20 Mar 2009

Morning Report; local papers

7:13 am on 20 March 2009

Friday's papers: Two ARC managers resign after $1.79 million football match fiasco; police criticised by Privacy Commissioner after a camera was left at a house during a raid; cannabis raid uncovers super-strength plants.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says Foreign Affairs officials have warned the Government that proposed sentencing policies risk damaging New Zealand's international reputation. Policies of no parole for the worst murderers and prison sentences after three convictions could breach international treaties on torture and civil rights.

The Waitemata District Health Board has changed its advice that antidepressant drugs cannot be used to commit suicide after Medsafe questioned the accuracy of the information.

Two Auckland Regional Council managers have resigned over the David Beckham football match fiasco in which the council lost $1.79 million.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says a final decision on Transmission Gully will be made by the end of the year.

Special lanes for cars carrying two people or more on the Mana Esplanade are to be opened to all cars. Since the lanes were opened three years ago, no driver has been fined for breaking the rules.

The Privacy Commissioner has criticised police after a camera containing images of a body and battered women was left at a house during a raid.

The Press

The Press reports Canterbury transport authorities welcome news that the Government will fund several major motorway projects.

A drug raid that netted up to $2.5 million worth of cannabis has uncovered super-strength plants.

Magician and anti-violence campaigner "El Grego" Britt has received a Royal Honour. Awards were presented in Christchurch on Thursday, the first time the city has hosted the ceremony in 40 years.


The Otago Daily Times leads on the mislaid camera story - Wellington district commander Pieri Munro has apologised to anyone who could be identified in the camera's images.

A planned Otago Institute of Design may not go ahead as the Government reviews a promised $12.5 million loan.

Dunedin cricketer Suzie Bates scored 168 from 105 balls in the Women's World Cup semi-final against Pakistan. New Zealand plays England in the final on Sunday.