6 Apr 2010

Morning Report: local papers

6:34 am on 6 April 2010

Tuesday's headlines: DIY warning after man electrocuted; apology to be made by Chilean government for woman's death; busy cruise-ship season ends for Dunedin.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald carries a warning against do-it-yourself repairs if people don't have the expertise, following a death in Avondale on Monday. Trent Page, 42, who was a carpenter by trade, was electrocuted when he was working with wires under his house.

The Electrical Safety Organisation says the law allows non-electricians to install wiring, but a registered electrician must connect to the mains supply.

And the paper reports that up to 5000 trucks will be able to carry heavier loads on public roads from next month.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports the Chilean government is to officially apologise to the family of a young New Zealand woman killed in a car crash with one of their diplomats in Wellington 25 years ago. The paper says the diplomat, Luis Felipe Lopez, claimed diplomatic immunity and left New Zealand within days.

A memorial service will be held at Old St Paul's on Tuesday where the Chilean embassy will make the apology for the death of Sacha Macfarlane.

And the paper reports burglars have been using online advertisements to check the insides of houses, then breaking open the boxes that hold the keys.

The Press leads with the deaths of two people at a Nelson motor camp. The paper says witnesses saw a man carrying a gun go into a caravan at the Matai Valley Motor Camp just after 11am on Monday and then heard screams and two gunshots.

The paper says the police found the bodies of a man, 53, and a woman, 50, and are not looking for anyone else.


The Otago Daily Times reports that a female climber died near the top of Mitre Peak in Milford Sound on Monday. A male companion was airlifted to safety. The Rescue Co-ordination Centre believes the woman died from a fall.

Dunedin's second busiest cruise-ship season came to an end on Monday night with the sailing of Crystal Symphony.