21 Apr 2009

Morning Report: local papers

6:40 am on 21 April 2009

Tuesday's papers: lost diamond bracelet returned to owner; hundreds of jobs tipped to go at Inland Revenue Dept; Lotto winner plans to retire.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the argument over a push to burn plastic shopping bags to generate power. The Packaging Council says it would help solve a rubbish problem but others say it would release nasty toxins.

There's coverage of the trial of a prostitute accused of stabbing her estranged lover to death.

Christina Mackenzie is celebrating the return of a 52-diamond bracelet which she dropped in Cornwall Park. The family heirloom was found and handed in, rewarding her faith in basic New Zealand honesty.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says the axe is poised to fall on hundreds of jobs at Inland Revenue. IRD says it's reviewing its business operations and the Government won't say if jobs will go.

There are details of the criminal record of Andrew Popo, a Mongrel Mob member who ran over and killed a policeman in Titahi Bay last year. Popo, who will be sentenced next month, escaped a 2001 gangland killing charge after a witness refused to testify against him.

A Palmerston North motel says it won't take any more guests from Wainuiomata after trouble caused by a visiting sports teams.

The Press

The Press reports a man who was attacked by a group of teenagers, says he feared for his life as blows like "steel rain" struck his head.

The Government is defending its job-saving programmes after Summit Wool Spinners in Oamaru joined the nine-day fortnight scheme, saving 57 jobs.

Christchurch Lotto winner James Green, 36, says he plans to retire now he's won $500,000 - his win came after being made redundant.


Under the headline "Yes" and a big tick, The Otago Daily Times says Dunedin City Council has voted to proceed with a new stadium. The decision came amid court action to block the project.

Tuapeka Mouth residents will have to punt across the Tuapeka River for weeks yet. That's because a bridge into their settlement needs more extensive repairs than first realised.