6 Jul 2010

Morning Report: local papers

8:26 pm on 6 July 2010

Tuesday's headlines: $500,000 donation being made to Wairarapa DHB by lottery winners; Christchurch City Council to spend more than $1 million on community board meeting room; prospects dim for making of Hobbit movie.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports gale-force winds and heavy rains were bearing down on the east coast on Monday night after battering the northern North Island, felling trees and cutting power to more than 12,000 dwellings.

Rugby teams won't be the only ones getting the boot at next year's World Cup: some landlords are expected to evict tenants to cash in on higher paying renters.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says Sir Peter Jackson can't guarantee The Hobbit will ever be made as concerns grow that a lack of jobs is causing movie industry workers to leave Wellington.

A donation of $500,000 from Masterton's Big Wednesday winners is being made to the Wairarapa DHB.

All White Leo Bertos is eager to take up an offer to help him smash up his car - a "cursed" $2000 Nissan Primera he bought on TradeMe.

The Press

In The Press penal reformers say increases in the number of prison sentences mean its time to change how offenders are punished.

Figures from the Ministry of Justice show 8889 prison sentences were imposed last year - about 1000 more than in 2008.

Anti-whaling campaigner Pete Bethune is counting on coming home to New Zealand by the end of the week, according to his family. Mr Bethune appears in court in Tokyo this week and is hoping for a suspended sentence.

A decision by Christchurch City Council to spend more than $1 million on a community board meeting room is described as grandiose and extravagant.

Fans of Metallica are celebrating, after news the heavy metal group will perform in Christchurch in September.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times features a warning from Maori over the impact of Port Otago's plans to dredge Otago Harbour.

Ministry of Justice figures show more people in Otago are being prosecuted for committing crimes and conviction is more common.