5 Mar 2010

Morning Report: local papers

6:59 am on 5 March 2010

Friday's headlines: 21 jobs axed at Canterbury University and more redundancies are expected; audiences complain about being squashed like sardines at an International Arts Festival venue; NZ sauvignon blanc now has 30% of the Australian wine market.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports the widow of murdered liquor store owner Navtej Singh believes police delays hindered her husband's chances of survival and is demanding answers over their actions.

New Zealand sauvignon blanc now has 30% of the Australian wine market - the paper calls it a "savalanche" and names Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as among its fans.

In a new book, former Telecom chief executive Theresa Gattung is critical of high salaries at her old company. She asks why a company that makes half the profit it did a few years ago, is paying its executives considerably higher salaries.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with the ACT Party shutting down outspoken MP David Garratt after he suggested a financial incentive for bad parents to be sterilised.

Ms Gattung says her successor at Telecom, Paul Reynolds, faces less scrutiny because he is a man.

Audiences have complained about being squashed in like sardines at an International Arts Festival venue.

The Press

The Press leads with University of Canterbury accounting lecturer Alan Robb claiming the accounts for the Arts Centre Trust Board give a false impression of its financial position.

The university has axed 21 jobs and more redundancies are expected.

A Canterbury businessman who attacked an steward on an Air New Zealand flight had to be handcuffed to his seat for more than seven hours.


The Otago Daily Times leads with another possible sighting of Madeleine McCann in Otago. A couple claim they saw her in Dunedin and Milton last August. However an earlier sighting in Dunedin in 2007 has now been confirmed as another child.

Otago District Health Board chairman Errol Millar is denying board members are "a collection of heartless bastards". He says the board has to stop over-spending and cuts in elderly care will be carried out compassionately and sensibly.

A hunt for culprits in a spate of arsons in Kaitangata has been stepped up.