17 Dec 2009

Morning Report: local papers

6:45 am on 17 December 2009

Thursday's headlines: Value of shares in Allied Farmers awaited after Hanover merger vote; $470,000 rescue package for Christchurch arts festival; Octagon Books in Dunedin judged one of 10 best second-hand bookshops in the world.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says the Marie Jamieson homicide is the first time in New Zealand that a long-standing murder case has been solved by identifying a suspect through the DNA of a sibling.

Joseph Martin Reekers has pleaded guilty to murdering her in 2001.

New Allied Farmers shareholders hope to learn the value of their vote on Thursday when a trading halt on the company is lifted. Hanover investors on Wednesday voted by a narrow margin in favour of a deal with Allied Farmers.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports crticism by a coroner of the Labour Department's investigation into the death of a Napier port worker crushed when a forklift toppled on him.

The makers of the Kingdom Come stalled movie have three months to find $100 million or face going bust. An application has been made to liquidate film production company South Vineyard, which owes almost $5 million.

World champions South Africa are favourites to be based in Wellington for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The Press

In The Press, the Auditor General says serious failures in rest-home care have not been picked up because of poor monitoring by the Ministry of Health.

A $470,000 rescue package appears to have saved the Christchurch arts festival.

And a "million-dollar miracle baby" has been brought home to Christchurch for Christmas.

Drew Lilley weighed 760 grams when she was born 16 weeks premature while her mother was on holiday in Australia. But after more than three months in intensive care, she and her mum have come home on a CareFlight jet.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times reports a man involved in a 600km crime spree has been sentenced to prison for nine years and 11 months.

Dunedin second-hand bookshop Octagon Books has been judged one of the 10 best in the world.

Uproar is reported over the choice of Australian coach Phil Mooney to Otago's top rugby job, ahead of provincial stalwart David Latta.