13 Jul 2010

Morning Report: local papers

5:41 pm on 13 July 2010

Tuesday's headlines: Otago in the grip of a big freeze for past three weeks; pair lucky to survive plane air crash; major Rugby World Cup festival events could be shifted to Wellington because of Auckland's 'party central' fiasco.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports that two men were lucky to survive an air crash on Monday that left their wrecked plane on the side of a cliff. A trainee pilot, aged 18, and his instructor are in Palmerston North Hospital.

And the Herald says an Auckland couple, unhappy with the initial police response, used Kiwi ingenuity and a hidden camera to catch a thief after more than $36,000 was stolen.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post also leads with the plane crash and a photo of the rescue of the two men from the wreckage. The paper says the plane was precariously wedged between two punga trees and rescuers say it's a miracle the two badly injured men survived.

In other news, The Dominion Post reports that Government sources say major festival events linked to the 2011 Rugby World Cup could be shifted to Wellington because of Auckland's 'party central' fiasco.

The Press

The Press says two skiing deaths within a month have prompted calls for helmets to be mandatory for everyone on the slopes. A Christchurch woman died on Monday night after she fell while skiing outside the boundary of the Mt Hutt ski field.

The paper also reports that Sir Ian McKellen bought fudge and a teddy bear from stalls at the Kidsfest market in Cathedral Square on Monday. The actor is touring New Zealand with the play Waiting for Godot.


The Otago Daily Times reports that Otago is in the grip of a big freeze that has lasted for three weeks. NIWA says the air frost temperatures have been pretty severe even for Otago and have been near record in some places.

And the ODT reports that a Taieri farmer wants TrustPower to audit it's transmission lines after eight of his dairy cows were electrocuted when an electricity line from the Waipori Dam dropped across his farm.