15 Aug 2011

Polar conditions dominated the papers

6:55 am on 15 August 2011

With blizzard conditions are here to stay, the polar conditions dominate most newspapers on Monday morning.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald headline is "White-out Chaos".

A photograph of a snow-covered street in downtown Dunedin dominates the front page and the reporting concentrates on a rare snowfall in the capital.

The paper warns Auckland is next with the city forecast to have a maximum temperature of 10 degrees today and 9 on Tuesday.

Adidas is embroiled in another PR disaster: this time its appearance as the fashion wear of choice for many young rioters in London and other parts of Britain.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post headline reads "Whiteout". It reports Wellington was hit by the worst snowstorm in decades and how 100 motorists were trapped on the Rimutaka Hill Road on Sunday night. Snow ploughs and 4WD vehicles were sent to the rescue.

The front page photo is of a young boy on his father's shoulders as snow falls on the Rimutaka road. There is also a photo of snow covering the hill suburb of Ngaio.

The Press

The Press leads with the welfare system reforms announced by National at its conference over the weekend.

On the snow front, there is a photo of empty bread crates in one of the city's supermarkets. The paper also reports a run on wood suppliers.


The Otago Daily Times warns blizzard conditions are here to stay for a few days.

The paper reports on widespread road closures and stranded passengers at Queenstown airport. It quotes police telling people to travel only if absolutely necessary.

Also on the front page there's a story about a Christchurch woman who took a wrong turn on the Coronet peak skifield and ended up having to hike 10km in the dark before she came across a farmhouse and safety.