20 Oct 2009

Morning Report: local papers

6:23 am on 20 October 2009

Tuesday's papers: Court told that child "coached" by parents over death of sibling; seesaw cemented into place inside council car park in Dunedin; Indian group plans to build a replica of the Taj Mahal in Auckland.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports a court has heard that a South Auckland couple accused over the death of their 11-week-old daughter were caught by police listening devices "coaching" their other child on how to answer questions about it.

Mercury Energy customers will pay much more for gas from next month.

The company has written to almost 40,000 clients to advise the increases will average 10%, or $68, per year.

And an Indian group plans to build a replica of the Taj Mahal in Auckland. The group wants to spend $20 million creating a miniature version of the mausoleum at its existing Mahatma Gandhi Centre.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports the partner of gunman Jan Molenaar has revealed how she pleaded with him to surrender just minutes before he shot himself, during a 50-hour siege in which one officer was shot dead.

The paper understands that Te Papa chief Seddon Bennington had accepted a new job in the United States shortly before he died while tramping earlier this year.

The Press

The Press says Canterbury's worst dirty secrets have been revealed. Forty two former timber mills, scrapyards, market gardens, dumps and service stations - some of them on land now zoned residential - have been confirmed as contaminated.

Trustpower says hundreds of millions of dollars might be spent transforming Lake Coleridge for hydro power and irrigation storage.


The Otago Daily Times reports Health Minister Tony Ryall has asked for an urgent report into suggestions that patients with signs of possible bowel cancer are being refused diagnostic colonoscopies at Dunedin Hospital.

Dunedin City Council staff are baffled by the appearance of a seesaw cemented into place inside a council car park.