15 Apr 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:05 am on 15 April 2013

Monday's headlines: Federated Farmers says the cost of the drought will be about $2 billion; anger, depression, grief, alcohol, smoking and frustration continue to plague Cantabrians since the earthquakes; changes possible in the way the way judges operate.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with possible changes to the way judges operate. Cabinet is due to consider changes to the Judicature Act on Monday, which could see the judiciary compelled to publish an annual report and become more transparent in the way judges are appointed.

Justice Minister Judith Collins told the paper she expected most of the commission's suggestions would be accepted giving the public greater understanding of judicial decisions.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with a picture of NZ V8 supercar driver Scott McLaughlin, 19, who became the youngest driver to win a championship at the weekend. The paper says his road to glory started on a Hamilton go-kart track at the age of seven.

And the papers says Hamilton is set to boom, with more than $20 million worth of land use and building consents, seen by the council in the past week.

Dominion Post

In The Dominion Post, Federated Farmers president Bruce Willis says the cost of the drought will be about $2 billion. It says the average North Island dairy farmer is expected to see their income slump by about $100,000 per year.

Poneke rugby club player Tauasosi Tuimavave is pictured after scoring scored six tries and 10 conversions for a record points haul of 50 in his team's club match against Rimutaka on Saturday.

The Press

The Press leads with plans for a new marine reserve in Akaroa Harbour. The reserve, near Dan Rogers Bluff will protect about 12% of the harbour from fishing.

New research shows anger, depression, grief, financial issues, alcohol, smoking and frustrations with those in power, continue to plague Cantabrians since the earthquakes.


The Otago Daily Times leads with pictures of Saturday's Hyde street keg party.

Emergency services, the University of Otago and the students' association all say it was a well-run event. Police report that 21 people were arrested for minor offences, and 60 were given first aid.

Student Association President Francisco Hernandez said the party's success would secure the scarfie tradition for years to come.