12 May 2011

Morning Report: local papers

7:03 am on 12 May 2011

Thursday's headlines: post-quake job cuts feared at schools in Christchurch as rolls fall; changes to KiwiSaver described as 'sugar coating'; Jetstar to begin flying between Dunedin - Auckland.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a 'new sting' from speed cameras.

It says a new demerit points plan would hit high risk drivers the hardest.

In other stories: the paper's political correspondent describes changes to KiwiSaver as 'sugar coating' which many will find hard to swallow.

Broadcaster Willie Jackson is said to have blasted Radio New Zealand as 'pakeha radio' after it ended a seven year old contract for Maori news.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post is dominated by the aftermath of a Katy Perry concert this week. Far from the happy scenes of Wednesday's coverage, there is a description of ''mayhem in the mosh pit'' after stilettos were used as weapons. One fan is pictured covered in cuts and bruises.

In a clear case of 'wheelie bin envy,' complaints are flooding into Wellington City Council from about 2000 households which did not meet the criteria for one of its 34,000 new recycling bins.

The Press

The Press says schools in Christchurch fear job cuts as rolls fall in the wake of the February earthquake.

It says almost 6000 pupils are still enrolled outside the city, meaning 350 teaching positions could be lost if they don't return.

Heavy machinery is pictured at work, as the remnants of the CTV building are demolished.

People are being assured their homes will be warm this winter, despite fears the replacement heating scheme will fall short of its May target.


The Otago Daily Times says Dunedin city councillors have swung the axe on a series of projects in an effort to reduce a 7.5% rates increase.

Jetstar will begin flying between Dunedin - Auckland, with the carrier promising competition and an end to price gouging.

A convicted wildlife thief has told the paper he took protected jewelled geckos "for fun".