24 Feb 2009

Morning Report: local papers

6:32 am on 24 February 2009

Pictures from the Oscars feature on the front pages of most papers on Tuesday; GPs will be next to admit their mistakes; six sports given $48 million for the 2010 London Olympics.

NZ Herald

'From Slumdogs to Top Dogs" says The New Zealand Herald above a photo of children in tuxedoes at the Oscars. They starred in Slumdog Millionaire which won eight Academy Awards.

The Government has held back from a proposed clampdown on Internet pirates. Prime Minister John Key says it might be unworkable and is giving the industry a month to come up with a voluntary code to protect copyright.

Senior staff at the Auckland Regional Council were warned early on about the financial risks in a football match starring David Beckham that turned into a $1.8 million loser.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post pictures Kate Winslet clutching her Oscar for best actress.

GPs will be next to admit their mistakes following the release of a report into errors at public hospitals. A committee that scrutinises district health boards wants to look next at family doctors.

City councillor Andy Foster looks set to drop an appeal against an indoor sports stadium in Wellington after striking a deal with the mayor.

The Press

The Press says sports officials are to give $48 million to the six sports with the best chance of winning medals at the 2010 London Olympics. The sports have two years to prove themselves.

Kate Winslet and best actor winner Sean Penn are pictured with their Oscars.

Police are praising a quick thinking Cashmere woman who blocked two burglars with her car and then used her cellphone to take a photo of one of them.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times leads with the report on mistakes in public hospitals, saying the Otago District Health Board reported seven serious errors. Its chief medical officer says that's low given the area's population.

A local farmer is pictured in a 4WD rescuing tourists and their campervan from Trotters Gorge after heavy rain swelled a creek.