22 Jul 2010

Morning Report: local papers

8:45 am on 22 July 2010

Thursday's headlines: long-board riders reach 100km per hour on State Highway One; car-surfer sentenced to five months home detention for killing his younger brother; All Whites congratulated by parade in Wellington.

NZ Herald

In The New Zealand Herald, a judge says a man who killed his younger brother in a drunken car-surfing accident on Mt Maunganui beach would be behind bars if it had been someone else's son.

Instead, the man was sentenced to five months home detention.

A long-board rider who overtook a truck and trailer unit at up to 100km per hour on the Bombay Hills has been labelled stupid and idiotic by traffic police.

Canadian Andrew Chapman has posted a video on Facebook showing him and five friends using the devices - similar to surfboards but with wheels - on State Highway One.

A report has found that poor policy and a culture of following orders and led to senior Defence Force staff double-dipping on accommodation allowances while working for the United Nations.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports that a judge has ruled that a Taupo man had no legal right to aim a firearm at police officers who entered his home suspecting a burglary.

Thousands of All Whites supporters turned out to congratulate the national football team as it paraded through the streets of Wellington on Wednesday.

The Press

The Press reports a Christchurch teenager who embarked on a five day crime spree across the South Island has pleaded guilty to several charges, with more likely to follow.

Commissioners at Environment Canterbury Regional Council are expected to rubber stamp a moratorium on the taking of water from the Hurunui River.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker has defended his wife's involvement in his duties, after it emerged Jo Nicholls-Parker has attended regular breakfast meetings between her husband and the council's chief executive.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times reports Amalgamated Builders is celebrating after landing a $35 million contract to upgrade the town hall, the Dunedin Centre and municipal chambers.

A Timaru truck driver has admitted careless driving, causing the death of a motorcyclist in North Otago.