9 Jun 2009

Morning Report: local papers

6:56 am on 9 June 2009

Tuesday's papers: Heavily pregnant Lithuanian tourist ordered to leave New Zealand; parents collect $250,000 Lotto prize on their way to hospital to give birth to a baby girl; new cancer swab test developed for smokers.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports smokers can now take a test to predict their risk of getting lung cancer due to technology developed by researchers at Auckland University.

The father of Lower Hutt schoolgirl Karla Cardno, who was raped and murdered 20 years ago, is now accused of sex crimes against a minor.

A Wellington couple are celebrating a double windfall: they collected a $250,000 Lotto prize on their way to hospital to give birth to a baby girl.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with Government moves to boost the powers of health officials to quarantine people in an attempt to control the spread of swine flu.

Immigration New Zealand has ordered a heavily pregnant Lithuanian tourist to leave the country. That's despite a doctor's warning that she must be near medical help at all times and that travel could harm her and her child.

And a court decision opens the door for a Blue Chip parent company to move to Australia.

The Press

The Press also leads with the new cancer swab test. The test will cost $275. But smokers who find themselves at the lower end of the risk scale have been warned they should not see it as an excuse to happily go on smoking.

The Government plans to take charge of water management. Environment Minister Nick Smith says central Government has to provide more direction


The Otago Daily Times reports the University of Otago's faculty of dentistry is being overwhelmed by school dental service referrals. Dean Greg Seymour is worried the problem may be exacerbated by district health board plans to replace the school service.

The ODT has been viewing the wills of Robin and Margaret Bain. Each stated that their estates were to be shared between their surviving children in the event of their deaths.

Following his acquittal on Friday, David Bain technically inherits everything from his late parents, but whether that will happen remains unclear.