13 Sep 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:10 am on 13 September 2013

Friday's headlines: US billionaire to fly the New Zealand ensign from his super-yacht in San Francisco Bay; Milford Road clearing work may be put on hold as more snow is forecast; 'Class Act' awards presented by PM in Dunedin.

NZ Herald

More than half of the front page of the New Zealand Herald is taken up by a picture of Dan Carter and Dean Barker standing shoulder to shoulder with the headline, 'Friday the 13th Black Magic'. Inside, the paper continues its coverage of the America's Cup and All Black Test, but says it also has a feature on things to do if you don't like sport.

The paper also reports an American billionaire disgusted by the Oracle Team USA cheating scandal, will fly the New Zealand ensign from his super-yacht despite Sir Russell Coutts demanding he take it down.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with the concerns of a Hamiton woman after a man accused of assaulting her daughter was released on bail. The woman says she was horrified that a judge would free the man but feels there is nothing she can do.

In other news: the paper reports Hamilton City Council's annual budget reveals better than expected financial results for the last year to June.

The Dominion Post

The Dominion Post carries the headline, 'Rhetoric, Barbs and a few Boos' together with a picture of Wellington's mayoral candidates at a hustings. The paper reports all the candidates set out where they want to go, but they were a little less definite on how they would get there.

The paper also reports that a section of Otaki bridge in Kapiti was under police guard overnight following the discovery of a man's body.

The Press

The front page of The Press is dominated by a picture of teams clearing Milford Road east of the Homer Tunnel which was closed after more than 20 avalanches. The paper reports that the clearing work may be put on hold as more snow is forecast for Friday.

The paper also lists a number of the difficulties facing Canterbury farmers as they clear up after Tuesday's violent storms. These include mangled irrigators and smashed fences.


The Otago Daily Times reports 40 police officers are now working on a homicide inquiry following the death of a Elderslie dairy farm worker. Police are making house to house inquiries as they try to establish the man's last movements.

And the front page also carries a picture of the winners of the paper's 'Class Act' awards. The 57 outstanding pupils received their awards from the Prime Minister at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery yesterday.