20 Apr 2009

Morning Report: local papers

6:37 am on 20 April 2009

Monday's papers: Fonterra to treble dairy exports to China to 160,000 tonnes; SAS could be back in Afghanistan within months; Cabinet expected to discuss a final proposal on a "national cycleway".

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports Fonterra is set to treble dairy exports to China to 160,000 tonnes. Last year, a joint venture company part owned by Fonterra was embroiled in a contaminated milk scandal.

Groups are lobbying Foodtown, Countdown and Woolworths supermarkets in the Progressive group to introduce a charge for plastic bags.

A fatal car crash near Whangarei is pictured. One man died, but another whose family survived says they were very lucky to get only bumps and bruises.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says the Government is looking at interest free loans for first home buyers as a job creation measure.

New Zealand SAS forces could be back in Afghanistan within months following an official request by the United States.

A Taupo tourism company has won resource consent to build a pendulum swing above the Waikato River.

The Press

The Press leads with an assessment by the Education Review Office that half of under-two-year-olds in early childhood care are in centres that fall short of standards. Deficiences include how sleeping children are monitored and hazard management systems.

A crackdown on dangerous driving south of Kaikoura has netted a boy, 13, who could barely see over the steering wheel.

An Auckland entrant has won the title of Miss Teen Christchurch, with the show's organiser blaming the city's apathy towards beauty pageants for the result.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says the Cabinet is expected on Monday to discuss a final proposal from officials on a "national cycleway". The proposal is for existing cycleways and new ones to be linked over time into a wide network.

Dunedin city councillors will meet on Monday to discuss the next move in the stadium dispute after a protest group applied for a court injunction on Friday.