25 Jan 2010

Morning Report: local papers

6:44 am on 25 January 2010

Monday's headlines: 50 whales saved on Banks Peninsula; child in hospital after attack by two dogs; eight tonne anchor lifted ashore in Wellington.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says two district health boards may offer patients the chance to pay for care not offered under the public system. The paper says this has alarmed healthcare staff, but Health Minister Tony Ryall says it's worth consideration.

The Herald also reporting a child, aged five years, is in hospital after being attacked by two dogs. Her mother was also hurt when she threw herself on the little girl to protect her.

A weekend jousting tournament in Taupo is pictured.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post has a large photo of an eight tonne anchor being pulled out of the water on the Wellington waterfront. The 4.6 metre anchor was given an aluminium surround to prevent further corrosion - in the hopes it might later be used as a memorial.

The paper also has a story on Wellington parking wardens - quoting a whistleblower as saying they are being offered incentives like iPods and holidays to make their ticketing quotas. The city council says there are no quotas, only guidelines.

The Press

The Press devotes its front page to the Banks Peninsula settlement of Port Levy, which managed to save a pod of whales from stranding. The headline reads '50 whales saved, 15 die as port rescue pays off'. The story is accompanied by four photos of the rescue effort.


The Otago Daily Times has a series of photos of the Topp Twins entertaining crowds at the Otago-Taieri A & P show over the weekend. The paper also reports on proposed funding cuts at the Otago Museum, saying staff believe core services will suffer if they go ahead.

And the ODT says three Otago University professors have joined an attack on the work of an Auckland University historian. They were commenting on a 2009 book criticising the findings of the Cartwright inquiry into cervical cancer treatment at Auckland women's hospital.