21 Oct 2011

Morning Report: local papers

7:01 am on 21 October 2011

Friday's headlines: Lynda and Jools Topp awarded honorary doctorates by Waikato University; 11 stolen chalices returned to Catholic Cathedral; backdown on library charges by Hamilton City Council.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald has a photo of Piri Weepu with his family.

He is described as being "heavily disguised", he is wearing a red hooded jacket and dark glasses, and the article says a group of teenage girls approached him wth kina after the All Black tweeted that he was hungry for some.

And the paper says the Rugby World Cup has hit the jackpot with 87% of all tickets sold and tourists finally starting to splurge.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with the Hamilton City Council backing down on plans to introduce a charge for borrowing library books. However, the council is cutting the budget for buying books.

On-line retailer Torpedo-7 is to build a $100 million complex at Hamilton airport in one of Waikato's biggest ever land deals.

Lynda and Jools Topp are pictured in academic gowns after being awarded honorary doctorates by the Waikato University.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post talks to the father of a Kapiti man who was beaten almost to death. Robert Bryden Junior, 25, was unconscious for 21 days after the attack. Robert Bryden Senior says he would like the attackers to watch his son for a week, because they would never fight again.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to make a two-day visit to New Zealand next week.

And the paper talks to an Indian chef who was forced to work every day for nine months at a restaurant and was paid $50 per week.

The Press

The Press says Bipolar Support Canterbury has asked the police to investigate its concerns about equipment and records missing from its demolished office.

GNS Science unsuccessfully pushed for more Government funding to investigate faults under Christchurch after last year's September earthquake.

Staff at the Catholic Cathedral in Christchurch are delighted by the return off 11 stolen chalices. They had not realised the chalices were missing.


The Otago Daily Times has the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi on its front page. The paper says the news sparked wild celebrations in Libya.

Dunedin is ranked one of the worst places in New Zealand for road accidents that result in death and serious injury.

The Service & Food Workers Union is describing a lock-out of union members for taking part in a paperwork ban as "scare tactics" against low-wage workers who cannot afford not to be paid.