15 Jul 2011

Morning Report: local papers

6:52 am on 15 July 2011

Friday's headlines: Dunedin hospital under investigation over use of drugs in medical research without proper patient permission; son of police officer savaged by two dogs owned by another officer.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports the six year old son of a police officer on the East Coast is in hospital with severe head, face and arm injuries, after being savaged by two dogs owned by another officer.

On the weather front: Aucklanders can expect a sting in the tail, as this week's dismal conditions move on. More icy and rough weather is expected on Friday before the front begins to wane.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says the New Zealand dollar is 'surfing on a rising tide' and could be headed for 90 US cents.

The paper's environment reporter says disastrous floods, heatwaves and droughts are becoming more frequent because of climate change.

Wellington Football has revoked a ban on an entire men's grade, after a Brooklyn player urinated on the city's new artificial pitch.

The Press

The Press reports the owner of LWR Industries, Ken Anderson, is facing fraud charges involving $118 million.

The Pike River Royal Commission has heard serious concerns about tunnel stability and ventilation at the mine.

A former chief inspector of mines, Harry Bell, told the commission that rolled steel joists were supposed to be put in the mine tunnel as support, but the company used a type of concrete instead.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says Hillside Engineering employees were reeling after a meeting at which KiwiRail managers on Thursday announced more jobs will be cut from the workforce than first proposed a month ago.

Jacks Point developer John Darby is defying the economic gloom by planning a $60 million luxury resort on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

Dunedin hospital is under investigation over the use of drugs in medical research without proper patient permission.