30 May 2011

Morning Report: local papers

7:05 am on 30 May 2011

Monday's headlines: Statue back on display outside Catholic cathedral in Christchurch; waitress used her karate skills to fight off two attackers; Oamaru stone building material decision reversed.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says the police in the Waikato are despairing, after a woman was killed when her car crossed the centre line on Sunday.

Two people in the other vehicle were seriously hurt. The two mangled cars are pictured.

In other news: the paper outlines plans for a new credit watch on householder bills.

And a New Zealand woman with a pram has emerged as the key witness in a rugby league betting scandal.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says two low-decile, ethnically mixed schools in Wellington face a merger, amid concerns that wealthy parents are shunning them.

Miramar South and Strathmore primary schools have collectively lost 30% of their roll as wealthier residents have moved to the two suburbs.

Police are praising a young waitress who used her karate skills to fight off two attackers as she walked home from a night shift in central Wellington,

The Press

The Press leads with news that the Earthquake Commission is being told to 'pay up'.

Unhappy tradespeople say they are owed hundreds of thousands of dollars and are considering legal action.

Facebook is said to have contributed to a $2 million reduction in student debt from New Zealanders living overseas.

The paper says an indirect campaign on Facebook and Google has returned just over $1 million.

And a statue of the Virgin Mary which turned 180 degrees during the February earthquake was back on display on Sunday, as part of a devotion procession outside the damaged Catholic cathedral.


The Otago Daily Times says the performance of Dunedin City Council contractors holding $10 million in maintenance contracts is to be scrutinised.

And Central Otago District Council has reversed an earlier decision, that Oamaru stone was not suitable as a building material for rural homes.