16 Oct 2008

Morning Report: local papers

6:36 am on 16 October 2008

Thursday's papers: two people are dead after a suspected outbreak of norovirus in an Auckland rest home; health camps face a funding crisis; shortage of houses expected by the second half of next year.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says two people are dead and more than a dozen are sick after a suspected outbreak of norovirus at an Auckland rest home where more than 180 elderly people live.

National's plan to make the New Zealand Superannuation Fund invest more of its money at home has started an election argument about political interference. The paper says it's also been welcomed as a boost for the economy.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says billions of dollars would be injected into the economy over the next decade by the super fund under the plans unveiled by National.

Labour leader Helen Clark maintained her momentum on Wednesday, announcing a package pitched at first-home buyers which would free up Crown land for starter-home packages.

The Press

The Press says fears of a housing shortage have been raised as home building plunges.

With New Zealand's population rising while construction falls, a shortage of houses is expected by the second half of next year.

Intrigue surrounded the appearance of two men accused of the burglary of national treasures, including nine Victoria Cross medals, from the Army Museum in Waiouru last December.

Police are set to recover the body of a South Korean tourist that has been buried in dense West Coast bush for five years.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says the threat of being "shut down" has been aimed at dairy farmers after serious effluent discharge problems were found at eight farms throughout the region.

Children's health camps face a funding crisis which may force the closure of those at Roxburgh, in Central Otago, and either Rotorua or Otaki.