4 Aug 2010

Morning Report: local papers

6:44 am on 4 August 2010

Wednesday's headlines: Changes to trans-Tasman immigration checks tipped to save $100 per trip; rail commuters refuse to pay their fares after another train break-down; more than 300 pupils away sick in Wairarapa schools.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the head of Jetstar calling for the New Zealand and Australian Governments to drop immigration checks and passenger charges on one side of the Tasman. Chief executive Bruce Buchanan says it could save as much as $100 per ticket.

And a shattered family is waiting for answers after their son died in his sleep without any apparent cause. The funeral of Bevan Henstock, 19, is on Friday.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says a highly contagious virus believed to be swine flu, is sweeping through Wairarapa schools with more than 300 pupils away sick and warnings that people will die from the disease this winter.

Frustrated rail commuters refused to pay their fares after Tranz Metro failed to tell them their rush-hour train had broken down and would be late.

A girl playing in an under-13 boys soccer team was allegedly grabbed and shaken by the opposition coach. The girl is said to be deeply upset.

The Press

The Press reports New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says he will ban foreign ownership in the rest home industry if elected to Government. He says foreigners are getting rich at the expense of the elderly.

Plans to complete a $236 million retail and entertainment lakefront precinct at Pegasus have been scrapped after financial backers pulled out.

An Ashburton chocolate company is to try to break the record for ther world's longest chocolate bar. It hopes to make a bar that is 12 metres long.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times reports the Department of Internal Affairs investigating Southern racing clubs that have obtained large increases in income from poker machine funds. Potential conflicts of interest are being reviewed.

The Audit Office is considering opening an investigation into the sale of part of Queenstown airport to Auckland International Airport Ltd.

ODT editor Murray Kirkness and Southland Times editor Fred Tulett plotting a joint campaign to help save neurosurgery at Dunedin hospital.