17 Aug 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:09 am on 17 August 2012

Friday's headlines: Another 121 properties on the Port Hills in Christchurch are being red-zoned; plans for a flyover at the Basin Reserve in Wellington; huge drop in the number of babies born in Canterbury.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald features WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being granted asylum in Ecuador.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino says his country believes Assange faces persecution if he's taken to the United States.

Also on the front page, a High Court decision has opened the way for Kim Dotcom to challenge FBI evidence at hs extradition hearing.

The paper says this effectively creates a mini-trial and makes his removal to the United States less certain.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports a Hamilton family is wondering how their son and brother - who was trying to tackle his alcohol problem - ended up dead.

Adam Rawiri Palmer was bailed on Tuesday but died hours later in police handcuffs at the home of his former partner, Laura Marston. His death is now the subject of multiple inquiries.

The paper also features Tim Brooker of Hamilton East Rotary Club, who has written a fund-raiser coffee table book on the 128 other Hamiltons around the world.

Dominion Post

The front page of The Dominion Post is dominated by plans for a flyover at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

The Transport Agency dismisses calls for a tunnel in the area as 'impractical, disruptive and expensive.'

The only other story on the front page says New Plymouth and Hawkes Bay were shortlisted as future homes for serial sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson, before Whanganui was selected.

The Press

The Press says another 121 properties on the Port Hills are being red-zoned because of the risk of earthquake triggered rockfalls.

Thousands of residents in Christchurch's most flood-prone suburbs will have to wait get information the council has already given to insurance companies.

And there's been a huge drop in the number of babies born in Canterbury, with post quake births at their lowest for almost a decade.


The Otago Daily Times reports on the sentencing of a Dunedin man for a murder at Warrington last year. Peter Holmes has been sentenced to life for the killing, with a minimum non - parole term of 12½ years.

Part of the Speight's Brewery in Dunedin will be demolished to make room for a $29 million expansion.

And a surfer is pictured among sea foam at Waikouaiti River mouth near Karitane.