29 May 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:48 am on 29 May 2012

Tuesday's headlines: Otago University's assets worth more than those of any other university; intermediate schools fuming at funding cuts to specialist subjects and new class ratios; wife killer found not guilty of murder because he was insane.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports that intermediate schools are fuming at funding cuts to specialist subjects and new class ratios. One Auckland school says it will lose up to 10 teachers as a result.

The paper also reports on a man described as a 'tattooed loner' at the centre of the police investigation into two violent deaths in South Canterbury.

The paper says the police are trying to piece together the movements of Jason Frandi, 43, understood to be the driver for a local contracting company.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times describes how students in a class at Paeroa College sat in shock when a classmate walked in and shot another pupil three times in the head with a BB-gun, before shooting at their teacher on Monday.

The teacher managed to subdue the 14 year-old and he will appear in Hamilton Youth Court.

A missing persons expert claims a skeleton found at Port Waikato could be that of Jayne Furlong, a prostitute who went missing from Auckland almost two decades ago.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports on a warning being issued to a liquor store in Cannons Creek after complaints from residents.

The store, which is opposite a primary school, has had its opening hours cut and will be forced to close for 30 minutes every afternoon when children are leaving school.

The Press

The Press leads with the investigation into the Waimate deaths. The paper says at least one of the deaths is being considered a homicide.

And on the Christchurch rebuild: an Australian planning expert says the design for the central city plan should be based around three main precincts.

He describes losing the Cathedral as "absolutely terrible" because the building has been a key attraction for tourists.


The Otago Daily Times reports that a Balclutha man who stabbed and killed his wife will be detained in hospital after being found not guilty of murder because he was insane.

Figures from the Tertiary Education Commission show the University of Otago's assets are worth more than those of any other university in New Zealand.

Visitors to the Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin say glass display cases are not doing their job because they are too reflective.