21 Nov 2011

Morning Report: local papers

9:09 am on 21 November 2011

Monday's headlines: Arson at Alexandras festival base for second consecutive year; bullied pupil had no formal schooling for nine weeks; widespread illnesses feared next winter in Canterbury.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a warning from John Key and his suggestion that a re-elected New Zealand First could bring down the Government at every vote.

And the paper says police will start descending on four media organisations on monday, as part of the fallout from the teapot tape.

Eden Park struggled to cope with its first football match in two decades, when 20,000 fans turned out to watch the Phoenix play Adelaide.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports Fairfield College in Hamilton is to hold an internal investigation after a teenage pupil went without any formal schooling for nine weeks because of bullying.

To the election: John Key and Phil Goff warn voters they face a stark choice in six days, as they prepare for a final barnstorming run across the nation.

A sold-out rodeo at Claudelands arena is pictured. Despite protest from animal activists, rodeo organisers say they will be back next year.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post features a furious Wellington couple, who say police have been too quick to respond to the Prime Minister's complaint about the teapot tape, while ignoring an employee who admitted stealing up to $80,000 from their business.

Wellywood and a Taniwha have been blown out of the water to create a sign for the hills above Wellington airport. Wellington Blown Away was voted the clear winner and will be in place by March.

The Press

The Press reports the threat of widespread illnesses next winter is looming as the biggest worry for Canterbury's health system, which is still in full recovery mode after the February earthquake.

Canterbury District Health Board is currently faced with more than $70 million in earthquake repairs.

And an inner-city youth health centre forced to close last year because of a lack of money, is fundraising to reopen.


The Otago Daily Times says the organisers of the Thyme Festival at Alexandra are shattered after their base at Pioneer Park was targeted by an arsonist for the second consecutive year.

Three Wanaka teenagers have been arrested and charged after a group beating of two men.

And Elton John won't be staying the night in Dunedin. He will fly to Sydney immediately after his concert at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday night.