13 Apr 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:12 am on 13 April 2012

Friday's headlines: 1907 time capsule recovered from the former Press building; $29 million redevelopment at Speight's brewery; cafe customers asked to put down their cellphones while ordering.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says Auckland house values have soared past the 2007 peak, as confident first home buyers enter the market and property owners finally make a move.

Latest valuation figures show Auckland prices are up 5% in a year but that's making it hard for young couples like Jason Conquer and Louise Heather who've been house hunting for 18 months without success.

Mayor Len Brown is said to be on the warpath over the leaking of confidential information about a Ports of Auckland employee, with any senior staff involved likely to face the axe.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times says AFFCO may have locked out dozens of its Waikato plant workers, but it's still keeping a close eye on them, installing a surveillance camera to watch the picket line on State Highway One.

A Taupo man who was awarded a local hero honour, says he's prepared to give up his award after appearing in court on an assault charge.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says a loophole in the law covering partially privatised state assets will allow more than 49% of the value of the companies to be privatised, providing the extra shares do not carry voting rights.

Labour leader David Shearer is critical of the move.

Baristas are fighting back against customers who talk on cell phones while trying to place orders.

At least one cafe is asking customers to put down their cellphones while ordering.

The Press

The Press says Christchurch is New Zealand's first fracking-free city.

Bob Parker is the second highest paid mayor in the country, earning almost $169,000 per year, although he has not had a pay rise since the 2009 - 2010 financial year.

A time capsule filled with newspapers and coins from 1907 has been recovered from the demolished foundations of the former Press building.


The Otago Daily Times reports that four Queenstown people and an Auckland man have been arrested after police seized methamphetamine they say was destined for Queenstown streets.

Work has begun on a $29 million redevelopment at Speight's brewery that will lead to 24 million litres of beer per year flowing from the factory.