10 May 2010

Morning Report: local papers

6:47 am on 10 May 2010

Monday's headlines: Veteran MP Jim Anderton standing for Christchurch Mayoralty; proposed lignite mine near St Bathans tipped to to meet NZ's daily diesel requirement; racehorse sold for $3.25 million.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports a King's College boarder, aged 16, died in his sleep at the weekend after drinking at a friend's birthday party - the second tragedy to hit the school in four months.

The Year 12 student was on leave from St John's House on Saturday night when he was found. He could not be roused. A post mortem is to be held.

Uncertainty over the Budget on 20 May with its potential for tax increases for landlords is being blamed for a sluggish property market.

Neighbours say Hanover Finance director Mark Hotchin's $30 million mansion - where construction is now stalled - has wiped considerable amounts off their own property values and wrecked their views of Waitemata Harbour.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with two men in line for financial compensation after spending more than nine months in prison for an arson they did not commit.

It was a big payday for a group of Wellington-based friends who bought racehorse Tavistock for $85,000 and have now sold it to Sir Patrick Hogan for $3.25 million.

And there's a picture of Krishma Chouhan of Lower Hutt, who gave birth to identical twins on Mother's Day.

The Press

The Press reports increases in some painkiller prescriptions are fuelling the habits of drug abusers and getting some patients addicted.

Veteran MP Jim Anderton came out swinging at the launch of his campaign for the Christchurch Mayoralty, against incumbent Bob Parker's "destructive direction".

And there's a photo of taxi driver Daniel Chung who buys food for the homeless in Christchurch.


The Otago Daily Times says the Government has signalled it will push ahead with mining on conservation land, even if it backs down on plans to mine some of the most protected areas.

The company behind a proposed lignite mine near St Bathans says it could potentially yield enough fuel to meet New Zealand's daily diesel requirement, as well as creating 2700 jobs.