25 Sep 2008

Morning Report: local papers

7:40 am on 25 September 2008

Thursday papers: $1m drug haul; hundreds being tested for rare strain of TB; seagull dies on convulsions on beach; $100,000 win for couple down on their luck.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports a highly contagious patient with a rare and aggressive disease was left undiagnosed for weeks at Auckland Hosiptal. Hundreds of hospital staff and up to 20 patients are being sought for testing for a rare strain of tuberculosis.

New Zealand border officials are watching for suspicious Chinese food products after melamine was found in two different types of Chinese food in New Zealand.

Most people spend more than 25% of their time online at work on personal activities like email and Facebook.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says police have arrested 73 people and uncovered up to $1 million worth of drugs, in a three month operation targetting dealers of "P", ecstasy, LSD and cannabis.

Bus passengers in Wellington will have to find an alternate way to work as drivers take to the picket lines.

ANZ staff are to hear a major announcement about the bank on Thursday morning. The paper says it may be that the bank is to change to a computer system used by its stablemate, National Bank.

The Press

The Press says cigarette companies will drop "light" and "mild" from their branding, after the the Commerce Commission ruled it was misleading to smokers.

Biosecurity New Zealand is abandoning movement controls on beehives, intended to stop the spread of varroa. Instead it will concentrate on research and funding.

A seagull found on a Christchurch beach died after contact with a substance so toxic, the bird's convulsions were similar to those of a boxer being punched in the head.


The Otago Daily Times reports falling global commodity prices have delivered a setback to the dairy industry: Fonterra has cut its forecast payout to farmers by more than $1/kg of milk solids.

A Dunedin couple down on their luck after one of them was made redundant have won $100,000 on an instant Kiwi ticket.

National MP Katherine Rich emphasised family issues in her last speech in Parliament.