31 Jan 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:03 am on 31 January 2012

Tuesday's headlines: Metal hip replacements may be poisoning people; woman seriously hurt in Anniversary Day regatta collision; first house demolished in red zone of Bexley.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a boat collision on the Waitemata Harbour during the Anniversary Day regatta. A woman was seriously hurt when the classic yacht she was racing, collided with another yacht and sank in less than a minute.

The paper also reports that New Zealander, Joel Morehu-Barlow, who claimed he was a Tahitian prince, will plead guilty to stealing more than $NZ20 million from Queensland Health.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports on the court appearance of Matthew Ellery, 21, who is charged with murdering Ngaruawahia infant Serenity Jay Scott-Dinnington. A community magistrate declined bail and ordered a psychiatric report to assess his fitness to enter a plea.

The paper also carries a picture of Te Akau bloodstock buyer David Ellis, who spent over $2 million on Monday on 14 yearlings at the Karaka horse sales.

The Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says about 500 New Zealanders have been told that their metal hip replacements may be poisoning them. Metal implants were withdrawn from the worldwide market in September 2010 after they recorded a higher than expected failure rate. Tiny metal fragments were found to be breaking and leaking into the blood, causing poisoning.

The paper also reports that nudists parading on Peka Peka beach are again sparking complaints to the police. A "skinny-dipping by moonlight" event is being promoted to mark the next full moon.

The Press

The Press features a large picture of a house being torn down in the red zone suburb of Bexley. The house was part of a test-run that will eventually see more than 5000 red zone houses in eastern Christchurch and Waimakariri District demolished.

However, the Government is being criticised for not telling former residents of the impending demolitions.


The Otago Daily Times leads with a safety plea from the parents of a 10girl, aged 10, who was struck and critically injured by a car at a Dunedin pedestrian crossing just before Christmas. Andrew and Jane Hutton are calling for more care on crossings, from both drivers and pedestrians.

And the Department of Conservation is advising people to stay out of the Young Valley in Mt Aspiring National Park until further notice, due to torrential rain predictions.