18 Nov 2010

Morning Report: local papers

9:08 am on 18 November 2010

Thursday's headlines: fourth cycling death in five days; new Boyle album may be a windfall for Neil Finn, who wrote one of the songs; glider pilot airlifted to hospital with a broken ankle.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports a female cyclist was hit and killed by a truck on Auckland's most popular - and dangerous - waterfront route. The accident, on Tamaki Drive, was New Zealand's fourth cycling death in five days.

Police Minister Judith Collins is investigating the 111 system after a woman who called for help, was told a police car was not sent because her voiced sounded too calm.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post has more about the Taeamanino Trust in Porirua.

The paper says a Child, Youth and Family worker tasked with investigating the taxpayer-funded trust is now a senior manager there. It says the CYF approvals assessor left to become the trust's operations manager.

With the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton, the paper asks which lucky New Zealanders will be invited to witness the wedding vows.

Susan Boyle's new album The Gift may be a $400,000 windfall for Neil Finn, who wrote one of the songs, Don't Dream It's Over.

The Press

The Press reports the PSA kiwifruit disease has spread to South Island orchards, with confirmed cases in Motueka and Golden Bay.

Test results for the bacterial infection are pending from four other orchards near Motueka and the region's 140 growers have been told to check their vines.

Canterbury builders say Fletcher Building is holding the industry to ransom and not moving quickly enough on earthquake-recovery work. But Fletcher has hit back, saying it is protecting Canterbury from construction cowboys.


The Otago Daily Times says a former Alexandra police officer who wilfully attempted to pervert the course of justice, has been sentenced to seven months' home detention.

American pilot Alex Marshall was airlifted to Queenstown Lakes hospital on Wednesday with a broken ankle after the glider he was flying landed heavily, 35km west of Omarama.