7 Jun 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:09 am on 7 June 2012

Thursday's headlines: Almost 900 people applied for 21 positions at a new call centre in Hamilton; businesswoman charged with exploiting two Fijian women who were paid $40 for working seven-day weeks; ice warning in Christchurch.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald continues with front page coverage of the Scott Guy murder trial.

The paper reports the day Mr Guy was shot dead, his father, Bryan Guy, told police the farm shotgun had been locked away.

However, Bryan Guy later admitted this was a lie - the gun was in the farm office hidden behind a cabinet.

The paper also reports on an announcement by the Social Development Minister that Cabinet is considering giving courts the power to ban child abusers and killers from having more children.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports that almost 900 people put their names down for 21 positions at a new call centre in central Hamilton, as unemployment in the region continues to bite.

Last month, the Waikato region recorded a jobless rate of 8.6%, a level not seen since the 1999 economic downturn.

The front page also carries a picture of emergency services on Pukete Bridge on Wednesday evening, after a car plunged 15 metres from the bridge into the Waikato River.

Although the driver was seen swimming from the wreck, he has not yet been located.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post features two Fijian women who describe how they work seven-day weeks for $40, in the home of a Wellington businesswoman now charged with exploiting them.

And on the Scott Guy trial, there's more on the evidence given by Mr Guy's father - who learnt of the death in a 22 second phone call from the man accused of his murder.

The Press

The Press features an ice warning, as Wednesday's snow begins to freeze. People are warned to take extra care as ice and frost add to the difficulties of up to a metre of snow.

And the Queen will use a private audience with the Prime Minister to seek assurance over the Cathedral after being inundated with pleas from New Zealand to save the building.


The Otago Daily Times features coverage of the Easy Rider inquest. The paper says a flashing emergency beacon found by navy divers in the sunken wreckage of the fishing boat in Foveaux Strait was one of several failings of safety equipment which might have contributed to the eight deaths.

And there's a series of photos, as thousands of people flocked to the Begg Observatory in Dunedin to observe the Transit of Venus.