24 May 2010

Morning Report: local papers

6:55 am on 24 May 2010

Monday's headlines: severe weather warning issued by MetService; traffic gridlock predicted if the Terrace and Mt Victoria tunnels in Wellington are closed for five weeks.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says Customs has revealed that six Taiwanese tourists and another man who arrived on the same flight, appeared in the Auckland District Court last week, charged with importing a class-A controlled drug.

Members of the group were reportedly carrying $6 million worth of pure methamphetamine.

Emergency and Civil Defence teams were gearing up on Sunday night for a weather beating expected to arrive within hours.

A severe weather warning - heavy rain and strong gales - has been issued by MetService, with storms across many parts of New Zealand.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports continuous gridlock is predicted if the Terrace and Mt Victoria tunnels are closed for five weeks for an $80 million project to remedy serious safety problems.

And there's a tribute to the life and times of Beverley Joan Morrison - better known as Beaver.

Beaver, 59, had a long and successful career as a jazz singer and was a member of Blerta. She died at Mercy Hospice in Auckland on Sunday after a six-year battle with cancer.

The Press

The Press reports Canterbury authorities are bracing for flooding as the biggest storm in nearly two years moves south.

The family of a four-year-old boy killed after being hit by a car on Friday say they are not angry with the teenage driver.

In a statement, Duncan and Emma Woods said they did not have any anger towards the motorist involved in Friday night's accident, describing it as tragic.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times reports waiting times for semi-urgent cardiac specialist services in Otago are said to be at least double what they ought to be. GPs have been issued guidelines to keep less serious complaints out of specialist services.

A "severe flood" warning has been issued by Otago Regional Council for all North Otago catchments until Wednesday.