A launch is cut in two in a collision with the Waiheke ferry; police are being accused of double standards; a special commission will direct earthquake recovery work; and Otago teachers prepare to strike.
New Zealand Herald
An inquiry is under way after a launch was cut in two and sucked under the Waiheke ferry in a late-night collision at the weekend. The boaties aboard survived with minor injuries.
As well as working on the Government's recovery plan for Christchurch, Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee is also having to sort out his own badly damaged Christchurch house.
Accusations of double standards are being levelled against police after a senior officer caught accessing the police computer inappropriately was promoted.
Detectives who spent three days digging up a fresh grave in Wellington's Karori Cemetery after soil disturbance was noticed there have discovered the remains of a large dog.
A special commission will be announced on Monday tasked with the job of directing earthquake recovery work.
A panel of experts visiting Christchurch is warning that rushed demolition of heritage buildings there can do more damage than the original quake.
Otago Daily Times
Strikes at the region's secondary schools could continue into the fourth term as teachers at 22 Otago schools prepare to strike on Wednesday.
An appeal for funds to save Christchuch's heritage buildings has been kickstarted with $1 million from Fletcher Building.