15 Jul 2009

Wednesday morning papers

8:42 am on 15 July 2009

Two month fight to get $3,600 power bill refund; more coverage of the trial of Clayton Weatherston; chief executive of Te Papa missing in Tarauras.

NZ Herald

The paper features sportswear maker Canterbury of New Zealand and its search for new owners. The decision by its Bahrain owners to sell the business has left a number of international rugby sides, who source their uniforms from the company, in the lurch. The New Zealand Herald has more coverage of the trial of Clayton Weatherston, including his statement to a psychiatrist that Sophie Elliott, whom he is accused of murdering, was responsible for her own death. One of those missing in the Tararua Ranges is revealed to be the chief executive of Te Papa.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with a deal between the Australian and New Zealand governments which could be signed as early as tomorrow to get worker's superannuation payments repatriated. It's estimated as much as $16 billion could be tied up in Australian bank accounts. The paper reports on a woman who spent two months trying to get her money back from Genesis after the company overcharged her to the tune of $3,600. Inside the paper, Dan Carter is called in to give advice to the All Black's first five eighths, ahead of this weekend's test with Australia.

The Press

The paper features the Clayton Weatherston trial and his belief that Sophie Elliott's views about him were based on fantasy. The Press also deals with his testy exchanges with the crown lawyer, Robin Bates who Mr Weatherston accused of lying. There's a photo of Christchurch at sunrise on Tuesday with an unusual scene created by a combination of light and pollution. The paper has more on Denise Clarke's attempts to get her husband's body returned to Christchurch after her in-laws took him back to his marae in the Bay of Plenty.

Otago Daily Times

The ODT also leads with the trial of Clayton Weatherston. The paper carries a photo of Peter Keen's entry in the Oamaru Poultry, Pigeon and Canary jubilee show - a bantam road runner. And police are appealing for information on a bank robbery in North Dunedin on Tuesday.