13 May 2011

Morning Report: local papers

7:10 am on 13 May 2011

Friday's headlines: woman given 10 times too much heart medication by hospital nurse; quake payouts for lost units at Kate Sheppard retirement village will be well short of replacement value; kiwifruit dumped after case of typhoid fever.

NZ Herald

Top news story in The New Zealand Herald is headlined ''Drug Death: Nurse Stood Down''.

It says a North Shore hospital nurse with an unblemished record has been stood down after a grandmother was given 10 times too much heart medication.

Shirley Curtis, 60, died in North Shore hospital last month.

Next to that is a story saying $800,000 worth of kiwifruit has been dumped after a worker at a Bay of Plenty orchard was found to have typhoid fever.

The rest of the front page is taken up with a photograph of an Aston Martin One77 supercar. A Christchurch businessman has paid $2.8 million for the vehicle.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says a 'begging' mortgage broker from the Kapiti Coast is reported to have left her clients $1.8 million poorer.

The paper says Kerry Buddle is now being investigated by police, as some of her former clients are forced to sell their homes and others struggle to make ends meet.

The Press

The Press has extensive coverage of Roger Sutton's appointment as head of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority. He will take a $200,000 paycut to become the most powerful bureaucrat in post-quake Christchurch.

Retirement villages around New Zealand are offering deals to help residents from the destroyed Kate Sheppard retirement village.

The Christchurch complex closed after being damaged in February and more than 150 residents have been told payouts for lost units will be well short of replacement value.


The Otago Daily Times says a windstorm wreaked havoc on people, trees, powerlines and buildings as it swept through the Dunedin area on Thursday.

An airline price war has prompted consumers to snap up thousands of cut-price tickets out of Dunedin, following the entry of low-cost carrier Jetstar to the city.

And Dunedin parking fines are rising to $12, but motorists will be given an incentive to pay early - a $2 discount.