9 Aug 2012

Morning Report: local papers

10:09 am on 9 August 2012

Thursday's headlines: Students and instructor still missing; property wars in Hamilton; Olympic sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke win New Zealand's 100th Olympic medal.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with pictures of Spotswood College students being rescued from Paritutu Rock in New Plymouth on Wednesday afternoon. Two other students who were swept out to sea after slipping and falling are still missing, along with a rock climbing instructor who jumped in after them.

The paper also reports on previously suppressed details of Callum Boe's sentencing in Queenstown last September.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with property wars in Hamilton as low interest rates and competitive bank mortgage schemes cause a flurry of first-home buyers to enter the real estate market.

With newer suburbs priced out of many buyers' price range, older areas are enjoying a revival.

Five senior police officers sent to the London Olympics could end up cost the taxppayer more than $150,000. Their accommodation alone is costing nearly $900 per person each night.

Dominion Post

'Worth their weight in gold' is the headline in The Dominion Post. As well as representing their country, New Zealand Olympic athletes are in line for big cash payouts.

Gold medal-winning rowers will receive $60,000 before tax. Silver and bronze winners get $55,000 each.

The Press

'Wanted: More than 1000 workers' is the headline in The Press. A push to hire extra workers by Christmas for the repair of Christchurch infrastructure, will begin next month.

New Zealanders have fresh cause to celebrate at the Olympics with sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke winning the 100th Olympic medal of our history with Silver in the 49er class.


The Otago Daily Times reports a former Cadbury employee has been jailed for just over two years, after stealing over $305,000 from the confectionary company.

Sergeant Craig Baron is pictured with Halo, the Dunedin dog section's latest recruit, an 11-week old German shepherd puppy.