16 Jul 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:03 am on 16 July 2012

Monday's headlines: Wairarapa school girl has rare brain disease; new suspect reported in Crewe case; three Dunedin singers in the final of this year's Lexus Song Quest.

NZ Herald

'Crewe case: new suspect' is the headline in The New Zealand Herald. A new television documentary examining the 1970 murders, supports Rochelle Crewe's belief that her grandfather is innocent of killing her parents and nominates a third suspect who was not properly investigated.

And the Waikato town of Kihikihi is waiting for the winner of a $5.5 million Lotto prize bought at a bookshop there, to reveal themselves.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reveals details of Hamilton's first five-star hotel which will be built above the Skycity casino in the central city. The development will almost double the floor space of the gaming and entertainment complex, adding more than 9000 square metres and almost 15 metres of height.

However, in a second article Skycity is being accused of not doing enough to help problem gamblers in the region, after news the casino's free bus service from Tauranga to Hamilton has been increased to twice a week.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with a story about a global search for a cure for the rare brain disease afflicting a Wairarapa school girl. Grace Yeats, 10, is undergoing treatments never before performed in New Zealand as doctors battle to identify the illness that struck her down two months ago.

And a dog who had to be left in a sinking car in a river near Upper Hutt when its owner was rescued. Zeus, a staffordshire bull terrier, who was known to be scared of water, made its own way home.

The Press

The Press leads with news that Westport was accessible again on Sunday night after a day when heavy rain battered the northwest of the South Island causing rivers to rise, triggering landslips and surface flooding and cutting the West Coast town off. But State Highway Six to Greymouth was the only route into town late on Sunday.


The Otago Daily Times reports on the crashes on New Zealand roads this weekend. Five people were killed on North Island roads and two car crashes in Central Otago left two people seriously injured.

Three young Dunedin singers have made it to the final of this year's Lexus Song Quest. It's the first time any of the three - soprano Grace Park, baritone Kawiti Waetford and tenor Alexander Wilson - have made it into the final.