22 Jun 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:05 am on 22 June 2012

Friday's headlines: first car flattened under boy racer legislation; $800 million big-ticket wishlist for the new Christchurch.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald features ACC Minister Judith Collins admitting that staff get paid more, if they manage to clear long-term claimants off the corporation's books.

The paper also reports on Thursday's proceedings at the Scott Guy murder trial, during which witness Anna Macdonald told jurors that her sister-in-law had been the target of vandalism and graffiti carried out by her husband Ewen Macdonald.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with news of a $50 million development, set to bring hundreds of jobs to central Hamilton.

And the 50km speed sign could soon be a thing of the past in some parts of Waikato.

Hamilton City Council is drawing up plans which discuss scrapping the benchmark urban speed for lower speed limits, but with higher limits on some critical routes.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports Daniel Briant, 19, switched the ownership of his car multiple times to try and stop his pride and joy from being crushed.

But all that came to naught, when the Nissan Laurel was reduced to a slab of scrap metal on Thursday - the first car to be flattened under boy racer legislation.

And a Woodville truck driver who saved an elderly farmer from being mauled to death by a rampaging bull.

Marcus Thompson says he didn't think twice before moving to help John Leitner, 79, who suffered serious injures and remains in intensive care.

The Press

The Press says Mayor Bob Parker has unveiled an $800 million big-ticket wishlist for the new Christchurch.

The paper says Mr Parker is asking councillors to sign off on his annual-plan recommendations - the most ambitious of his mayoralty.

In other news: residents whose properties' values will change over the coming financial year may face adjusted rates.

And more than 1000 students and staff from Shirley Boys High are pictured braving icy cold waters for the school's annual midwinter swim on Thursday. The sea temperature recorded a 8 degrees celsius.


The Otago Daily Times reports a Queenstown policeman who swam to the rescue of a young Puerto Rican tourist on Lake Wakatipu is being praised for his bravery.

Dunedin City Council will next week adopt its long-term plan, including a rates rise of 4.9%, and approve an increase in city debt of $59.5 million.