3 Jan 2011

Summer Report: local papers

6:00 pm on 3 January 2011

Monday's headlines: Seven teams seek missing teenager; John Key likely to leave politics if the National Party does not win a second term; $6 million spent by Christchurch City Council on outside legal advice over past two years.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a missing teenager who disappeared after walking home from a New Years Eve party in Whitianga.

Seven teams have been looking for Cem Erbay, 19, of Auckland. The Herald reports Mr Erbay is the stepson of broadcaster Simon Mercep, who is quoted as saying the disappearance is completely out of the ordinary.

Prime Minister John Key has told the paper he's likely to leave politics if the National Party does not win a second term. He also indicated that the general election will probably be in late November or early December.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post looks at the property market in the Wellington region, with large pictures of what it thinks is the city's most expensive house in the middle of the page.

It's a three-bedroom house in Roseneath with a seven-car garage, indoor pool and tennis court which sold for $5.65 million. The paper contrasts that with the region's cheapest buy - a house in Carterton that went for $65,000.

Also, a small story under the headline 'Kingpin of Capital Crime Dies'. It report the death of Duncan McFarlane at 60 last week and says police describe him as the hands behind a huge amount of Wellington crime.

The Press

Leading the Press are figures obtained under the Official Information Act which show the Christchurch City Council spent $6 million on outside legal advice over the past two years.

The paper is also looking at a new flare-up in the whaling conflict. It reports that three Japanese harpoon ships on Sunday turned and began following three Sea Shepherd boats, instead of the usual other way around.


The Otago Daily Times has a large photo of Dunedin's first baby of 2011. Amelia Joy was born to Bonny and Timothy Adams at 1.22am on New Year's Day.

A man, 17, was pulled over on his motorcycle early Sunday morning - registering a breath-alcohol level which police say was more than six times the legal youth limit.

Not only that, police say the motorcycle was unregistered and unwarranted, the driver did not have a motorcycle licence and he was carrying a passenger.