26 Sep 2011

Morning Report: local papers

6:49 am on 26 September 2011

Monday's headlines: This year's Rugby World Cup events hailed by IRB officials; Alexandra Blossom Festival arrests the lowest number for 15 years; gang member shot in the arm.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald devotes most of the front page to the weekend's sporting triumphs, with the Warriors making it to the National Rugby League final and Richie McCaw being presented his 100th test cap by Jock Hobbs after the All Blacks beat France in their World Cup match on Saturday.

It also reports that police are planning a nationwide crackdown on the use of cellphones by drivers.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with a doctor winning name suppression leading up to his trial on sexual abuse charges. The prosecutor says the decision means his patients will not know of the allegations against him.

The paper also reports that officials from the International Rugby Board have told Prime Minister John Key that this year's World Cup is "arguably" the best tournament they have seen.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with the Rugby World Cup matches played in the capital at the weekend, saying both games, with another on the way, have resulted in a boost to the city's economy.

It also reports an infant is the sixth victim this month hospitalised with meningococcal disease. So far 11 people in the Wellington area have contracted the disease, with two dying from it, this year.

The Press

The Press leads with red-zone homeowners saying they will remain in their quake-damaged homes despite the possibility of a confrontation with the Government. The Government has warned if the homeowners decline an offer on the properties, they may not be covered by insurance and the sections could be compulsorily acquired.

The paper also reports on a Christchurch youth living his dream by being at the Warriors game in Sydney on Saturday.


The Otago Daily Times says a Black Power member was shot in the arm during gang violence over the weekend, which resulted in the arrest of 10 people.

The paper also reports the lowest number of arrests at the Alexandra Blossom Festival in 15 years. Police attributed the good behaviour to proactive policing and a "different attitude" from festival-goers.