car.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports that the horror show continued for YahooXtra customers over the weekend after their email passwords were cancelled. Many frustrated customers spent hours waiting on the phone to activate a new password.

Lydia Ko is pictured after finishing third at the Australian Women's Open. New Zealand pro golfer Greg Turner calls Ko, 15, an "extraordinary talent".

There are now growing calls for her to turn professional.

The Press

The Press leads with the mother of the toddler murdered by Liz Healy 15 years ago pleading for her not to walk free.

Healy is due before the Parole Board this week but the mother of her victim - 17 month old Shae Hammond, says Healy has never admitted her guilt or explained what happened.

The government is considering taking private land to build Christchurch's earthquake memorial. The memorial project has a budget of $10 million and will be unveiled on 22 February, 2016 - the fifth anniversary of the tragedy.


The Otago Daily Times leads with police warning Otago University students not to "overdo it" during Orientation Week.

The university also has the power to issue fines of up to $500 and the message from the university's director of student services is: "Don't do anything that you will come to regret in the cold light of day".

Thousands of ducks are pictured under the headline "Rubber duckies, you're the ones" floating down the Water of Leith as part of a fundraiser.