17 Jan 2012

Summer Report: morning papers

7:53 am on 17 January 2012

Tuesday's Deadlines: It's 500 days since the Christchurch earthquakes began; big jump in Armed Offenders Squad callouts; haggling could save shoppers hundreds of dollars at big retail chain stores.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a jump in Armed Offenders Squad callouts - nearly 1000 in the past year, double the usual number.

The papers tells of the grief of the family of William Hoskins, who was killed in an hit-and-run in Waikato over the weekend.

And a consumer story - those brave enough to haggle could save hundreds of dollars at big retail chain stores.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times also has the story of Mr Hoskins and says his father will this week come face to face with the man who is accused of running him over on the outskirts of Cambridge.

A Tauranga boy became seriously ill after swallowing a dirty $2 coin. His parents had given him the money for ice cream and he can't explain why he decided to eat the coin instead.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with details of prisoners on temporary release found poaching from Te Angiangi marine reserve - along with two Corrections Department employees.

The paper also has a picture of Waka Rowlands, 16, the star of a New Zealand film which is to screen at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The Press

The Press is marking the milestone of 500 days since the earthquakes began. It's headlining the numbers: 9500 quakes, 892 buildings demolished, 400,000 EQC claims.

It also has details of the campaign against the pay rise for Christchurch City Council chief executive Tony Marryatt. A leaflet drop has started and a protest is planned for 1 February.


The Otago Daily Times leads with fears that Southern District Health Board has backtracked on its plan to hire more senior medical officers for Dunedin hospital.

An Otago couple are pictured planning a rather cramped holiday - four months on a waka with 16 other people.