17 Jul 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:39 am on 17 July 2012

Tuesday's headlines: 52 people in isolation in Christchurch hospital and five in intensive care with flu; women are smarter than men; courts may use video conferencing because of difficulties arising from closed courthouses.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports a construction worker was critically injured after falling at least six stories from a building in central Auckland on Monday in full view of his colleagues and university students.

The paper also reports that a group of Mt Eden residents who have just moved into a $10.5 million apartment block, have been told that it may have to be demolished to make way for Auckland's rail-loop project.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with the netball victory by Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, who beat the Northern Mystics 57-48. The Magic now head for a trans-Tasman showdown with the Melbourne Vixens this weekend.

The paper also reports Hamilton people will soon learn how the value of their biggest asset has fared during three years of property market doldrums.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with the news women are smarter than men. New research from Otago University reveals New Zealand women are achieving higher IQ scores than men for the first time in 100 years.

Cat lovers are being asked not to replace their pets when they die to reduce the deaths of native birds reared in the Zealandia sanctuary.

Sir Peter Jackson is considering splitting The Hobbit into three parts.

The Press

Under the headline ''Christchurch Gothic'', The Press features an architect's vision for a new style of Christchurch buildings that looks old, but includes the latest seismic technology.

Canterbury influenza rates are soaring, with 52 people in isolation in Christchurch hospital and five in intensive care.


The Otago Daily Times reports the courts may use video conferencing as an interim solution because of the difficulties arising from closed courthouses, including those in Otago.

The newspaper also reports that information from the South has been pivotal in the latest crackdown on the industry producing legal highs. Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has asked distributors and producers to prove the safety of party pill and synthetic cannabis products.

A man who has led a campaign to save the old Aramoana wharf still hopes it can be saved, despite a council report saying it is beyond repair and needs to be demolished. The wharf was built 100 years ago.