17 Feb 2011

Morning Report: Local papers

7:55 am on 17 February 2011

Thursday's headlines: Judge asks questions after fatal teen drink drive crash; Japan whale hunt cancellation may be "bluff"; Dairy farmers deny "creaming it" as milk prices soar.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald returns to the crisis in Auckland's rental property market, saying prices are rising 7% a year and desperate tenants are going to extreme measures, including offering to pay six months rent in advance.

Also on the front page, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Blue Chip's Mark Bryers over non-payment of a fine.

Dominion Post

In the Dominion Post, the banner headline has a High Court judge asking "Why do we let this happen?"

Justice Ronald Young was speaking at the sentencing of Tuoho Christy, 17, who pleaded guilty to causing the deaths of two other teenagers in a drunken crash.

The only other story to make the front page features Japan's decision to call off its Antarctic whale hunt.

The Press

The Press is dominated by a photograph of flying motorcyclists at the Nitro Circus extreme sports display.

The main news story features leaked documents showing Christchurch ratepayers may face a 5.3% rates increase this year.

There is more on the status of Japan's whale hunt, with protesters describing the cancellation as a 'bluff'.


In the Otago Daily Times dairy farmers deny they are "creaming it" from soaring domestic milk prices.

And former All Black Josh Kronfeld is pictured striding along the beach, surfboard in hand, as he turns presenter for a television feature on Dunedin.

The show is expected to reach a global audience of up to 100 million viewers.