26 Aug 2009

Morning Report; local papers

6:38 am on 26 August 2009

Wednesday's papers: record profit of $189 million by Lotteries Commission; power companies chasing "millions of dollars" of debt from customers; pupil shot in the neck by boy with BB gun at school.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports community groups will benefit from the Lotteries Commission's record profit of $189 million.

The paper says the new Auckland Super-City Council will have Maori seats only if ratepayers force a referendum approving them or a future council is sympathetic enough to create them of its own accord.

Prime Minister John Key has rejected a last-ditch Maori Party bid to get the seats by making them a conscience vote issue, which would have allowed some National MPs to support them.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says power companies are chasing "millions of dollars" of debt as customers struggle to meet the rising cost of electricity.

One residential customer is said to owe more than $13,000, while Work and Income is handing out more benefit advances and emergency grants to help low-income customers pay.

The Press

The Press reports a $250 million plan for Canterbury's second-biggest ski-field, Porters, could see Christchurch rivalling Queenstown for the international ski-tourist dollar.

A new report has told teachers not to be afraid of outdoor education, but to maintain a "sense of confidence" despite last year's tragedy in the Mangatepopo Gorge.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says the father of English tourist Emily Jordan, who drowned on a river trip in Queenstown last year, wants his concerns about unregulated adventure tourism activities to be heard at the highest levels and is writing to the Minister of Tourism, Prime Minister John Key.

Black Sheep Adventures was sentenced in the Queenstown District Court on Tuesday on two charges of not ensuring the safety of Ms Jordan or other customers

A Dunedin school pupil, aged 10, has been referred to police youth aid after he took a BB gun to school and accidently shot another pupil in the neck.