7 Feb 2012

Morning Report: local papers

6:54 am on 7 February 2012

Tuesday's headlines: Complaints in London about Kiwi pub crawl; Waikato population down; another liquor ban in North Dunedin student area.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says the antics of some revellers in London in Waitangi Day disgusted one expatriate, who has complained to the Prime Minister and High Commissioner, saying the misbehaviour has shamed this country.

The paper's other front page story says New Zealanders will soon face full body scans at Australian airports, or be banned from flying, in a radical security overhaul that could create greater airport delays.

Waikato Times

Top story in The Waikato Times says the region has lost more residents in the past year than anywhere in New Zealand - including Canterbury.

The latest figures show net permanent migration from Waikato to be minus 1588.

And there's more on a drunken pub crawl in London: the event was reportedly started by two Hamiltonians more than 30 years ago.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post also leads with the London pub crawl, saying the event is regarded as a rite of passage for young New Zealanders on OEs, but this year it's reported to have sparked derision and disgust.

One complainant says he watched participants urinating and vomiting atlandmarks such as Westminster Abbey.

At home, the paper talks to five New Zealanders about race relations, asking whether the Treaty is still relevant, and what Waitangi Day means to them.

The Press says the first shot is expected to be fired today over the place of the Treaty in new legislation, paving the way for partial asset sales.

The Maori Party issued a Waitangi Day call for iwi to go to court over the issue, and as we are also reporting, the Maori Council is expected to file two claims on Tuesday.

Also on the front page: the Government faces months of haggling with Christchurch City Council over more than $100 million in emergency repair bills incurred since last February's earthquake.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says a proposal to extend Dunedin's central-city liquor ban to permanently include the North Dunedin student area will be considered once again by the city council, for at least the fourth time since 2006.

And three years after a failed attempt to become the first person to swim the length of Lake Wakatipu, Ben Campbell-MacDonald of Wellington has succeeded in his 80km challenge. He's pictured ploughing his way between Kingston and Glenorchy over the weekend.