18 Nov 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:07 am on 18 November 2013

Monday's headlines: RNZAF Hercules has begun delivering emergency supplies to Tacloban; boxer said to be awake and talking after emergency brain surgery; balmy weather for 10,000 at Toast Martinborough.

NZ Herald

The top story in The New Zealand Herald has praise for bystanders who helped save two people during a hit and run accident in Hamilton on Sunday.

One man threw himself in the path of a motorist who had used her car to smash her partner into a footpath before trying to run over him again .

The woman then drove over a 10 metre cliff into the Waikato River where she had to be rescued herself.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times also leads with that story and says police hope to retrieve the car on Monday.

Otorohanga boxer Daniel MacKinnon is said to be awake and talking after collapsing in his dressing room and undergoing emergency brain surgery following his undercard fight on Saturday.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says Opposition MPs have labelled the Government's decision to sell 20% of Air New Zealand days before an asset sales referendum as a cynical 'two finger salute' to the public.

Balmy weather and good natured crowds featured during the 22nd edition of Toast Martinborough, the annual wine and food festival yesterday.

Police recorded no arrests at the event, and forecast showers stayed away for the 10,000 revellers.

The Press

The Press reports an RNZAF Hercules has begun delivering emergency supplies to the Phillippines city of Tacloban and has also flown out refugees.

The paper says its part of an international effort which is providing some relief to a city all but destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan.

The driver of a vehicle which became stuck in mud at the Avon-Heathcote Estuary on Saturday could be fined or prosecuted and forced to pay hefty removal costs. Canterbury Regional Council says it's struggling to identify who was behind the wheel.


The Otago Daily Times features wrangling over the future of Invermay.

The paper says the chief of the company which found holes in the Agresearch case for cutting jobs at the centre has fired back at comments from Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce questioning its independence and the quality of its work.

And Dunedin City Council is preparing to announce its new chief executive.