11 Dec 2013

Morning Report: local papers

9:30 am on 11 December 2013

Wednesday's headlines: Missing Australian tennis coach withdrew cash from an ATM before heading towards the Waikato River; Government to look at building two more temporary accommodation villages in Christchurch; raw sewage flowed onto the road in Queenstown's central business district on Monday night.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with an image from a CCTV camera of missing Australian tennis coach Paul Arber, 38, from Melbourne. The paper says he withdrew cash from an ATM machine in Hamilton before heading towards the Waikato River.

A close friend of Mr Arber's told the paper a sighting of him early on Sunday near the river, has given him hope Mr Arber is still alive.

In other news: more on the Mandela memorial service in Johannesburg and there are interviews with the seven recipients of this year's Pacific Youth awards.

Waikato Times

'Where is Paul?' is the headline in The Waikato Times. The paper features a map tracing the last known spots where tennis coach Paul Arber was seen before he disappeared in Hamilton.

Police say two people last saw Mr Arber in the Waikato River at 4 am on Sunday several hours after he vanished from his group in Hamilton.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with suggestions that Wellington City Council is playing the Grinch this Christmas. The paper says the council has retired but not replaced many festive decorations around the city.

Instead the council is planning to spend its $20,000 Chrismas budget on a series of lunchtime concerts, at which gifts with a council theme will be handed out.

In other news: an aerodynamics expert has told the paper the new 12-metre high pavilion proposed for the Northern end of the Basin Reserve could affect bowling conditions on the pitch.

The Press

The Press reports on moves by the Government to look at building two more temporary accommodation villages in Christchurch.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times leads with the details of a Employment Relations Authority judgement ordering the University of Otago to pay more than $12,000 in lost wages to a former employee.

The paper also reports on raw sewage flowing onto the road in Queenstown's central business district on Monday night.

And the paper says Balclutha is set to lose its court services while Oamaru may get another temporary premises while strengthening and ownership options for the town's courthouse are investigated.