2 Feb 2010

Morning Report: local papers

7:17 am on 2 February 2010

Tuesday's headlines: Auckland reportedly not ready to cope with 2011 Rugby World Cup visitor numbers; Dunedin City Council trying to contain this year's rate increase; police to strictly enforce speed limits around schools as children return.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with Prime Minister John Key trying to shut down concerns about national standards. Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples on Monday reversed his previous support for the idea. Mr Key says decisions on how the data will be reported are too far away to worry about now.

A programme for youth offenders in Hamilton that has achieved zero reoffending to date, is to close because of its cost.

The Laneway Festival at Britomart on Auckland's Anniversary Day is pictured.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says Auckland is not ready to cope with the numbers of overseas visitors expected for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. According to a new report, transport planners are worried about complacency over the expected demand for services.

The Council for Civil Liberties says new restraints and anti-spitting hoods for prisoners are similar to devices used in Guantanamo Bay and could lead to an abuse of power.

Jo Freeman who organised Wellington's first authentic farmer's market, has a broken back and head injuries after a car crash.

The Press

The Press reports a warning from police that they will strictly enforce speed limits around schools as children return to school today.

Taxi drivers in Christchurch say they don't want protective screens in their cars despite the killing of a cabbie in Auckland.

An Invercargill girl, aged 14, had to hit a shark on the head with her bodyboard to force it to release her from its grasp at Oreti Beach on Monday.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times leads with Dunedin City Council rejigging Dunedin centre and town hall projects worth $45 million as it tries to contain the size of this year's rate increase.

Telecom chief executive Paul Reynolds will announce a compensation deal for customers affected by XT phone faults in Dunedin on Tuesday.

An albatross chick hatched at Taiaroa Head this season, is pictured.