2 Aug 2011

Morning Report: local papers

7:06 am on 2 August 2011

Tuesday's headlines: Commanding officer of HMNZS Te Mana suspended; warmer weather than usual tipped during the Rugby World Cup.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says the commanding officer of HMNZS Te Mana has been suspended after allegations of inappropriate behaviour at an overseas port.

It reports that Commander John Butcher has been stood down while the Defence Force investigates an incident involving alcohol, at Port Vila in Vanuatu.

Kronic and other synthetic cannabis will be pulled from New Zealand shelves soon. Manufacturers claim the ban is short sighted.

Warmer weather than usual in New Zealand is tipped during the Rugby World Cup, but August will be stormy.


The Otago Daily Times reports Dunedin City Holdings chairman Paul Hudson says that he's not sure he wants to retain his position following criticism from Mayor Dave Cull.

Claim and counterclaim continued on Monday over an $8 million shortfall in council funding.

A supplier of Kronic says the move to a ban will force the products on to the black market and empower organised crime.

World heli-skiing champion Ted Davenport from the United States had an unlucky break on Mt Albert on Monday.

Davenport was on his second run when he landed badly and broke his leg - just in time for his wedding in a couple of weeks.

The Dominion Post and The Press are not available due to a major computer failure.