15 Dec 2009

Morning Report: local papers

6:53 am on 15 December 2009

Tuesday's papers: Tino Rangatiratanga flag seen as political symbol of the Maori Party; late night texting by North Shore Mayor extends to complaints about restaurants in Christchurch; irrigation scheme on lower Waitaki River moves a step closer.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with disagreement among Maori leaders over whether the Tino Rangatiratanga flag will ever fly officially at Waitangi. One leader from Waitangi's Te Tii Marae says the flag is a political symbol of the Maori Party and not wanted.

There's an update from the paper's Copenhagen reporter.

New research in Australia of emergency hospital admissions has found people are most likely to be violent when the moon is full.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post is all about movies and motorways; Transmission Gully is expected to get the nod from the Government as part of a $2 billion upgrade of State Highway One.

Coverage of the Lovely Bones film premiere at the Embassy Theatre includes pictures of director Peter Jackson and his teenage daughter Katie, and actor Susan Sarandon in bare feet.

The Press

The Press leads with Telecom planning to compensate at least 100,000 customers after a technical fault in Christchurch cut its XT mobile network. The police officer who shot Stephen Bellingham two years ago has told a coroner's inquest he had no choice.

Late night texting by North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams has extended to Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker in complaints about restaurants.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times which has coverage of a heated public meeting in Twizel about plans for intensive dairy farming using cow cubicles. Some opposed the plans but others told the meeting not to be too hasty.

A search by Dunedin City Council for a chief executive to run Forsyth Barr Stadium cost $66,000.

And a $200 million irrigation scheme on the lower Waitaki River has moved a step closer.