26 May 2010

Morning Report: local papers

6:50 am on 26 May 2010

Wednesday's headlines: Power companies blame the Emissions Trading Scheme for price rises; man charged with murder of Whanganui woman; three strikes law passed by Parliament.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports a man has been formally charged after fighting his partner for the car keys before heading out on a night of drinking and driving. The session ended in the road death of a solo mother near Kerikeri.

Two big power companies blame the Emissions Trading Scheme for price rises which will add an average $5 per month to electricity bills.

A man has been charged with murdering Whanganui woman Marice McGregor. Police say a man, 42, will appear in the District Court on Wednesday.

Dominion Post

In the Dominion Post reports the worst murderers can now be locked up for life with no parole under the three strikes law even if they have no previous convictions.

The Sentencing and Parole Reform Act was passed by Parliament on Tuesday night.

National's grassroots supporters are joining a chorus of opposition as price rises caused by the Emissions Trading Scheme begin to kick in.

Fonterra will inject an extra $2 billion into the economy this year if it achieves its prediction of a record payout to farmers.

The Press

The Press says heavy rain in the South Island should slowly ease on Wednesday, but a very cold snap and snow are said to be on the way.

Signs required for a planned anti-cruising bylaw in parts of Christchurch could cost about $350,000.

Christchurch City Council will write to Transport Minister Steven Joyce criticising the need to install about 1000 signs, as required under legislation.

Government plans for mining seven thousand hectares of conservation land may be scaled back by half after 35,000 submissions on the proposal.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says coastal and North Otago residents have been warned to brace themselves for more flooding.

A further 200mm of rain was expected overnight in the Kakanui-Dasher ranges catchment. MetService has been predicting up to 100mm of rain along the coast before 3pm on Wednesday.