5 Dec 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:03 am on 5 December 2013

Thursday's headlines: International Cricket Council investigating up former top NZ players over match-fixing; bitter financial dispute within one of Christchurch's wealthiest families; new home for Wellington SPCA.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the headline 'NZ stars in cricket cheating scandal'. The paper says the International Cricket Council is investigating up to three former top players over match-fixing and spot-fixing claims.

The paper has an interview with Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, and also reveals the results of a study which found the fatter we get the more we lie about what we eat.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with the headline: 'Major drug network busted'. Property and luxury cars including Audis, Porsches, Mercedes were among assets seized when police swooped on 40 properties across Auckland and the Waikato on Wednesday following an 18 month investigation.

And a man and a woman who defrauded a taxpayer-funded Waikato organisation of $130,000 have been sentenced to home detention.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post has an interview with the grieving partner of Wellington woman Mei Fan, who was killed in her home at Miramar almost a month ago. So far no one has been charged. Tani Hoyhtya, a Finnish forester, told the paper he planned to marry Mei and had already picked out an engagement ring.

The new home of the Wellington SPCA on Mt Victoria is pictured. Eight years after securing the lease to the old Fever Hospital site, the organisation will move 500 animals to their new home on the 2 December.

The Press

The Press leads with details of a bitter financial dispute within one of Christchurch's wealthiest families. The paper says an interim court judgement allows Avenal McKinnon, the sister of developer Antony Gough, to be paid her share of assets in a family trust.

Port Hills residents have finally been given decisions about the status of their land, more than 2½ years after the earthquake in February 2011.


The Otago Daily Times has more on the International Cricket Council's investigation into match-fixing. The paper says the investigation relates to games featuring International stars, but it's thought none of the cricketers are still playing professionally.

The paper also reports on an investigation into how a dangerous criminal fled police custody on Wednesday sparking a manhunt for five hours.