9 Jul 2009

Morning Report: local papers

9:44 am on 9 July 2009

Thursday's papers: Printing company asks employees to take a 5% pay cut; Auckland Starlight Symphony loses major sponsor; Privy Council dismisses case brought by convicted double-killer John Barlow.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports the Auckland Starlight Symphony is at risk after its major sponsor Sky City withdrew its funding. The concert has only six weeks to find a new major sponsor.

In the Clayton Weatherston trial: lawyer Greg King has told the jury that it was victim Sophie Elliott who lunged at Mr Weatherston with scissors, after he suggested she may have passed on a sexually transmitted disease.

Men may soon be dispensable - officially. Researchers in Britain say they are on track to create sperm using stem cells from an embryo.

The Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says convicted double-killer John Barlow has lost his last chance appeal to clear his name. The Privy Council dismissed his case, despite questioning the firearms evidence used to convict him.

Wellington City Council memberr Rob Goulden has received a warning over a late-night visit to council offices seeking details of a threatening phone call to Mayor Kerry Prendergast.

Two very cute pygmy marmosets are pictured. The new arrivals at Wellington Zoo are among the smallest monkeys in the world, weighing about the same as an apple.

The Press

The Press reports two house fires claimed the lives of a mother and her six-year-old daughter, and saw the lucky escape of a man.

The deaths of two South Island men have lifted New Zealand's death toll from swine flu to five.

Police were able to track down a man who was talking in an internet chatroom of killing himself after a tip-off from an internet user in the United States.


The Otago Daily Times'' leads on the Weatherston trial, saying he has yet to describe the events that led to Ms Elliott's death.

Printing company Wickliffe has asked its 290 employees to take a 5% pay cut.

Dunedin City Council member Michael Guest has had to apologise after breaking council rules by revealing the existence of a commercially sensitive letter.