30 Apr 2010

Morning Report: local papers

6:37 am on 30 April 2010

Friday's headlines: flooding expected in Queenstown; ruling against police in Kahui investigation by IPCA.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports the Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that police investigating the murder of the Kahui twins showed errors of judgement, and did not record evidence to the standard expected in such a high-profile case. The authority says Chris Kahui's lawyers were put under unreasonable pressure because they were not properly informed about a witness statement that may have implicated the boys' mother.

Bank robbers forced terrified customers to the ground in Auckland on Thursday.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says the Oriental Bay apartment where Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast lives, could be part of a leaky building. Ms Prendergast is spearheading negotiations over who should bear the financial burden of the crisis.

An episode of America's Top Model that was filmed in New Zealand has screened in the United States. It's being described as a key part of New Zealand's drive to attract more tourists from the US.

The Press

The Press reports Queenstown is expecting the worst flooding it has experienced since 1999, with businesses in the CBD warned to prepare for a worst-case scenario.

Party buses are dropping drunk and violent customers in central Christchurch in such large numbers the police can't cope with them.

Opshop is to perform a series of free gigs as part of New Zealand Music Month which begins on Saturday.


The Otago Daily Times also leads on preparation for the flood - it says as many as 35 Queenstown businesses could be affected and houses close to Lake Wakatipu were being emptied out.

Flood prevention measures along the Queenstown waterfront include temporary scaffolding, sandbags and tarpaulins, while the Kawarau Jet company has barricaded its wharfside kiosk with steel doors.