8 Jul 2011

Morning Report: local papers

8:16 am on 8 July 2011

Friday's headlines: Defence looking to sell large chunk of land on Miramar peninsula; jobless numbers up in Canterbury since the February earthquake; 22cm of snow on skifields in Queenstown and Wanaka.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a stoush over Rugby World Cup accomodation. Most of its front page is devoted to a bitter row between the Bond St Motor Lodge in Kingsland, and the family of an English couple.

The paper says the pair have been left with nowhere to stay after the lodge in central Auckland scrapped a booking they made four months earlier and demanded more money.

An Auckland woman who watched her husband die after a four-vehicle motorway smash speaks of their last moments together.

And two young men died in a two car smash near Hamilton on Thursday night.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post headlines 'The Battle for Miramar.' It says the Defence Force is looking to sell a large chunk of land on the Miramar peninsula and the plans include about 150 new homes.

The paper's rugby writer has a comment piece about the latest blunder from the Hurricanes camp, after Piri Weepu announced that he and three other players were set to walk out.

Weepu later retracted his comments, after it emerged that his manager had received a contract offer from both the Canes and Wellington, but had not passed it on.

The Press

The Press says the number of jobless people in Canterbury has increased since the February earthquake, with almost 1000 more on the unemployment benefit.

In a separate story, a visiting US seismologist says Canterbury people can be cautiously optimistic they are through the worst of the tremors.

And the paper talks to fans preparing to support the Crusaders in this weekend's Super 15 rugby grand final.

One man has built a three-tier grandstand from scaffolding in his front room.


The Otago Daily Times reports on a "money-go-round" that links several southern racing clubs with a South Auckland pokie bar.

Queenstown and Wanaka businesses and residents are smiling after winter arrived, leaving up to 22cm of snow on the region's skifields.