25 Feb 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:06 am on 25 February 2013

Monday's headlines: Death of Ralph Hotere; Mexican wavemakers evicted from Eden Park; talks between the Ministry of Education and Christchurch City Council about possible land swaps.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with cricket fans being evicted from Eden Park for behaviour like throwing paper darts, trying to start a Mexican wave and even cheering too enthusiastically.

In a tweet, injured Black Caps bowler Mitchell McClenaghan described what many are seeing as an overreaction by security as "ridiculous".

And the paper has a special two page tribute to artist Ralph Hotere who died on Sunday.

h] Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports that Hamilton City has launched a series of measures to tackle the growing issue of vagrancy, homlessness and anti-social behaviour in the central business distract. Businesses have complained of people begging for money, eating scraps off plates, drinking and verbally abusing customers.

Police will profile the individuals and see what social services are available to them.

A helicopter had to make an emergency landing in Lake Rotorua on Sunday. All four people onboard walked away uninjured and the pilot is being praised for managing to keep the helicopter upright.

The Dominion Post leads with a new poll showing more than half of people surveyed thought New Zealand was a better place to live 10 years ago. In 2003 New Zealanders earned on average 40% less than now, but with a sharp rise in the cost of living and house prices, the paper reports that many people feel they were better off a decade ago.

And the paper has more on the death of Ralph Hotere, describing him as a "warrior artist" who depicted some of New Zealand's most divisive historical events.

The Press

The Press reports on mounting pressure for the Government to intervene to resolve a dispute between would-be developers and land owners which is delaying the redevelopment of the City Mall in Christchurch. The redevelopment will take at least two years and at the moment the situation is a stalemate.

And the paper says secret talks have been going on for months between the Ministry of Education and Christchurch City Council staff about possible land swaps to accommodate proposed school mergers.


The Otago Daily Times devotes almost its entire front page to the death of Ralph Hotere. One arts curator is quoted as saying Hotere was New Zealand's greatest living contemporary artist. He had a career that spanned more than five decades.

And a record crowd of up to 40,000 is expected to pack Forsysth Barr Stadium to see United States rock band Aerosmith play in April.