13 May 2009

Morning Report: local papers

7:47 am on 13 May 2009

Wednesday's papers: post-Aramoana review of firearm ownership still not acted on; financial advisers found to have breached code of ethics; another wave of redundancies in the public service.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports residents of Mt Albert and Waterview in Auckland are preparing for battle to save hundreds of houses and hectares of green space from road-building bulldozers.

An alternative route for a 4km link route in the area is to be announced on Wednesday. It will probably require the demolition of at least 300 houses.

A court hearing has revealed details of the kidnapping of Cina Ma, aged five years, in Auckland last year. Real estate agent Deqiong Deng has been sentenced to nine years in prison for the crime.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports the author of a major gun law review is frustrated his recommendations, which may have prevented Jan Molenaar's deadly shooting spree, are gathering dust 12 years after being written.

Sir Thomas Thorp was appointed by the National Government in 1996 to review firearm ownership in the wake of the Aramoana massacre.

The Press

The Press says the Government is distancing itself from another wave of redundancies in the public service, blaming Labour for up to 200 job losses at the Ministry of Social Development.

New Families Commissioner Christine Rankin has responded to her critics less than a day after being confirmed in her new job.

As reported on Tuesday, the Government has made the former Work & Income chief one of two new Families Commissioners, alongside Parents Inc chief executive Bruce Pilbrow.


The Otago Daily Times reports prisoner numbers at the Otago Corrections Facility at Milburn could almost double within months.

The Government has confirmed it is to install more beds in prisons to house a rising inmate population.

Two financial advisers have been found guilty of breaching the ethics code after advising clients to invest in the failed finance company, Bridgecorp.

The Institute of Financial Advisers has censured Bruce Ryder of Dunedin, and Craig Lunn of Invercargill, after separate disciplinary hearings into complaints made in 2007.