28 Apr 2009

Morning Report: local papers

6:48 am on 28 April 2009

Morning papers are again dominated by the swine flu virus. There has also been a fatal house fire in Arrowtown and a contract has been signed for a new stadium in Dunedin.

The New Zealand Herald reports a teenager's determination to play soccer despite being unwell has left a web of contacts waiting to find out whether they have been exposed to the swine flu virus. The North Shore soccer enthusiast had returned from a Rangitoto College trip to Mexico.

The Dominion Post reports hundreds of air travellers will be offered Tamiflu.

The Press reports at least 75 people across the South Island are in voluntary quarantine.

The Otago Daily Times says 14 people in Otago and Southland are in voluntary quarantine, with more expected, as health officials continue to monitor the flu virus.

Other news

The Herald quotes Local Government Minister Rodney Hide as saying water bills will go up for some Aucklanders under the Super City plan.

The Dominion Post reports a Kiwi tour leader sent a text message to her colleague in New Zealand: "We are being attacked by pirates."

The Press reports a child has been caught being used as a drug courier at Christchurch men's prison.

The ODT says a man died at the scene of a fire near Arrowtown on Monday night which destroyed a house understood to be owned by yachtsman Russell Coutts.

Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin, his deputy Syd Brown and Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry have signed a contract with Hawkins Construction to begin building a stadium to replace Carisbrook.