12 Apr 2011

Morning Report: local papers

7:01 am on 12 April 2011

Tuesday's headlines: wealthy businessman convicted on 24 drug charges; supermarket chains racing to reopen their stores in Christchurch; sale of Government cars could be delayed for use during Rugby World Cup.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports a multi-millionaire businessman, who has name suppression, has been found guilty of 24 serious charges at the High Court in Auckland.

The charges include conspiracy to manufacture and supply methamphetamine, as well as the supply of methamphetamine, cocaine, cannabis oil and Ecstasy.

The paper also reports the sale of a fleet of luxury Government cars could be delayed so overseas dignitaries can use them during the Rugby World Cup.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports that the navy and air force will help police monitor a Greenpeace protest off the East Cape.

The paper reports a weather warning system failed before two trains collided near Plimmerton in September, because of a slip.

Kylee Guy's father says his daughter is still numb after finding out who was charged with her husband's murder, but she also feels safer in Feilding now.

The Press

The Press reports the Progressive and Foodstuffs supermarket chains are racing to reopen their stores damaged by the earthquake in Christchurch. Meanwhile, a survey of Canterbury tertiary students shows that people are avoiding supermarkets with highstacked shelves because of earthquake fears.

Former Olympic sailor Geoff Smale who was killed when his aircraft crashed into ranges near Nelson at the weekend, recently completed a mountain flying course.

And singer Tiki Taane is due to appear in the Tauranga District Court on Friday after being arrested after a concert on Saturday night.


The Otago Daily Times reports the sale of Citibus, an underperforming Dunedin City Council company, was the topic of a non-public council meeting last week.

A worm described as the missing link between worms and the insect group is under threat in Caversham, because the Transport Agency wants to widen a nearby highway to four lanes.