19 Nov 2010

Morning Report: local papers

7:11 am on 19 November 2010

Friday's headlines: Heritage building torn down in Auckland; praise for turnaround in behaviour by Otago University students; condition of buses in Christchurch found wanting.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports a 124 year old heritage building in downtown Auckland, being converted into an upmarket brothel, was torn down early on Friday morning after large cracks were found in its walls.

Demolition of the Palace Hotel - formerly known as the Aurora Tavern - was ordered after a passerby noticed cracks in its walls.

Oceania football chief Reynald Temarii has been banned from soccer administration after a FIFA investigation into corruption allegations. He's been barred for a year with a fine of 5000 Swiss francs.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports a rush of early votes could point to a surprisingly high turnout in the Mana by-election on Saturday.

Early votes cast totalled more than 1700 by Wednesday - well up on the 1300 recorded in Mana at the same time during the last general election.

The Wellington District Court has heard $22,000 worth of methamphetamine was carried in the padlocked suitcase of a grandmother who planned to deal it from her state house in Johnsonville. It was the biggest seizure of the drug in Wellington police history.

The Press

The Press reports police are staggered by the state of Christchurch buses and fear for the safety of passengers after ordering 28 vehicles off the road in a sting operation.

The paper devotes its entire front page to the story. Officers stopped and inspected 114 buses over three days, with 60% needing repair. Four were pink-stickered, meaning their defects were so significant failure was imminent.

ODT

University of Otago students have earned praise following a turnaround in behaviour.

The Otago Daily Times reports wilful damage offences and couch fires in North Dunedin have been reduced by one-third.

And Dunedin City Council is selling eight properties near the Carisbrook stadium, even though no decision has been made on the future of the site.