9 Aug 2011

Morning Report: local papers

6:58 am on 9 August 2011

Tuesday's headlines: house values in Canterbury towns rise as residents of Christchurch leave the city; Adidas refuses to budge over the price of All Black jerseys; prime minister turns 50.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with developments in the rugby jersey stoush. It says Adidas refuses to budge over the price of its All Black jerseys and is now trying to block New Zealanders from buying online.

Also on the front page: Prime Minister John Key turns 50 on Tuesday. The paper says Mr Key has already celebrated the event at an Auckland restaurant on Saturday night. His gifts included a framed picture of a meeting with the Queen.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says sex attacks are expected to increase during the Rugby World Cup. Bystanders are being urged to intervene to stop them in a new campaign called 'Who Are You'.

The Government is being accused of complacency, after the downgrade of the United States credit rating

And tributes have been pouring in for New Zealand-born World War II heroine Nancy Wake, with visitors to a memorial site in Oriental Bay.

The Press

The Press says house values in Canterbury towns have taken a jump as residents of Christchurch leave the city due to the earthquakes. Values have risen 4% in Ashburton in the past three months.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman saying New Zealand's Crown debt is set to get ''a lot worse''.

Earthquake survivor Sue Spigel is pictured hard at work, using her art and skills to make quilts for children who lost parents in February.

ODT'

The Otago Daily Times examines the 'work hard, play hard' culture, with a new study indicating that young adults working long hours are more than three times as likely to take to the bottle.

The disappearance of a mob of merino wethers worth almost $13,000 from high country above the Nevis Valley is being regarded as suspicious.

And there are predictions Otago could need a second dedicated rescue helicopter within a few years.