17 May 2010

Morning Report: local papers

7:05 am on 17 May 2010

Monday's headlines: "generous" pre-Budget announcement expected on leaky homes; another hunter shot; sports graphics company and Natural History NZ to work together on future projects.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a man dying from a gunshot wound to the head during a turkey hunt on farmland south of Paengaroa in the Bay of Plenty. It's the third time a hunter has been shot this year.

The brother and sister of Johnny Sleigh who's missing in London, fly to Britain to help search for him.

And the Government is set to announce what is said to be a more generous package to help those caught in the leaky homes crisis. The pre-Budget announcement is expected to involve an improvement on the 10% contribution initially being offered by the Government.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post the man accused of attacking a Spring Hill prison officer is a gang member who was in segregation at the time. The paper says the officer died after being punched and hitting his head on the floor.

A New Zealand war hero serving in the British army has returned home to Tawa for a three week holiday. James McKie saved his comrades in Afghanistan by picking up a grenade and throwing it off a rooftop before it exploded.

He says he found the size of the needle used to give him a shot of antibiotics to take care of his shrapnel wounds more of a worry than the grenade.

To Christchurch and

The Press

The Press carries a description by a Tapawera family of standing on their log burner as floodwaters rushed through their home near Motueka. Twenty two homes had been evacuated by Sunday night and residents were being urged to conserve water.

The paper also carries the story of the attack on the Spring Hill prison officer.

Inside, the Press looks ahead to the Crusader's Super 14 rugby semi-final against the Bulls to be played in Soweto.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times leads with plans by sports graphics company, Animation Research and Natural History New Zealand to work together on future projects.

A major part of Dunedin's new covered stadium has been lifted into place, a piece of steel equivalent in weight to three and a half Boeing 787's.