5 Jan 2009

Summer Report: local papers

7:31 am on 5 January 2009

Monday's papers: NZ will not choose sides in Gaza conflict; legal aid bill for David Bain is almost $1 million; opposition grows to neighbourhood liquor stores.

New Zealand Herald

A series of petitions and protests against proposed new liquor stores around the North Island are listed by the paper. It says there is a "grassroots backlash" against neighbourhood liquor stores since the killing of an Auckland store owner, Navtesh Singh last June.

Anxious family members are pictured waiting on the shore as a search continued for a man missing since falling out of a dinghy on the Manukau Harbour on Saturday.

Dominion Post

Israel's ground assault on Gaza dominates the front page and the paper says Palestinian supporters in New Zealand are preparing to protest. It quotes Foreign Affairs minister Murray McCully saying New Zealand will not choose sides in the conflict.

The Press

The legal aid bill for David Bain is almost $1 million and could double. Mr Bain is awaiting a retrial after serving 13 years in prison for the killings of his parents, brother and two sisters in 1994 - the case was appealed all the way to the Privy Council.

The Timaru Herald

Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee says petrol prices should fall further this summer, but might rise again in winter. Also on the front page is a report of an arson in Geraldine.

Otago Daily Times

A small tornado hit a farmhouse near the coastal town of Waikouaiti on Saturday. It smashed windows, ripped tiles of the roof and felled powerlines. Basil, a Burmese cat who took refuge in the family piano, is pictured.

The paper also says investors in the failed St Kilda Finance company may get less than half their money back.