10 Jun 2010

Morning Report: local papers

6:43 am on 10 June 2010

Thursday's headlines: Details of credit card spending by former Labour ministers to be issued; "P" syndicate in Canterbury believed broken; Otago University vice-chancellor to stand aside next year.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports police are investigating complaints that Google illegally gathered personal email and wireless internet data during its Street View operation in New Zealand

MP Shane Jones is expected to be one of the more embarrassed former Labour Cabinet ministers when details of credit-card spending going back six years are issued on Thursday.

The Herald understands Mr Jones repaid about $6000 before leaving office, for spending deemed outside the rules.

And the World Cup dream of All Whites vice-captain Tim Brown lives on.

The midfielder has made a remarkable recovery from a broken shoulder and is en route to South Africa to join the rest of the New Zealand squad.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post has more on the expenses of former Labour ministers.

The paper says the ministers used taxpayer-funded credit card bills for a massage, new clothes, wine, pay-per-view movies, a $600 set of golf clubs and chartering a private plane during their time in office.

An ambulance worker fired over comments she made on Facebook is taking her former employer to court in one of the first New Zealand cases involving social media.

The Press

The Press reports a protester jumped on the roof of Prime Minister John Key's car in central Christchurch on Wednesday night, as a demonstration aimed largely at Canterbury water issues briefly boiled over

Police believe they have broken a multi-million dollar "P" syndicate in Canterbury after pre-dawn raids in Christchurch, Ashburton and Clarkville, near Kaiapoi.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says the heat will stay on organised crime in Otago and Southland, with a new district-wide police focus targeting those making money and buying assets from illegal means.

The University of Otago is about to begin searching for a new leader after a surprise announcement by vice-chancellor Sir David Skegg that he will stand aside next year.