13 Sep 2012

Morning Report: local papers

8:04 am on 13 September 2012

Thursday's headlines: burned girl was trying to light a candle in memory of her late twin sister; road into Skippers Canyon collapsed on Wednesday morning; insurance companies are declining to insure houses built in Dunedin before 1935.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports on police documents released under the Official Information Act, giving an insight into the way John Banks' team raised nearly $1 million during his campaign for the Auckland mayoralty.

The paper says the documents show Mr Banks' campaign team drew up a list of 10 rich donors to target for $25,000 each. Kim Dotcom told police that Mr Banks asked him for two payments of that exact amount, so he would not have to declare where they came from.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with a decision by Hamilton City Council to sell the naming rights to Waikato stadium, the home of the Chiefs, and Claudelands Events Centre, in an effort to raise capital.

The paper also continues its coverage about 'Jimbo', a dangerous dog at the centre of a High Court battle. The case has already cost more than $67,000. The paper reports an additional $10,000 has been spent on dog food, vet bills and pound fees.

The Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports a girl who was severely burned at her home in Martinborough on Monday, was trying to light a candle in memory of her twin sister who recently passed away. Arna Hopkins, aged three, climbed into the pantry and found a box of matches.

But, after lighting the candle, she set fire to her skirt and was quickly engulfed in flames. She is now in Middlemore hospital.

The Press

The Press reports on how the crew of the Amaltal Columbia trawler were forced to brave the choppy waters and climb onto lifeboats, after the captain gave the order to abandon ship on Wednesday morning following a fire on-board.

A mental health expert says Gerry Brownlee needs to be more like Roger Sutton in public, after the minister apologised for hitting out at the ''moaning'' of some Christchurch residents.


The Otago Daily Times reports as many as one in 20 Dunedin house sales are falling through at the last hurdle because insurance companies are declining to insure houses built before 1935.

And it will be a case of getting groceries by helicopter for one Skippers Canyon family after the only access road to the valley collapsed on Wednesday morning.