Summer Report: local papers

Thursday's headlines: Waikato women's rugby sevens team have to pay some of cost to travel to a national tournament, but the men's team is travelling for free; blitz on an student loan debtors overseas; SH6 closed by weather.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says the Government plans to hound student loan holders who went overseas leaving big debts behind.

Inland Revenue is carrying out a blitz on an estimated 52,000 student loan debtors who are living overseas since 2010.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with the Waikato women's rugby sevens team having to pay some of their travel costs to the national tournament in Queenstown this weekend, while the men's side travel for free.

The players were instructed by the rugby union not to talk to the media about the issue, but the paper interviewed former All Black Eric Rush who says it's not a good look for Waikato rugby.

Police divers are to to help in the search for an Australian tourist who went missing while kayaking on the Waikato River.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with a survey showing a worrying number of New Zealanders exercise less than once a week.

Two underage drivers crashed into each other at the entrance to their own driveway.

The Press

The Press says plans for a better square between Manchester, Tuam and Lichfield Streets in central Christchurch are on hold until the developers can buy the land.

And there's been a spike in new car sales in Christchurch.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says wet weather in Otago is expected to ease on Thursday morning, but lake levels remain high, and State Highway Six is closed near Makaora with the West Coast.

And according to principals, the paper says the Novopay payroll debacle could financially cripple some schools, forcing them to close.

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