23 May 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:04 am on 23 May 2012

Wednesday's headlines: Killer of New Zealand teenager jailed for life in England; one third of survey respndents think the economy is on the wrong track; prison sentence for 45-year-old Hamilton woman who had sex with a teenage boy.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the sentencing of Elliot Turner. Turner was jailed for life with a minimum parole period of 16 years, after he was found guilty of strangling New Zealand teenager Emily Longley. During the sentencing, Justice Linda Dobbs told Turner that his 'arrogance...throughout the trial' had been breathtaking and his lack of remorse 'chilling'.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports a 45-year-old Hamilton woman is beginning an prison sentence of almost two years for having sex with a 15-year-old boy.

During sentencing Judge Philip Connell said the public should be aware the woman, who has permanent name suppression to protect the victim, 'could well be a predator' in terms of the sexual offending.

A young weaner pig escaped from a trailer at a Hamilton shopping centre on Tuesday and spent an hour leading animal control officers on a merry chase, before it was finally recaptured.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post devotes its entire front page to Thursday's Budget.

The paper says many New Zealanders are not convinced by National's economic plan. A survey of readers says a third think the economy is on the wrong track.

People in Wellington and Hamilton are less likely to think the government has put the country on the wrong track than readers in Christchurch.

Dominion Post

The Press says earthquake damage to central Christchurch venues has pushed school pupils into underground after-ball parties. Principals are presenting a united front to curb after-ball parties, with many sending letters home before the events.

And the paper has the headline 'Saved' over a picture of a kayaker negotiating the rapids on the Mokihinui rivers after Meridian Energy's decision to quit a hydro project on the West Coast river.


The Otago Daily Times leads with advice from a woman who has had breast cancer and who is a former GP, to seek a second opinion - and to ask for labs tests to be checked - if they are told they need a mastectomy.

Biopsy samples from two women were swapped during testing earlier this year, leading to one of the women having a breast removed when there was no cancer.

And the arrival of a pair of takahe the Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a dream come true.