25 Jun 2010

Morning Report: local papers

7:45 am on 25 June 2010

Friday's headlines: roading ratings; early childhood centres considering leaving the "20 hours free" scheme; boy racers plan to "pack the aves" this weekend in Christchurch.

Several of the major dailies plan bring out a special All Whites edition on Friday morning on the team's 0-0 draw with Paraguay at the World Cup.

HZ Herald

In its main run, The New Zealand Herald says many early childhood centres are considering leaving the "20 hours free" scheme because of cash cuts announced in the Budget.

Manukau City Council plans to hold a 10-day, $85,000 farewell to itself before it's replaced by the super-city.

From across the Tasman: there's the story of the rise of Julia Gillard, and the fall of Kevin Rudd.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post identifies roads over Haywards Hill and the Rimutaka Ranges as among the country's most dangerous highways. That's based on a new joint study by the AA and Government agencies.

Win or lose, the paper says the All Whites have captured the nation's heart. Staff at Ronald McDonald House are pictured getting into the spirit of the occasion with their own white-out.

And there's more on Julia Gillard; the paper says she is no stranger to this country, having visited here in 2008.

The Press

The Press also leads with the roading story: Canterbury highways are said to be among the safest in the country, although more than a quarter have major deficiencies.

Above a large picture of Julia Gillard, the headline reads the 'New Face of Australian Leadership'.

Boy racers plan to "pack the aves" to make the most of the last weekend before a cruising bylaw comes into force in Christchurch.

And pupils from Ryan Nelsen's old school are pictured lining the streets on Thursday in a show of support before the match against Paraguay.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times reports there's expected to be little effect on New Zealand as a result of the Australian leadership change.

After four years of wrangling, appeal hearings in two different courts and the spending of several million dollars, the future of the Project Hayes wind-farm proposal on the Lammermoor Range may be debated again in a rehearing.