8 Feb 2012

Morning Report: local papers

10:02 am on 8 February 2012

Wednesday's headlines: Southern Steel netball franchise begging Netball NZ for financial assistance; harassment reported by woman who bottle-feeds her son; voting slow in Burwood-Pegasus byelection.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald features an Auckland woman who bottle-feeds her son and says she has been repeatedly harassed by other mothers in public.

The paper says the comments from Kate Rhodes highlight what it calls growing 'anguish' over the feeding debate.

They follow the removal of a clip in a television ad in which All Black Piri Weepu bottle feeds his daughter.

And plans to 'Mondayise' public holidays are closer to reality after a Private Member's bill went onto Parliament's business programme on Tuesday.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with a Waitangi Day death in Hamilton. A man has been remanded in custody on a charge of murdering his neighbour, after a drinking session went wrong.

Milk price wars have kicked off in the city, with the Nosh store cutting its prices to $1 per litre and Pak'nSave across the road following suit.

And the paper features the latest opinion poll which shows New Zealanders to be more optimistic about their personal finances than they were last year, but not feeling as bright as 2010.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says a battle is looming for a new six-storey waterfront building, planned for what's currently a campervan park.

The paper says another drawn-out development process is likely.

A teenager fears she has been stalked after being indecently assaulted as she slept next to her boyfriend in an unlocked flat.

the Press

The Press reports the Property Council says Christchurch's redrafted central city plan would put the city's rebuild and economy at risk.

Entertainer Jon Gadsby has avoided jail for his fourth drink driving offence, after completing an alcohol rehabilitation programme since being caught in June.

Burwood-Pegasus residents are described as 'slow' in the casting of votes for the ward by-election to replace former Christchurch City Councillor Chrissie Williams.


The Otago Daily Times headlines money woes for the Southern Steel netball franchise.

It says the Steel's financial situation is so grim, the chairwoman has written two letters to Netball New Zealand and drafted a third begging for financial assistance.

And the manager of the New Zealand Masters Games is not impressed the Games torch in Dunedin was extinguished prematurely, after a passing motorist reported a fire at the Forsyth Barr Stadium.