29 Jul 2010

Morning Report: local papers

6:57 am on 29 July 2010

Thursday's headlines: New iPhone toilet-map application announced; beaten baby dies in Starship hospital; Maniototo community rallies to keep Paerau school open - it has two pupils.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports a Whangarei mother-of-two is being hailed a hero after saving a woman from an attack by a hammer-wielding man who then pursued them in a violent car chase.

Baby Cezar Taylor, who was admitted to hospital with severe head injuries is understood to have died in Starship hospital on Wednesday night.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says a leaked email shows pig farmers want to avoid public scrutiny by evading the Official Information Act. The paper says they don't want to be embarrassed by the conditions reported at piggeries.

Critics say consigning a man, 69, with Parkinson's disease and suspected dementia to prison throws the spotlight on a health system unable to care for the ageing population.

A new dingo pup is pictured at Wellington Zoo after arriving from New South Wales last week.

The Press

The Press reports a plea from youth workers to halt the road toll. They say stopping the deaths and injuries of young people on Christchurch roads requires a new approach.

Mayoress Jo Nicholls-Parker said its perfectly legitimate to take some perks such as coffee and muffins because she works fulltime for the city for free.

People who need to find a toilet in a hurry will be able to use a new iPhone toilet-map application. It will direct people with conditions such as Crohn's disease to the nearest toilet using GPS.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says southern National MPs are reported to have been bending the ear of Health Minister Tony Ryall over neurosurgery, as mail urging the retention of the Dunedin service floods in.

Paerau school in the Maniototo has only two pupils - the children of the principal. The community is rallying to keep the school open.