10 Mar 2009

Morning Report: local papers

6:14 am on 10 March 2009

Tuesday's papers: Government "allowance" tipped for struggling businesses; parents are baulking at extra school costs; anti-stadium group drops appeals against district plan in Dunedin.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports an Auckland doctor is accused of falsifying patient records by more than $1.3 million.

Ministry of Health prosecutors say Hongsheng Kong carried out a "systematic and skilful" scam in which he files were manipulated at his Panmure practice.

Prison inmates could soon find themselves forced to share a room, as the Corrections Department talks with officers about putting two beds into every standard prison cell.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports people at struggling businesses are tipped to receive a Government "allowance" to soften the blow of losing a day's pay under plans for a nine-day fortnight.

The Government will announce the details of its flagship jobs summit policy within days, and Prime Minister John Key has confirmed that while job subsidies are off the table, an allowance is possible.

Former trade union boss Ross Wilson has been dumped as ACC chairman, but Corrections chief executive Barry Matthews has survived.

The Press

The Press says parents are baulking at extra school costs.

One school in Christchurch has shifted voluntary donations on to the account it sends home to parents, while another has set up a scheme to stem a flow of debt being run up by parents.

In the Bain trial: the paper's court reporter says David Bain's defence team has attempted to throw doubt on the Crown's ability to show the original location of potentially incriminating items in the family's shambolic Dunedin household.


The Otago Daily Times reports Stop the Stadium has dropped its Environment Court appeals against the district plan and roading changes necessary for the stadium project, just before preliminary hearings were to begin.

And the paper says technical difficulties hit the Bain retrial in Christchurch twice on Monday.