26 Aug 2011

Morning Report: local papers

6:53 am on 26 August 2011

Friday's headlines: Fruit and vegetable prices almost 16% higher than a year; $12 million clean-up for Lake Ellesmere; real estate companies report strong demand for properties in Dunedin.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald dedicates most of the front page to the death of veteran radio broadcaster Graeme Moody.

The paper has spoken with surfers who saw the sports reporter drown after his surfboard was caught under rocks in Australia. It also carries a number of tributes from his friends and workmates.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says nutrition experts are alarmed that fruit and vegetable prices are almost 16% higher than a year ago - reaching their highest levels on record.

Wellington Phoenix boss Terry Serepisos insists that all players have been paid. But the footballers' union says there are some outstanding amounts and that delays in player payment have been an issue.

The Press

The Press reports plans to purchase and retire farmland around Lake Ellesmere in an effort to clean up the polluted lake. The Government, Canterbury Regional Council, Fonterra and Ngai Tahu are to spend about $12 million on the clean up.

More details have been revealed about the SAS raid in Kabul in which a New Zealand soldier died last Friday. The paper says attempts to rescue UK personnel trapped inside the compound were delayed because Afghan officials were arguing.


The Otago Daily Times says real estate companies in Dunedin report a strong demand for properties over the past three months. They attribute this to Christchurch residents relocating to get away from the tremors.

A former police officer received only minor injuries after the vehicle he was driving hit a train in North Otago on Thursday.

Charles Ryan, 58, tried to reverse over the tracks out of the way of the train, but his vehicle was clipped and thrown about 90 degrees from the track.