4 Nov 2011

Morning Report: local papers

6:50 am on 4 November 2011

Friday's headlines: Child alone in house for two days after death of her mother; Local Government Minister asked to sack Hamilton City Council; Christchurch Cathedral issued with a formal demolition notice last Friday.

NZ Herald

Lead story in The New Zealand Herald and also The Dominion Post is the home-alone ordeal of a child in Upper Hutt.

Shylah Silbery, aged three, survived on leftover lasagne, cheese and milk from the fridge after her mother died suddenly, leaving the child alone in their house for two days.

The other story on the front page also involves children, with a two year old Gisborne boy dead and his three year old cousin in intensive care after both were found face down in a river.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times talks to the mother of a toddler trapped in a submerged car which flipped near Thames .

Suellen Matthewson says she feared her daughter would die, until two men she calls 'guardian angels' came along and dragged the girl out of the vehicle.

Former Hamilton mayor Margaret Evans is asking Local Government Minister Rodney Hide to sack Hamilton City Council on the grounds of gross mismanagement.

Tributes are flowing for Waikato businessman and philanthropist Brian Perry who died at his Hamilton home on Thursday.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post talks to Shylah Silbery's grandmother, who is praising the youngster's resourcefulness after her mother died.

Police had to coach the child into climbing onto a chair to open the door and let them into the house.

The other front page story says a group of regional councillors is promoting the establishment of a Wellington super-city.

The Press

The Press says Christchurch Cathedral has been issued with a formal demolition notice.

The paper says the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority issued a full demolition notice on Friday afternoon, just after cathedral leaders had announced plans to make the damaged building safe.

And on the election, the Press says Labour will open its own books on Friday, revealing how the party will fund its spending promises.


The Otago Daily Times again leads with the ongoing occupation of the Octagon.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull hopes the protestors will accept a deal allowing them to remain in the Octagon indefinitely, while avoiding a costly court battle and violent confrontation.

And new University of Otago vice-chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne has joined an exclusive group of New Zealand's highest paid public service chief executives, with a remuneration package of up to $500,000.