24 Jan 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:07 am on 24 January 2012

Tuesday's headlines: deepening crisis at Christchurch City Council; $230 refund for 5km job made by towing company after challenge by lawyer; Palmerston North doctor killed in plane crash in Feilding.

NZ Herald

''Jellyfish invade beaches'' is the front page headline across The New Zealand Herald. Beachgoers have been left with painful rashes as tiny jellyfish are found in the sea near the Hauraki Gulf.

The other story on the front page is about a towing company that refunded $230 to a driver rather than take a case to the Disputes Tribunal. A lawyer challenged the fine saying the charge did not reflect the cost of retrieving a car and towing it less than 5km.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads on the death of a Palmerston North doctor in a plane crash in Feilding. The paper says Ralph Saxe was a frequent visitor to the Waikato region.

A man who raped a woman and then pretended to help catch the attacker, has been sentenced to six years for rape. David Toataua had covered the woman's face during the rape so that she could not see him and later helped her make a complaint to the police.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post also leads on the plane crash in Feilding. It says Dr Saxe specialised in aerobatic flying and owned at least four planes. Another unnamed person also died in the crash.

Wellington Phoenix football team co-owner Gareth Morgan is complaining about small crowds at the team's home games. He's warning that matches could be moved to other cities unless crowds pick up.

The Press

['[The Press leads with a deepening crisis at Christchurch City Council. Councillor Sue Wells is calling for Local Government Minister Nick Smith to replace elected councillors with appointed commissioners, but Dr Smith is ruling that out. Cr Tim Carter is calling for the Government to replace chief executive Tony Marryatt, but Dr Smith says he doesn't have the power to do that.

Mayor Bob Parker is calling for his councillors to rise above the "petty nonsense" that divides them.


The Otago Daily Times leads with spending cuts being considered at the Dunedin City Council. Part of the redevelopment of Logan Park is one project that may be deferred.

Otago Museum chief executive Shimrath Paul receives an annual salary of $310,000. Acting chairwoman Kate Wilson says this reflects significant growth and success under Mr Paul's leadership.

Mr Paul receives more than the chief executives of three councils in the region.