7 Feb 2014

Morning Report: local papers

7:20 am on 7 February 2014

Friday's headlines: Citizenship ceremony at marae on Waitangi Day; girl who crashed her bike into a car speaks for the first time since the crash; $130,000 fraud couple now named.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald returns to a story from last week about a girl who crashed her bike into a car. The paper says the family of Samantha Robertson, 10, have kept a bedside vigil and are relieved that she has spoken for the first time since the crash.

Cricketers Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum who both hit centuries on Thursday are pictured saving the opening day of the first Test against India at Eden Park.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times has the story of a couple who defrauded a Maori educational organisation out of more than $130,000. The paper says Margaret Grace Wood and her estranged husband, Ian Wood can now be named for the first time after a suppression order was lifted.

They were sentenced to 12 months home detention for stealing from Te Wananga O Aotearoa.

And the front page also has a picture of TK Tamiti-Campbell waving the United Tribes flag on Waitangi Day.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with the story of Pera Rangitaawa who received her Ta Moko during a Waitangi Day display at Te Papa which was open to the public. A series of photos on the front page show part of the tattooing process which dozens of people stopped to watch.

In other news: the paper reveals that almost half the country's motorists think they can still get away with using mobile phones while driving - even though it's illegal.

The Press

The Press also leads with coverage of Waitangi Day celebrations in Christchurch.

Under the headline, "Harere mai my friend, Welcome to your new country", the paper has several pictures from a citizenship ceremony at Rapaki Marae including one of toddler Osas Ogbah, who is pictured with Te Amo Rangi who gave him a celebratory hug and kiss during the ceremony.


The Otago Daily Times has the story of two young men who have been found safe after a water rafting trip on inflatable chairs and lilos went wrong.

They were part of a group intending to go down Lee Stream and into the Taieri River, but got into difficulty. The group had underestimated the depth of the river and felt a bit silly at their lack of preparation.

And the paper also speaks to an Australian couple who were enjoying Waitangi Day celebrations, two days after moving to New Zealand.