27 May 2011

Morning Report: local papers

12:06 pm on 27 May 2011

Friday's headlines: National still has commanding poll lead over Labour; two people injured when a tree fell on their car; Highlanders tipped to change the colour of their playing strip.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald is dominated by coverage of Thursday's bad weather, with floods, landslides and road chaos.

Flooded roads are pictured as far afield as Northland and Nelson, with an accompanying story saying two people were injured, one seriously, when a tree fell on their car at Cooks Beach.

A new political poll shows that while voters don't like National's plans to sell shares in Air New Zealand and other state assets, they are not abandoning the party which still has a commanding lead over Labour.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says the house at the centre of the Napier siege will be seized by the Crown because of drug dealing which took place there.

China is reported to be spending up to $6 billion on buying New Zealand bonds and assets.

There's more on the latest twist in the financial saga surrounding Terry Serepisos and Thursday's receivership for two of his companies.

Police in full riot gear are pictured on show at Porirua, as part of the graduation ceremony for 57 new constables.

The Press

The Press reports that earthquake restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre could take 15 years.

Arts Centre management are considering seeking central and local Government funding after spending much of their $3 million in reserves on emergency engineering work.

Canterbury Draught beer will no longer be made in Canterbury, with earthquake damage closing its brewery in Christchurch, and forcing nearly 40 employees to seek new jobs.


The Otago Daily Times reports that Lion, the owner of the Speight's Brewery, plans to spend $20 million on its Dunedin facility, as a result of the Christchurch decision.

The police and Fire Service say a suspected arson at an occupied student flat early Thurrsday could have had deadly consequences if the tenants and landlord had not had a working smoke alarm.

And the Highlanders are being tipped to change the colour of their playing strip. Light green is being touted as the new blue and gold.