5 Mar 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:14 am on 5 March 2013

Tuesday's headlines: It's Census Day; $1 million advertising campaign being launched to kick- off sale of state assets; Dunedin sculptor Scott Eady to take part in the Venice Biennale in May.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the wife of a man who died after falling from an adventure course defending the course owners, saying she and her husband were properly briefed on safety before the tragedy. Cliff Brabet, 57, fell after stepping from a platform at Tree Adventures.

His wife Liz rushed to his side and watched helplessly as a paramedic and a doctor who were at the course performed CPR to no avail.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with a Hamilton woman being sentenced to 10 months home detention for helping her husband flee the country when he was due to be sentenced on sex offences against two teenage girls. The woman helped her husband get a fraudulent passport and flew to Australia with him. While she returned, he is still at large.

And it's Census Day and the paper says the Waikato is "starving" for fresh information about the region's population.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports that a $1 million advertising campaign is being launched to kick-off the Government's first sale of state assets in more than a decade.

Investment experts expect demand for the shares will be high, with potential buyers attracted by no brokerage fees and a loyalty bonus.

Zorro the piglet is pictured under the headline "Hogging the limelight". No he can't fly, but he can surf. His owner has been taking him out onto the waves at Mt Maunganui since he was three weeks old.

The Press

The Press leads with challenges for Census collectors in the city's residential red zone. Census officials have been working with Christchurch City Mission to get the message to those living rough that "all they care about is counting them" not dobbing them in.

Singer Anika Moa had to switch venues for a concert in the Wairarapa after the original church venue was said to be unhappy about Moa's "lifestyle". The singer came out as a lesbian in 2007.


The Otago Daily Times reports that the Otago economy had a $15 million boost last month due in part to returning students, cruise ship visits and events at Forsyth Barr Stadium. Paymark figures show spending in February was up 7.5% from the same time last year.

Dunedin sculptor Scott Eady will travel to Italy in May to take part in the Venice Biennale. The Biennale is one of the world's most prestigious art exhibitions.