12 Feb 2010

Morning Report: local papers

7:09 am on 12 February 2010

Friday's headlines: 2011 Rugby World Cup party plans outlined; homicide investigation begins after body found at Godley Head; kaka under threat from people upset the birds have been eating their plums.

NZ Herald

Four options for turning Queen's Wharf into "party central" for the 2011 Rugby World Cup are shown in The New Zealand Herald. As well as a $97 million plan that includes a cruise ship terminal, there are three options ranging from $23.9 million - $31.3 million.

The Herald says the Serious Fraud Office is investigating an Auckland couple after the disappearance of about $12 million of investors' money. And there's a report on the discovery of a body in Christchurch.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports on Wellington's plans for the World Cup. The capital is also counting on the waterfront to be its "party centre", but it will be spending only about $150,000.

There will also be a so-called "fan zone" in the central city, with the paper showing a mock-up photo of a jam-packed Courtenay Place.

After being saved from the brink of extinction in Wellington, kaka are now under threat from people upset the birds have been eating their plums.

The Press

The front page of The Press is mainly devoted to the discovery of a body down a bank at Godley Head. A homicide investigation has begun and although the body has not been named, it is thought to be that of the missing woman, Vanessa Pickering.

Christchurch City Council wants to be the first to set up a charging point network for electric cars with the aim of having it up and running by 2012. It's working with Nissan on a plan the council says will transform transport in the city.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says former Otago District Health Board chief information officer Michael Swann will serve no extra time in prison for accepting more than $755,000 in kick backs. He is already serving 9.5 years in prison for defrauding the DHB of more than $17 million.

There's a report on the cricket win by New Zealand over Bangladesh in Dunedin on Thursday night.

And the Government is set to reject recommendations by the Law Commission for changes to cannabis laws.