6 Jan 2009

Summer Report: local papers

8:18 am on 6 January 2009

Holiday tragedies dominate the papers on Tuesday; more than 350 young people brought to the attention of CYF since 2000, have died; Government reportedly considering financial help for recycling industry.

The New Zealand Herald

Photos from a concert by Neil Finn in Auckland on Monday night are across the top of the page.

The rest of the front page is devoted to two holiday tragedies: the loss of rugby league star Sonny Fai, 20, off Bethells Beach and a river crash at Queenstown which left two missing and two seriously hurt.

The Taranaki Daily News

A front page picture shows the Tongaporutu rock outcrop is once again made up of three rock formations.

Erosion previously destroyed one of the outcrops, but the sea has eaten away at a cliff face and created a new formation.

The Dominion Post

More than 350 young people brought to the attention of Child Youth & Family since 2000, have died. Children's Commission Cindy Kiro says many of those deaths were preventable.

Former All Black Paul Henderson is unsure how a runners-up medal he received in the 1995 Rugby World Cup, has come to be listed on an internet auction site for $8000. He might have given it away at some stage.

The Press

As well as the Kawarau River crash, a large part of the front page is devoted to a report that the Government is considering financial help for the recycling industry which is struggling because of a worldwide slump in demand for recycled plastics and paper

The Timaru Herald

In addition to stories on the loss of young league star Sonny Fai and the river accident in Queenstown, there is a large photo of two girls who won prizes in a sand sculpting competition at Caroline Bay

The Otago Daily Times

Rescuers are pictured tending to the injured at the scene of the Kawarau River boating accident. Two people are missing.

The paper also reports on missing league player Sonny Fai and a continuing search for tramper Irina Yun around the Dart River.