2 Sep 2009

Morning Report: local papers

7:19 am on 2 September 2009

Wednesday's papers: Car boot lawyers are racking up legal aid bills; steep discounts on drinks in Queenstown; discount vouchers for cut-price, healthy food urged for the poor and chronically ill.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads on a review of legal aid with the headline "'Car boot' lawyers cashing in on legal aid.' Poor-quality defence lawyers working from their car boot are racking up legal aid bills on the taxpayer and plaguing courts in Auckland with "inefficiency and poor service."

An Australian study says drinking milk with added calcium and vitaimins is unlikely to make any difference to health.

A French climber who scaled the 88-story Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia is pictured. He's climbed more than 70 skyscrapers, but is now being investigated for criminal trespass.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says 'red flags' were raised ahead of the murder of two Porirua women by Joseph Ogle. Police say he attempted to strangle his former partner nine days before he killed her and her friend, but she did not tell police about the earlier assault.

The paper has another story about police on its front page, about the reopening of the new police museum.

And flashing women are to replace men on traffic lights in Wellington.

The Press

The Press leads with a review of the legal aid system.

Young sports stars are pictured celebrating the Ranfurly Shield win with Canterbury player and All Black captain Richie McCaw.

And the paper reports on an Otago University study that suggests discount vouchers for cut-price, healthy food for the poor and chronically ill.


The Otago Daily Times reports that liquor price wars in Queenstown are 'out of control'. Compulsory 4am closing has forced some owners to aggressively push for earlier customers with steep discounts on drink.

An Otago University students is attempting a forensic first- she's developing a blood-spatter model to help solve shooting crimes worldwide.