16 Apr 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:25 am on 16 April 2013

Tuesday's headlines: Retail petrol prices tipped to fall below $2 by end of June; driver in fatal crash was sending text messages; Bridge of Remembrance in Christchurch not available for World War I anniversary next year.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says a teenager was sending and receiving regular text messages shortly before the van he was driving veered off a rain-soaked highway and fatally injured a passenger. None of the 11 people in the van were buckled in during the drive from Taupo to Rotorua in July 2010.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with a police investigation into whether a substandard motorcycle helmet contributed to the death of a Hamilton man, Garry Wallace.

He died on Sunday following a crash in which a truck apparently pulled out in front of him as he rode his motorbike through an intersection. Police say Mr Wallace's helmet did not appear to be a NZ- safety approved one.

The Automobile Association says petrol pump prices could fall below $2 by the end of June. The paper says 91 octane is now selling for $2.07.9 cents per litre, the lowest level since August last year.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says the Government is to beef up laws allowing the GCSB to spy on New Zealanders. It says the legislation will be amended to make it clear it can investigate New Zealanders for the SIS, police and Defence.

Caddie Steve Williams of Kapiti is pictured after helping Adam Scott become the first Australian to win the US masters golf tournament.

The Press

The Press says some old soldiers in Christchurch are furious the Bridge of Remembrance will not be restored in time to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. The Returned & Services Association has been told by the council it's not possible to have the damaged bridge ready by August next year.


The Otago Daily Times leads with an ongoing court case involving Queenstown bouncer Jonathan Dixon, who is on trial for taking CCTV footage of England rugby captain Mike Tindall from a computer at the bar where he worked and loading it on Youtube.

Artist Shane McGrath has launched a balloon to demonstrate the height of a proposed new 26 storey waterfront hotel in Dunedin.