25 Jul 2011

Morning Report: local papers

6:46 am on 25 July 2011

Monday's headlines: Oslo gunman profiled; bid to ban booze from Rugby World Cup games in Wellington; new IT hub mooted for Christchurch.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a profile of the Oslo gunman, Anders Breivik under the sub-head ''Inside the mind of laughing maniac''. It says he laughed and cheered as he shot dead 86 people at a youth camp on Friday.

The paper also begins a six part investigation into why children are going hungry in New Zealand. It says more than 40,000 children are being fed by charities every week as low-income families struggle to cope with soaring food prices.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post also leads with a feature on Anders Breivik. Referring to a 1500 page diary apparently written by him, the paper says he planned the attack over two years. The diary reveals Breivik's hatred for Islam and Marxism.

A bid to ban booze from Rugby World Cup games in Wellington has been submitted by a group of citizens. The group says a new liquor licence should not be given to the Westpac stadium because the World Cup is being promoted as a family and recreational event and should not be linked to alcohol.

The Press

Lead story in The Press is the weather. It says snow and chilly temperatures are moving up the South Island, closing roads and stranding motorists.

An information technology hub for central Christchurch could be approved this week. Thirty earthquake-displaced IT companies employing more than 440 people want to move to a site on the edge of the city's red zone.

A young New Zealand woman believed to have been on the Norwegian island of Utoeya when the massacre unfolded remained unaccounted-for on Sunday night.


The Otago Daily Times says about 220 stranded motorists were sheltering in the Waitati Hall, north of Dunedin on Sunday night as bitterly cold weather closed roads across Otago and Southland.

Heavy snow shut the northern motorway between Dunedin - Waikouaiti, as well as State Highway One between Dunedin - Gore.

The Norway killings are also on the front page.