15 May 2009

Morning Report: local papers

6:56 am on 15 May 2009

Friday's papers: Burgled students find $800 "conscience money" under their door; Government to spend $50 million on national cycleway; Waterloo Wharf in Wellington to close for safety reasons.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says the children of Sir Edmund Hillary are going to court to keep control of their father's writings, diaries and family photographs, bequeathed to Auckland Museum in his will.

An immigration officer formed the impression that National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi or one of his supporters may have paid off the Indian woman at the centre of allegations that he made bogus job offers. But the Immigration Service concluded there was no evidence to support the allegation.

And councils in Auckland will have to ask permission to sign new contracts, even for everyday items like toilet rolls, under the super-city legislation being debated at Parliament.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with the closure of Waterloo Wharf on Wellington's waterfront because of serious safety concerns. The closure means the city's maritime police and dive squad must urgently find a new base.

A couple who sought donations to set up a sanctuary for more than 30 Kaimanawa horses have sent their herd to be slaughtered. But the paper says they are continuing to solicit donations for their plan.

The Press

The Press says the Government will spend $50 million on a national cycleway as part of a plan to take tourism upmarket, ditching the emphasis on backpackers and package deal tourists.

"Call me Barack", the President of the United States told John Key in their 15 minute conversation on Thursday. Mr Key says he now hopes for a one-on-one meeting at the White House.


The Otago Daily Times says the weekend plans of hundreds of people have been disrupted because of wet weather and the forecast of more to come.

Advocates of more cycleways in Otago are already preparing proposals to get some of the $47 million cycleway fund for their region.

Four students whose flat was burgled at the weekend found $800 pushed under their door on Thursday. They believe it is conscience money from the burglars. Police in Dunedin say they've never heard of anything like it.