11 Jun 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:16 am on 11 June 2013

Tuesday's headlines: Hundreds of DHB personnel assaulted as they look after patients; special citizenship ceremony held to to mark Matariki and 120 years since women got the vote; sea of Tibetan flags for arrival of Dalai Lama at Dhargyey Buddhist Centre.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with figures which show hundreds of DHB personnel are being bitten, head-butted and assaulted each year while they look after sick and injured patients. The paper says more then 2500 attacks occurred in the upper North Island in the past three years.

And the front page has a picture showing the dramatic fall a paraglider took off cliffs near Muriwai Beach, west of Auckland on Monday.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times says a police officer's attempt to solicit information over the killing of Waikato roadworker George Taiaroa has been criticised by a legal expert and left the police backpedalling.

Mr Taiaroa was shot and killed in March while operating a stop-go sign near Atiamuri.

The paper says a Tokoroa police officer recently placed an advertisement in a deerstalkers newsletter naming the main suspect under investigation, and asking the public for information.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with John Key rubbishing the likelihood of Winston Peters gaining access to emails at the centre of a leak inquiry, and does not believe he has them.

Mr Peters claims to have seen electronic records of communication between Peter Dunne and a Dominion Post journalist around the time a report into the Government Communications Security Bureauwas leaked to the newspaper.

And 25 women are pictured at a special citizenship ceremony to mark both Matariki and 120 years since New Zealand women got the vote.

The Press

The Press leads with a picture of a damaged home in Avondale, Christchurch, where a party spiralled out of control. The abandoned redzone house was trashed by up to 80 youths who kicked hole in walls and smashed windows

The paper says the party was organised by the former owner's son, who left when the situation deteriorated.

And a Facebook page inviting Canterbury University students to nominate a 'babe of the day' is causing a stir. The page follows similar ones started by other universities including Otago, Auckland and Lincoln.


The Otago Daily Times leads with figures from ACC which show quad bike related claims cost nearly $12 million last year.

And the Dalai Lama is pictured visiting Dunedin's Buddhist community. It says the Dhargyey Buddhist Centre was a sea of Tibetan flags and smiling faces when the spiritural leader arrived.