4 Aug 2009

Morning Report: local papers

6:32 am on 4 August 2009

Tuesday's papers: review of ministerial housing allowances ordered by PM; US snowboarders charged in Wanaka with possessing cannabis; one-day international cricket could return to the Basin Reserve next year.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports Government ministers collecting rent from their private Wellington properties may be required to offset the cost of their official residences funded by the taxpayer.

A new-home warranty system has been announced as part of a shake-up of the construction sector to tackle the leaky home issue.

A man whose neighbour was savaged by a pack of dogs says he does not know why the animals gave up their attack, but is very glad they did.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports New Zealand troops helped Afghan police arrest a Taliban leader responsible for roadside bombings and a recent attack on a police station. The paper says the troops were not directly involved in the arrest, but helped set up a road cordon which helped catch him.

One-day international cricket could return to the Basin Reserve next year, because the Westpac Stadium is hosting a rugby match on the day scheduled for the Black Caps game against Australia.

The Press

The Press says the Prime Minister has ordered a review of ministerial housing allowances after disclosures that three Ministers are claiming accomodation expenses despite already owning homes in Wellington.

Christchurch City Council has spent $18 million on buying Meta Holdings, a company that runs recycling plant and waste depots, which was close to calling in the receivers.

A search dog is pictured digging The Press photographer out of the snow. An avalanche search coordinator says it's been a busy season for them.


The Otago Daily Times reports a new kerbside rubbish collection plan has won initial support from Dunedin City Council members. The main change is the introduction of a single wheelie bin.

Two high profile snowboarders from the United States, one understood to be a Winter Olympics silver medallist, have been charged in Wanaka with possessing cannabis.

Coronet Peak ski patroller Pete Valentine has told the paper of a desperate search for the man trapped in a fatal avalanche on Sunday.