24 Sep 2010

Morning Report: local papers

7:02 am on 24 September 2010

Friday's headlines: Habitat for Humanity to recruit an army of tradesmen to rebuild homes in Christchurch; super city voting scam investigation widened to Hastings, Tauranga and Hamilton; World of Wearable Art show to run for an extra week next year.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports that police have been searching the house of an associate of the man charged with the murder of Carmen Thomas. The paper says the man is a friend of Ms Thomas' former boyfriend Brad Callaghan, who was arrested and charged with her murder on Tuesday.

And police have widened a probe into a possible super city voting scam to cover hundreds of people living in Hastings, Tauranga and Hamilton.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says the World of Wearable Art show will run for an extra week next year, leading up to the Rugby World Cup. This year's season has opened to a sold-out audience.

A truck driver was impaled when a canoe came loose from a passing trailer and smashed through his cab windscreen like a spear.

The Press

The Press reports that a Christian aid group plans to recruit an army of tradesmen to rebuild the homes of uninsured Christchurch earthquake victims. Habitat for Humanity hopes to assemble a workforce of more than 600 to complete the job, which could take up to 18 months.

Fonterra's second-highest payout to dairy farmers will translate into an $8.2 billion boost for the economy this year.


The Otago Daily Times says the hunt is on to recover $6 million that fraudster Michael Swann has been ordered by the High Court to repay. The Crown is trying to recover some of the $17 million obtained by Swann and Kerry Harford by fraud against the Otago District Health Board between 2000 - 2006.

The Crown prosecutor says the Crown believed more tainted assets existed, but needed the public's help to pinpoint and recover them.

The ODT also reports that two men prosecuted for removing three truckloads of gold tailings from their Bannockburn property believe they have been made an example of. They say other landowners will be nervous as a result.