17 Jun 2013

Morning Report: local papers

6:59 am on 17 June 2013

Monday's headlines: Woman killed in landslide near Motueka; 22% of summonsed jurors failed to turn up to court last year; annual polar plunge held at beach in Dunedin.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a woman's desperate bid to save a man as he fell from a 15th floor balcony in central Auckland.

The man is in a critical condition after falling while trying to get into his locked apartment. He woke a neighbour, Geraldine Bautista, and asked if he could lower himself down from her balcony to his own directly beneath.

Ms Bautista said he slipped from her grasp and landed on the roof of an adjacent building.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times says figures from the Ministry of Justice show 22% of summonsed jurors nationwide failed to turn up to court last year, despite new rules allowing people to defer service to a more convenient time.

However, District Courts general manager Tony Fisher said the system had helped improve jury attendance rates across the country.

Paeroa residents are planning a memorial for slain pizza shop owner Jordan Voudouris. Mr Voudouris died a year ago this week near his pizza restaurant, but the police are no closer to solving the killing.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post has a picture of the house destroyed in a landslide above Sandy Bay north of Motueka, which killed a woman on Sunday. Steve Franklin told the paper steam was still rising from a fireplace when he turned up, and that up to 30 people joined in the frantic search for the woman.

More than a dozen childcare centres in the Wellington region have reported outbreaks of the contagious hand, foot and mouth disease.

The Press

The Press says Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Christchurch City Council are at odds over the future of the town hall. The paper says Mr Brownlee wants it to go while councillors want the complex saved.

And the paper has an aerial photo of the massive landslide which engulfed a house and killed a woman near Motueka.


The Otago Daily Times says sports and community groups in Dunedin fear being left out of pocket if a push to cap the number of gaming machines in the city is successful.

But supporters of the move warn the social harm caused by gambling addiction means change is needed, and are calling for even tighter rules.

And the paper has a picture of three brave swimmers who took part in the polar plunge at Dunedin's Middle beach on Sunday. More than 600 people braved cold conditions to take part in the annual event.