14 Jul 2009

Tuesday's morning papers

9:58 am on 14 July 2009

Solo mother in a battle with daughter's school over $13,000 of unpaid voluntary fees; upsurge in retail spending partly due to extra spending on winter woollies; Christchurch police target 10 of the city's bars.

NZ Herald

Under the headline "We're still spending because we're cold", the New Zealand Herald leads with news of an upsurge in retail spending. Economists warn the figures are only a temporary blip tied to extra spending on winter woollies. Ten victims of swine flu are in intensive care in Auckland and Northland, most patients who already had underlying health conditions but two who were previously healthy. Former Otago University tutor Clayton Weatherston tells a jury he was scared and hyped on the day he stabbed his ex-girlfriend 200 times.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post features the story of a solo mother from Masterton in a battle with her daughter's school over $13,000 worth of unpaid voluntary fees. Karen Bock says Rathkeale College suggested she secure the fees against the future sale of her home. Residents on a stretch of road between Plimmerton and Pauatahanui want action to make the road safer after nearly 100 accidents in the past four years.

The Press

The paper's lead says police are targeting 10 of the city's bars which they say account for half of the arrests in Christchurch for drunken behavior. The Press reports on harness racing driver Jessica Young's planned return to racing on Tuesday. She escaped serious injury on Saturday when she was dragged 800 metres after falling out of her sulky. Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson is due to speak to her Australian counterpart this week about scrapping a requirement for folic acid to be included in bread.

Otago Daily Times

The ODT has the Clayton Weatherston story and his denial he deliberately targeted aspects of Sophie Elliott's beauty when he stabbed her 200 times. Otago Harbour is to be opened up for commercial cockle harvesting for the first time in 30 years. Kawarau Jet lodges an incident report with Maritime New Zealand after what it describes as a near miss on the Kawarau River, allegedly involving harbourmaster Marty Black.