18 Oct 2011

Morning Report: local papers

7:06 am on 18 October 2011

Tuesday's headlines: Auckland Council organising Rugby World Cup victory parade; asbestos contained in rubble from Cashel Street demolition site; attempt to damage school girl's reputation by another girl's mother.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with Auckland Council tempting fate by quietly organising a Rugby World Cup victory parade for the All Blacks. The last victory parade the council planned was just before New Zealand was knocked out of the 2007 event by France.

The paper also reports that an escaped prisoner has been recaptured after a week on the run. It was the fourth time he had broken out of a prison.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with the desperate race by salvage crews to pump oil from the stricken Rena. Teams are working frantically on board the wreck to remove as much oil as possible before bad weather moves in.

The paper also reports that half of the country tuned in to watch the All Black victory over the Wallabies on Sunday night.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with New Zealand drivers Scott Dixon and Wade Cunningham devastated by the death of their British colleague Dan Wheldon. in a crash at the Las Vegas Indy 300 on Sunday.

The paper also tells the story of when Cory Jane was 12, he left a note on his grandfather's coffin that read: ''Now you're not going to be around to see me be an All Black. The winger played a pivotal role in New Zealand's triumph over Australia on Sunday.

The Press

The Press leads with a Department of Labour report that found the dumping of 24 truckloads of asbestos-contaminated rubble at a Christchurch landfill may not be an isolated case. It says a demolition company and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority failed to identify the presence of asbestos from a Cashel Street demolition site.

The paper also reports that a salvage crew is working furiously to pump oil from Rena as bad weather rolls in, threatening to break the wreck apart.


The Otago Daily Times leads with two men who tried desperately to save the life of a pilot who was fatally injured when his Cessna crashed on an Arrowtown golf course on Monday. Two passengers survived with moderate injuries.

The paper also reports a mother has admitted making calls to two schools, claiming to be a sexual health worker, in a bid to destroy the reputation of her daughter's rival applicant.

The woman claimed the other girl was a lesbian and had contracted a sexually transmitted disease.