7 Jan 2013

Summer Report: local papers

8:28 am on 7 January 2013

A look at what's on the front pages of newspapers throughout New Zealand on Monday morning.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the death of a 19-year-old Liam Davies while celebrating New Year at Lombok in Indonesia. The New Zealander drank a methanol-laced drink. The paper says Liam was an apprentice in the building industry and a talented sportsman.

Waikato Times

The lead in the Waikato Times says police have launched an investigation into the indecent assault on a five-year-old girl at Cook's Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula. The girl's family are reported to be shaken and shocked. The paper also talks to Coromandel businesses who say the dry hot start to the summer holidays has been good for business. The weather has been credited with an increase in the number of visitors to the region.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with the drowning of a Feilding man at Himatangi Beach on Saturday. The paper also talks to fishermen Scott Brenton and Andrew Harding who encountered a blue shark in Fitzroy Bay on Friday. Mr Brenton says the shark was so docile they were able to hand-feed it.

The Press

The lead in Christchurch's The Press says a high profile anti-whaling activist wanted internationally has played cat-and-mouse with New Zealand authorities while finding time to swim with dolphins off the coast in the South Island. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founder Paul Watson evaded officials by switching ships. Interpol is trying to locate him. And armed police were deployed in the Christchurch suburb of Richmond on Sunday when a gun was pulled out during an argument between a father and his son.

Otago Daily Times

The Otago Daily Times leads with the Tasmanian bushfires and reports 100 people are missing. And a prominent English sculptor is creating a statue to honour pioneering plastic surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe, who grew up in Dunedin.