18 Apr 2011

Morning Report: local papers

7:03 am on 18 April 2011

Monday's headlines: food worth $75 million per year being needlessly dumped; inflation tipped to reach its highest point since 1990; internet predator who targetted schoolboys, described as cruel.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says confusion over "best before" labels is contributing to New Zealanders needlessly dumping uneaten food worth $75 million per year. An economist says the average New Zealand household throws out $450 worth of food each year.

An Auckland airport shuttle driver is being investigated by his employers after he was accused of sending and receiving texts while driving a bus through motorway traffic.

And there's coverage of a Northland man who died when his car hit a power pole after he fled a police checkpoint.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports the former executive officer of St Patrick's College in Wellington has admitted stealing large sums of money from the school. David Don says he will replay the money as soon as he finds another job.

The other top story is on inflation: soaring fuel prices and the GST rise are likely to send inflation to its highest level in more than 20 years. Economists forecast inflation to reach 5.5% in the year to June, the highest point since 1990.

The Press

The Press says Saturday's aftershock in Christchurch caused the already crippled Strategy building on Montreal and Salisbury Streets to lean dangerously. The shake also caused 150 new rockfalls, damaged waterpipes and jangled many nerves.

Also on the front page, an internet predator who targetted schoolboys, invented personas to befriend them and then advised that their on-line friend had died. The woman, 28, of Auckland, is described by police as cruel.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times leads with three Dunedin men being charged with murder following the gruesome death of a man at Blueskin Bay estuary on Friday.

Demolition has begun on the Christchurch building that was leaning after Saturday's aftershock.

Cannabis bullets wrapped in tinfoil and stashed in a woman's bra set off an airport security checkpoint detector at Queenstown.