15 Jan 2009

Summer Report: local papers

7:26 am on 15 January 2009

"Super city" tipped for all Auckland - from Wellsford to Pukekohe; NZX head tells company directors to sack chief executives who are not performing; back-down by the rental car company.

The New Zealand Herald

The Auckland region could soon be a "super city", with one mayor by early next year. The Royal Commission into Auckland Governance - which is due to isse its recommendations about the future of the city in March - is tipped to go for a city stretching 140km. It would start at Wellsford and end at Pukekohe.

The parents of the two young men killed at Fox Glacier will no longer have to pay for the recovery of their car from the West Coast. The rental car company that was going to charge them now says it won't because it's received offers to pick up the bill from all over New Zealand.

An Auckland bar owner is angry that it took the police more than three weeks to assign a detective to a burglary even though he told them he know who the culprit was.

The Dominion Post

Stock exchange head Mark Weldon tells company directors to sack chief executives who are not performing. He says there's no room for them in tough economic times.

An explosion in Gaza is pictured, as Israeli troops edge closer to the heart of Gaza City. Veteran activist John Minto accuses the Israeli government of shutting down New Zealand websites protesting the offensive.

The Press

Revists the leaky homes issue is revisted with a couple who lost a legal case saying they will probably have to tear down their house.

The father of a Cromwell woman found near Haast after being missing for 10 days says she's a hero for surviving - she spent the last few days by drinking water from a puddle.

There is more on on a back-down by the rental car company over charging the couple whose sons died at Fox Glacier.

The Otago Daily Times

Also features the missing Cromwell woman and the rental car company back-down.

The construction industry is feeling the pinch this summer, with a downturn in the number of applications for building consents.