3 Apr 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:26 am on 3 April 2012

Tuesday's headlines: $26 million Lotto winner now known; seal spotted more than 100km inland; Alpine Fault could still be 200 years away from generating its next big quake.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with an interview with the man NZ Lotteries is describing as the country's most eligible bachelor. Supermarket checkout operator Trevor, 34, from a town in Waikato, put the rumour mill to rest on Monday by coming forward to claim Saturday's $26 million Lotto prize. He told the paper the win is beginning to sink in now the bank balance is bigger than the phone number.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with Christine Judith Morris being convicted of murder, after assaulting her neighbour Diane White with a hammer in her Hamilton home in 2010.

The paper also reports on a seal spotted more than 100km inland at Putaruru on Sunday afternoon. It was chasing fish in Oraka Stream for several hours, having probably come from the Firth of Thames.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post also leads with Trevor's big Lotto win. The paper says he flew to Wellington to claim his prize, but there was no time for a fancy dinner as he had to be back for his 5am supermarket shift on Tuesday.

The paper also reports Nonu Vailahi, the survivor of a fatal crash near Wellington on Friday night, wants to know why the other driver was driving the wrong way on the motorway.

It's been revealed that alcohol was found at the scene, but it was yet to be determined whether it played a part in the crash.

The Press

The Press reports South Islanders finally have some good news - the Alpine Fault could still be 200 years away from generating its next quake of about magnitude 8.0.

The paper also features the end of another era with the demolition of the old part of St George's Hospital. The building, which opened in 1928, housed the hospital's maternity wing.


The Otago Daily Times reports that a man who accidentally shot his friend dead whilst out rabbit shooting, was supported by members of the dead man's family at court on Monday.

Reuben Burke mistook friend Dougal Fyfe for a deer while the pair were hunting near Wanaka in December. He has admitted careless use of a firearm.

And losing World Heritage status as a possible consequence of the proposed Fiordland monorail would be a "huge blow for us all", tourism operator Real Journeys said in a submission at the first day of a hearing in Te Anau on Monday.