31 Aug 2010

Morning Report: local papers

7:03 am on 31 August 2010

Tuesday's headlines: Kidnapping described as an Asian crime; South midnight oil being burned at South Canterbury Finance; Stop The Stadium organisation liquidated in Dunedin after failing to pay court costs.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports the parents of a baby girl are devastated after being told long-awaited surgery to help her eat without a tube has been postponed because of hospital strikes. Seventeen-month-old Rebecca Jones has cerebral palsy and was to have had two surgical procedures on Thursday.

Waitakere City Councillor Ross Dallow has described kidnapping as an Asian crime and blamed immigrants for increasing rates of drug manufacture. The comments were made at a citizenship ceremony.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with the sentencing to eight years in prison for a woman who killed her partner with a kitchen knife.

A last-minute deal may be struck by the Government on Tuesday to avoid New Zealand's biggest corporate collapse in decades. The cost of a deal to save South Canterbury Finance could be as high as $700 million.

The Transport Agency is defending a woman's right to have a car number plate which includes the word "Aryan" - the name of Adolf Hitler's master race. An Upper Hutt mother with the nameplate says the plate refers to her former boyfriend, Andrew Ryan - A. Ryan.

The Press

The Press says South Canterbury Finance was burning the midnight oil on Monday night to thrash out a deal to avoid a collapse. There are said to be three parties considering injecting cash to save the company.

A woman wept in the dock and said "thank you, thank you" as a West Coast jury found her not guilty of the murder of a publican. Carmel Whittle was convicted of assault and discharged.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times leads with coverage of a meeting in Dunedin where neurosurgery patients and families argued for the retention of neurosurgery services in the city.

The Stop The Stadium organisation has been liquidated after a failure to pay $11,000 in court costs to Dunedin City Council. The organisation had challenged the council's funding of the new city sports stadium.