7 Jul 2011

Morning Report: local papers

6:47 am on 7 July 2011

Thursday's headlines: underground infrastructure across Dunedin now without insurance; EQC querying about 800 invoices for emergency quake repairs; three Rugby World Cup matches totally sold out.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the short life and death of Sahara Baker - Koro, aged five.

In Napier this week, Kerry Charles Ratana pleaded guilty to her manslaughter.

The paper backgrounds Ratana's history with the law, including a discharge without penalty on a disorder charge, three months before the killing.

Also on the front page: only a third of Rugby World Cup tickets are left as sales hit the million mark. Three matches are totally sold out.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says the chief executive of a government department is being investigated over allegations of verbally abusing and assaulting a junior staffer.

The State Services Commission says an independent inquiry has begun.

Court cases are being kicked into touch during the Rugby World Cup, as the meting out of justice is rescheduled around the tournament.

The Press

The Press says the Earthquake Commission could face legal action over unpaid bills this week but in turn, says it could make police complaints against some contractors.

Commission chief executive Ian Simpson says about 800 invoices for emergency repairs are being queried, including some that appeared to have inflated prices or were for repairs that were never done.

An Auckland family has bucked the trend, moving to Christchurch in the face of the ongoing quakes.

Football officials believe post-earthquake tension could be behind a rise in referee abuse.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says more than $1 billion in underground infrastructure across Dunedin is without insurance against natural disasters, after international reinsurers baulked at the risk after the Christchurch earthquakes.

And a woman has died in Dunedin hospital, three days after a jet boat crash during a race on Lake Waihola.