23 Aug 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:20 am on 23 August 2013

Friday's headlines: Path to Shearer's resignation charted; chemists at Waikato University asked by campaigner to keep science facts out of fluoride debate; stolen jet skis and cars found at scrap metal yard in Christchurch.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads its coverage of the David Shearer's resignation with the headline, "The woman who triggered the Downfall".

The front page is dedicated to pictures of the main players in the Labour Party including Maryan Street, whom the paper says was poised to lead a motion of no confidence.

In other news: the paper reports on Willie Apiata's new role working with young people. In a visit to Waihi College he told students about his military career, the burden of the Victoria Cross and his family.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times also leads with the Labour leadership, focusing on the upcoming contest between David Cunliffe and Grant Robertson.

The paper says it will be a gamble to pick the deputy leader but choosing Mr Cunliffe also presents problems because of his relationship with some in the Labour caucus.

Returning to the fluoridation debate in Hamiton, the paper reports that chemists at Waikato University have been asked by one anti-fluoride campaigner to keep science facts out of the debate.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with the headline, "Shearer: Why he quit." charting the events that led to Thursday's resignation.

The paper says it started in July with rumours of a letter of no confidence and steadily escalated with several MPs including David Parker and Shane Jones putting Mr Shearer on notice.

And the sale of retailer Ezibuy has transformed two Manawatu brothers into multi-millionaires.

The Press

The Press says the race is now on to replace David Shearer as leader of the Labour Party with the challenge to Grant Robertson's hopes likely to come from David Cunliffe.

The paper reports that the party will try to avoid a messy contest, but the unions and party membership may still push to hold a run-off.

The front page also carries pictures of police inspecting a scrap metal yard in Christchurch where stolen jet skis and cars were found.


The Otago Daily Times reports that the Labour caucus may have to swallow its pride and give David Cunliffe the top job.

The paper says the decision will need to be made quickly before the party's national conference at the beginning of November.

Heather Mills, the former wife of Sir Paul McCartney, is one step closer to her Paralympic dream after winning a silver medal at the Winter Games near Queenstown.