12 Jul 2010

Morning Report: local papers

6:51 am on 12 July 2010

Monday's headlines: Apology by Raurimu massacre gunman Stephen Anderson for the deaths of six people in 1997; empty three-storey block of classrooms destroyed at disused Wainuiomata College; cyclists driven off the road and abused while on a training ride.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with an apology by the Raurimu massacre gunman Stephen Anderson for the deaths of six people who were shot dead in 1997. He was released from psychiatric care last year after he being found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.

Also on the front page: seven immigration New Zealand staff have been dismissed since January for breaching its code of conduct.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports that an arsonist has destroyed a three storey block of 14 classrooms in the disused Wainuiomata College. Neighbours, police and firefighters say the abandoned school is a frequent target of broken windows, graffiti, and rubbish bin fires.

The paper also has the news of four-year-old Aria McDonald who is being discharged from an American hospital this week after being there since December in a last ditch effort to save her life. The Auckland pre-schooler has a rare condition that stops her from disgesting food.

The Press

The Press leads with an article and a photo of the wreckage of a black Mitsubishi Lancer driven into a power pole on Saturday killing a man and injuring five young people. The crash came just 30 minutes after police arrested 30 boy racers on the city's northern motorway.

In another front page story: the paper says the Government is being criticised for a lack of action on obesity, with experts saying the country's biggest health problem will leave hospitals overflowing with the chronically ill.


The Otago Daily Times reports a New Zealand representative cyclist and his Otago team mate say they are flabbergasted after being driven off the road and abused by two women while on a training ride on the Taieri. The paper says Logan Edgar has a broken hand from the incident. Shane Melrose told the newspaper he's been riding for 20 years all over the world and never seen anything like it.

And the ODT says privacy concerns have limited the information the Southern District Health Board can give the paper on management salaries.