5 Jul 2010

Morning Report: local papers

4:52 pm on 5 July 2010

Monday's headlines: $20,000 p/w rentals for homes in Auckland during the Rugby World Cup; millions of dollars being wiped off property values in Christchurch; emaciated dog rescued after nine days at the bottom of a cliff.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports the Government is considering making it unlawful for adults to give alcohol to young people without their parents' consent.

At present, under-18s can be given liquor without consent if they are in private homes or at private functions.

Foreign rugby fans are paying up to $20,000 per week to rent Auckland homes for next year's Rugby World Cup - but officials have warned homeowners against being opportunists.

A New Zealand-born Australian man faces up to 12 years in prison after police in Bali caught him with cocaine stuffed in his pockets.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports piercing screams were heard from an alley in central Wellington hours before the body of a mystery teenager was discovered there on Sunday morning.

And his players may have shone on the pitch, but it was All Whites coach Ricki Herbert who stole the show when he was mobbed by autograph-hunters at Westpac Stadium on Sunday.

The Press

A Christchurch woman tells The Press she lived a mother's nightmare, hearing her daughters' screams after being badly burnt. Safekids New Zealand is warning parents to keep children safe.

Millions of dollars are being wiped off property values in Christchurch as buyers spooked by the leaky homes crisis spurn plaster houses. Owners of dry homes say they are unfairly being tarred with the leaky homes brush.


The Otago Daily Times reports the NZ Transport Agency is said to be spending more than $800 per day in maintenance costs on Beaumont bridge, on State Highway 8.

Police in Queenstown say the 2010 Winter Festival has been marred by underage drinking and drunk people looking for trouble and causing fights.

After enduring a nine-day ordeal at the bottom of a 60-metre cliff without food or water, Rusty the collie is safe.

An emaciated Rusty was rescued by abseil after a tourist heard his barks in the area near Jacks Blowhole in south Otago on Saturday.