28 Dec 2010

Summer Report: local papers

8:44 am on 28 December 2010

Tuesday's headlines: Bain team told there are no 'short cuts' when it comes to seeking compensation for wrongful imprisonment; Boxing Day Twenty20 tickets had a printing error; Sunday's aftershocks in Christchurch 'worse than the big one' in September.

NZ Herald

The front page of The New Zealand Herald is dominated by the 'Highway of Hell' - with massive traffic jams both north and south on Monday as holidaymakers sought to escape the city.

Heavy rain and gales are expected as a big front moves north across the country.

There was frustration for cricket fans at Eden Park - where thousands were left waiting at the gate after their tickets to the Boxing Day Twenty20 match were rejected because of a printing error.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports two 14 year old boys have been charged with attempting to murder a policeman in an attack in Hamilton over the weekend - in what the Police Minister says may have been a copycat attack. It's less than a fortnight since a machete attack on a constable in Waiouru.

And a Wellington man who lost his pet chihuahua on Christmas Day, is pictured.

The Press

Retailers in the Christchurch CBD are vowing to bounce back from the Boxing Day aftershocks. GNS Science says the shaking experienced on Sunday in the central city was 'worse than the big one' in September - even though the latest was only magnitude 4.9.

And The Press reports of mystery lights in the sky are dismissed by the Canterbury Astronomical Society as probably being satellites.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times reports that convicted child abuser Peter Ellis has lodged a fresh bid for a full pardon.

And Justice Minister Simon Power has told David Bain's legal team that there are no 'short cuts' when it comes to seeking compensation for wrongful imprisonment for the murders of his parents and three siblings. In a summer holiday reminder, a little girl from Gore is pictured digging for buried treasure at the beach.