26 Oct 2010

Morning Report: local papers

7:50 am on 26 October 2010

Tuesday's headlines: Otago University Students Association to downgrade its membership of the NZUSA; Weta Digital risks losing post-production work on The Hobbit if the movie is made overseas; Dunedin City Council candidate seeks election recount.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports a man is likely to be charged with murder or manslaughter after a death at one an upmarket hotel and apartment building.

It is understood the victim died from stab wounds and the arrested man is believed to have spread blood through two lifts of the Quadrant Hotel.

A former New Zealand soldier is in custody after keeping central Brisbane in lockdown on Monday.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says special effects company Weta Digital risks losing lucrative post-production work if The Hobbit goes overseas - with no guarantee it will be involved at all.

United States film company executives arrived in Wellington on Monday for talks with Sir Peter Jackson to decide the films' future. They will also meet Prime Minister John Key.

And an MP on patrol with police spent almost 40 minutes trying to keep a shot camper alive, then stayed through the night to support the woman's distraught partner.

Taupo National MP Louise Upston was on patrol with police in Turangi on Friday night when they were called to the shooting of Lower Hutt teacher Rosemary Ives.

The Press

The Press reports a Westport teenager is dead after being thrown from a car in a crash police say involved speed and alcohol. Harmony Wihongi was killed on Sunday night. The current road toll for Labour weekend is eight.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says the Otago University Students Association executive has voted to seek downgraded associate membership of the NZUSA, a move which could badly damage the national student body.

Dunedin City Council candidate Bev Butler will return to the District Court on Tuesday as she continues to fight for an election recount without the threat of court-imposed costs.