20 Apr 2011

Morning Report: local papers

7:01 am on 20 April 2011

Wednesday's headlines: Dunedin bus flett to be sold; Wellington City Council may be close to abandoning a waka ownership claim; RSA officials in Christchurch want to buy NZ-made ANZAC Day poppies.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a shake-up of the Family Court, with the Justice Minister Simon Power announcing a review of the system on Tuesday. He says the review is necessary because of rising costs and the need for stricter access rules to the court.

The paper also reports that an elderly abuse victim has finally broken her silence. The woman, who is a former state ward, is asking others who suffered abuse to come forward.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports a former top-ranking public servant has been arrested in Argentina, after 5kg of cocaine was found in a false-bottom suitcase. The paper says Sharon Armstrong, the former deputy chief executive of the Maori Language Commission, was detained in Buenos Aires on 13 April on her way to London.

In another story, Wellington City Council may be close to abandoning its ownership claim over the disputed Te Raukura waka.

The Press

The Press says RSA officials in Christchurch are threatening to defy a move to source ANZAC Day poppies from China. In order to cut costs, it was decided to buy overseas-made poppies last year - a move that has divided the organisation.

The paper says a domestic poppy manufacturer has genuine interest from other RSAs around the country to continue producing the ANZAC Day symbol.

The paper also reports that quake-hit Cantabrians will now be considered for early KiwiSaver contribution withdrawals.


The Otago Daily Times says queries have been raised as to whether a rural Dunedin pony club, which received a gaming grant of nearly $500,000, has been acting as a front for the Wingatui Racecourse. The paper says the grant was used to drain part of the racecourse, but the club says it is a win-win situation.

And the paper reports that the Citibus fleet owned by Dunedin City Council, will be sold to a company based in Invercargill.