8 Jun 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:15 am on 8 June 2012

Friday's headlines: Wednesday was Christchurch's coldest day on record; teachers applaud the Government's move on class sizes; 1000 New Zealanders apply for "fly in, fly out" work in West Australian mines.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald again dedicates most of its front page to the Scott Guy murder trial.

Mr Guy's sister Nikki on Thursday told the court that the accused twice corrected a neighbour who found her brother's body, insisting he had been shot rather than stabbed.

The paper also reports more than 1000 New Zealanders have applied for "fly in, fly out" work in West Australian mines, but unemployed Australians say they should come first.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times carries a large picture of Toyota Surf vehicle being pulled onto the banks of the Waikato River after being found by a police dive squad.

The car crashed off the Pukete Bridge on Wednesday night. However, a search is still on for the car's occupants.

Police escorted a group of visibly upset people to inspect the scene on Thursday, but officers would not comment further.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post devotes its entire front page to the class sizes story.

Under the headline 'Back of the class,' the paper says Hekia Parata is being both condemned and congratulated for the U turn on class sizes and teacher funding.

In a separate story, the Prime Minister is insisting that the reversal was that of the minister. However, the paper believes that the decision was made in a crisis conference call by senior Cabinet ministers and John Key.

There's positive reaction from teachers, while the paper's political staff comment on the wider implications of the move.

The Press

The Press says Wednesday was Christchurch's coldest day on record.

Further disruption is expected on the roads on Friday morning but it's Wednesday that takes the prize after 140 years of record keeping: the maximum temperature at the airport reached 0.4 degrees Celsius.


The Otago Daily Times reports southern teachers are applauding the Government's move on class sizes.

Dunedin City Council members are recommending all portable advertising signs be banned from city footpaths.

And Chorus has been involved in a Dunedin power outage for the third time in little over a month, with a contractor for the company receiving an electric shock after striking a cable.