6 Mar 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:15 am on 6 March 2013

Wednesday's headlines: Announcement of new secondary school in Hamilton awaited; tourism industry tracking the spending habits of tourists via credit card transactions; roadside breath test failed by teenager gargling deodorant.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports that a man who died suddenly in his car on the side of a busy road in Auckland went unnoticed for five days. Police say it was likely that man died from a medical condition and his death was not suspicious. The car seat was reclined which meant the man would not have been clearly visible to anyone walking past.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports that Education Minister Hekia Parata is expected to announce at a public meeting on Friday that Hamilton will get a new secondary school.

It will be located in Hamilton's rapidly expanding northeastern suburbs. A northeastern primary school has gone from a role of just over 50 when it opened in 2008 to a roll of over 500 now.

A Masterton teenager tried to fool a roadside breath test by gargling deodorant. The alcohol in the deodorant had the opposite effect, pushing him over the adult limit.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with kiwi investors flocking to sign up for shares in Mighty River Power, with about 35,000 booking their interest on the first day alone. The paper says the website set up to take names of potential investors couldn't cope with the deluge of "mum and dad" investors and many couldn't access it.

And the paper has a photo of a man snorkelling with a group of orca swimming in Wellington harbour yesterday.

The Press

The Press reports on documents that show Education Minister Hekia Parata ignored warnings from officials that it was too soon to make sweeping school changes in Christchurch. A Ministry of Education report, from last June, shows ministry officials told Parata that demographic change was still uncertain, meaning it might be too early to determine the "optimal approach for some school clusters".

And the Supreme Winners of the Ellerslie International Garden Show are pictured with their garden called "Revolutionising Reuse".


The Otago Daily Times leads with the recall of Ian Butler to the Black Caps, eight years and a back injury after he last represented New Zealand.

The paper says it's been "a long time between drinks" for Butler but with Doug Bracewell being ruled out because of a cut foot, the Otago all-rounder will start in the Test match at University Oval on Wednesday.

The tourism industry is using credit card transactions to track the spending habits of tourists. The information is being used to provide a picture of where the tourist went and what they spent their money on.