1 Oct 2010

Morning Report: local papers

7:19 am on 1 October 2010

Friday's headlines: Zero alcohol tolerance policy for young drivers; Reefton Lotto winner's identity remains a mystery; DoC opposition to gold mining application in Lower Nevis Valley withdrawn.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says Sports Minister Murray McCully has told Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Michael Hooper that he must take some of the blame for the event's problems.

Mr Hooper is reported as blaming Delhi's "population hazard" for the organisation of the Games - a remark he denies making - and there's a photo of Indian protestors burning an effigy of Mr Hooper in the street.

The paper also reports on a zero tolerance policy that will mean young drivers will be fined if they have any alcohol in their system at all.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says the drivers of the two passenger trains that collided near Plimmerton on Thursday were a father and son. Sixty people were on board when a train heading north struck a slip, derailed, and was driven into the path of an oncoming locomotive.

Wellington's torrential rains will give way to a warm, sunny weekend.

Also on the front page under a headline 'Coffee flat, viagra up', the paper reports on who is and who is not raising prices on Friday as a GST increase takes effect.

The Press

The Press reports the Canterbury District Health Board says it had no concerns about the work of a convicted drug smuggler who worked as a psychiatrist for more than a year.

Thre's also coverage of a winning ticket in the Big Wednesday Lotto draw - worth $10.6 million - going to someone in Reefton. So far the identity of the winner remains a mystery.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says John Wilson Ocean Drive in Dunedin will reopen to vehicles, but not until a shared pathway for cyclists and pedestrians is built.

Also on the front page: the Department of Conservation has withdrawn its opposition to a gold mining application in the Lower Nevis Valley.

And the ODT profiles Georgia Mason, 13, the only girl in a rugby tournament that involved more than 400 boys. She won man of the match in one game and made the tournament team.