10 Jul 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:50 am on 10 July 2012

Tuesday's headlines: Debt collectors enlisted to make parents pay for "voluntary" school donations and a fatal jump by a Te Awamutu man from a mountain in Switzerland.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the death of New Zealander Alan McCandlish, after a base jumping accident in Switzerland went wrong. He was too close to rocks when he jumped in the mountain region of Berner Oberland over the weekend. Swiss police say he hit a ledge before plunging over a cliff.

The paper also reports even if a possible Waitangi Tribunal recommendation to delay the sale of Mighty River Power was ignored by the Government, it would still be 'persuasive' in further court action.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times also reports on the death of Alan McCandlish, with friends and family paying tribute to a base jumper described as a legend of the sport.

Mr McCandlish, from Te Awamutu, was three weeks into a two-month trip through Europe with friends when he was caught by a wind shift while jumping from a cliff edge.

And Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic are again edging closer to their first trans-Tasman netball league title beating the Adelaide Thunderbirds 49 - 48 on Monday night.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says schools are enlisting debt collectors to make parents pay for "voluntary" donations. By law, every child has the right to free education from ages 5 to 19, but schools say they can't survive on Government funding alone.

The paper also features the death of base jumper Alan McCandlish. A Foreign Affairs spokeswoman said the ministry would offer consular assistance to his family and his body will be brought home by friends he was travelling with.

The Press

''The Cathedral 'can be saved' '' is the headline in The Press. The Great Christchurch Building Trust, chaired by former MPs Jim Anderton and Philip Burdon, on Monday provided the paper with a report that it claims proves ''maximum retention'' is feasible and could be achieved without any safety risks.

The paper also reports a man who got into a young woman's car and forced her to drive him around the city has had a police warning.

The driver said she was told by police that the man would not be charged because he was ''from a good family'' and a criminal conviction would prevent him from pursuing a car-racing career.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times reports hope is still held for finding a New Zealand helicopter pilot and his two Australian colleges, five days after their helicopter crashed in a rugged area in Papua New Guinea.