19 Mar 2009

Morning Report: local papers

6:42 am on 19 March 2009

Thursday's papers: Health board chiefs face the sack unless they reduce waiting times for cancer treatment; PM urges people to donate their tax cuts to charity; confidential police manual left in hands of Mongrel Mob.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says Prime Minister John Key is calling for people to donate their tax cuts to charity. He hopes to develop an American-style culture of giving.

An Iraqi refugee sentenced to prison for stabbing two men to death is blaming the attack on his torture in one of Saddam Hussein's prisons.

Newlyweds Brendan and Monica Bartlett are pictured kissing after winning tickets to the 2011 Rugby World Cup final.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says a sensitive police manual holding confidential call signs, the names and ranks of officers and details of a woman forced to flee her home, was left in the hands of Mongrel Mob members.

A pensioner who confronted teenage vandals with an air rifle may face charges. Terry Taylor says he was fed up with youths damaging a "for sale" sign in front of his home.

Winegrowers in Wairarapa report their second strong season in a row.

The Press

Health Minister Tony Ryall is reported by The Press as saying health board chiefs face the sack unless they reduce waiting times for cancer treatment.

A Czech tourist had an amazing escape after a huge boulder pinned him to the ice during a climb of Fox Glacier.

The only chimps in the South Island are retiring to Australia. Charlie and Samantha have been at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve since 1985, but they will be moved to Sydney next month, because they're getting old and winters in Christchurch are too tough.


The Otago Daily Times also leads with Mr Key hoping people will donate their tax cuts to charity.

A team of surgeons led by a Dunedin cell biologist are preparing to insert stem cells into a dozen disabled people in a bid to help them walk again.