8 Jun 2009

Morning Report: local papers

7:05 am on 8 June 2009

Monday's papers: More cases of swine flu confirmed in NZ; Labour can't be beaten in Mt Albert byelection; Wellington schools using police sniffer dogs to tackle cannabis use.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald headline is 'National's worst week in office' saying it's been capped with a One News poll showing Labour has an unassailable lead in the Mt Albert byelection.

Labour leader Phil Goff puts the party's lead down to the SH20 motorway extension, the super-city plans and National MP Melissa Lee's byelection campaign.

Also in the paper: David Bain's lawyer wants his client's relatives to give him back an inheritance he says is legally his.

A new test to reveal the gender of a fetus in early pregnancy has sparked a row over whether it will lead to sex-selection abortions.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports Wellington schools are using police sniffer dogs to tackle cannabis use by students. At least three schools have been searched in the past two weeks.

More cases of swine flu have been confirmed in New Zealand as a growing number of cases across the Tasman worries health authorities.

A group of people is pictured in the water raising their hands in a circle in tribute to a man who died in a surfing accident in Lyall Bay last week.

The Press

Swine flu also features in The Press where a Canterbury school principal talks of his illness. Ash Maindonald and his son Tiaki have spent seven days in isolation after a two-week trip to North America. Also in the paper: a Timaru man talks of his surprise on realising thieves had stolen his logburner of all things.


The Otago Daily Times reports David Bain's former cell-mate believes he has little hope of getting compensation for the 13 years he spent in prison. The paper also reports on possible new inquests into the Bain killings in 1994.