18 Sep 2009

Morning Report: local papers

3:34 pm on 18 September 2009

Friday's papers: The leaky building syndrome is in 73 schools across the country - twice as many as previously announced; jetlag blamed for fatal crash; Undie 500 rally will not return to Dunedin.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports the leaky building syndrome has hit 73 schools across the country - twice as many as announced last year.

Jetlag is blamed for a crash that killed three people on the way home from a hospital visit. An English visitor is ''inconsolable'' after apparently falling asleep at the wheel of a car that crashed in Christchurch, killing his wife, cousin and a three-year-old granddaughter.

And there's a picture of the world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen, 27, whose dream is to get married and have children.

The Dominion Post

The Dominion Post has a rugby wrap around for the Test match against the Wallabies on Saturday night.

"Red-letter day for Wanganui" tops the front page. The paper says the Government may seek a compromise over the city's name change because it threatens to spark a race relations backlash.

Pictures of smashed cars involved in an illegal street race highlight how fortunate the occupants were to survive.

The Press

The Press reports police say fatigue was probably the cause of a crash that killed three tourists. Medics worked to save them, but one woman died on the way to hospital. The other woman and a child died later in Christchurch Hospital.

A construction company faces fines of up to $700,000 for breaching safety regulations while working on an $87 million ocean outfall project.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times reports city and university leaders in Dunedin and Christchurch are elated by an announcement that the Undie 500 rally will not return to Dunedin, describing it as inevitable after last weekend's disorder.

Palmerston Primary School pupils are pictured joyously charging across the lawn at Larnach Castle.