12 Aug 2013

Morning Report: local papers

8:04 am on 12 August 2013

Monday's headlines: Abductor of toddler still at large; shooting in Hagley Park on Sunday morning; five councils in Waikato region are spending more than $2.5 million per year on communcations.

NZ Herald

The front page of The New Zealand Herald details the story of two-year-old Gabriel Donnelly who was abducted from his home in Panmure, but was reunited with his mother on Sunday night, after a massive hunt. The abductor is still at large.

And ANZ Bank was on Sunday night still trying to fix a glitch with eftpos terminals, which saw some of its cards stop working and some people charged twice for the same transaction.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times says viagra and other sex pills are the most popular medicines to be intercepted at New Zealand's borders. Drugs to treat baldness and weight loss are also popular.

Medsafe said the medicines are frequently found to be of poor quality and often contain potentially dangerous ingredients.

The five councils in the Waikato region are spending more than $2.5 million per year on communcations and public relations in a bid to connect with ratepayers.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says there's a sting in National's plan to help first-home buyers: while more young couples are set to qualify for Goverment help to get their first home - they will have to save for longer and come up with a 10% deposit.

Meanwhile the paper has more on abduction case in Auckland. It says the suspect is known to police and the family of the toddler.

The Press

The Press has more on the shooting in Hagley Park, Christchurch, on Sunday during an altercation between two groups of people at about 3.30am. One man is in hospital in a critical but stable condition, and three people have been arrested.

In other news: the paper says the Government has promised to try to prevent vandalism at the site of the former CTV building, after a sign was defaced and tagged.


The Otago Daily Times says the developers behind a proposed $100 million waterfront hotel in Dunedin insist they are committed to the Wharf street site, but two other sites in the city have emerged as possible options.

Up to 5000 campers are expected to descend on Cardrona Valley for the Rhythm and Vines music festival at the end of December. The paper says the festival is moving from Methven to the new Cardrona site this year.