11 Apr 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:01 am on 11 April 2012

Milton woollen mill bought by a group of New Zealand businesses.

Wednesday's headlines: Driver awarded $550 after being illegally clamped; council whistleblower claims $12.8 million IT upgrade was flawed;

Milton woollen mill bought by a group of New Zealand businesses.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports motorists are being urged to take on wheel clampers after a driver took a company to court over carpark signs - and won. Glen Vickery was awarded $550 after a disputes tribunal found his car had been illegally clamped in a privately-owned public carpark.

The paper also reports a young Fijian man who went missing during a swim at a Wairarapa beach, was a former member of the Fiji Sevens team and had come to New Zealand with hopes of rekindling his rugby career.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with a council whistleblower claiming a recent $12.8 million IT upgrade is flawed and could have been done for half the price.

The paper also reports a man found dead at a busy Hamilton shopping centre on Tuesday, is believed to have been sleeping in his car at other city spots for weeks.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with claims by Australia that it is powerless to stop a group of Chinese asylum seekers setting sail for New Zealand after granting them temporary visas to stock up on food and supplies for the trip, despite children being on board.

The paper also carries a picture of Hawke's Bay orchardist Jonty Moffett standing amongst some of his 1500 apple trees that were destroyed by vandals over the weekend.

New Zealand author Emily Perkins has been tipped to win this year's Man Booker prize for her new novel The Forrests.

The Press

The Press carries pictures of a scrub fire that blazed across part of the Port Hills on Tuesday afternoon, coming within metres of consuming houses. The paper says the 300 metre fire was started by two children playing with a lighter.

In another front page story, Christchurch City Councillors on Tuesday voted against including an option for full rates relief in the draft annual plan, despite pleas from residents forced out of their quake-damaged homes.


The Otago Daily Times reports online "trolls" infiltrated a Dunedin trading site last week, copied photos of members' children from personal Facebook pages and threatened to post the photos on child pornography sites.

The paper also reports Milton's struggling woollen mill has been bought by a group of New Zealand businesses, but questions remain as to how many former staff will be re-employed and when exactly it will reopen.