24 Jul 2012

Morning Report: local papers

1:54 pm on 24 July 2012

Tuesday's headlines: death of children's author Margaret Mahy; 260mm of rain recorded on the Coromandel between midnight Sunday - 3pm on Monday; Bill to Monday-ise Waitangi and Anzac Days tipped to pass its first vote on Wednesday.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a large picture of a floodgate being raised near Paeroa, to protect the town from the rising Ohinemuri River after Monday's downpours.

The paper also reports a 'loyalty' scheme to sweeten State assets sales for investors could cost $500 million according to Treasury numbers.

And a giant of children's literature dies - the paper carries a short article looking at the life of Margaret Mahy, who passed away on Monday aged 76.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times devotes much of its front page to Monday's heavy rain which took its toll across the region. Emergency services were flat out dealing with fallen trees, traffic control and crashes in the slippery road conditions. Up to 260mm of rain fell on the Coromandel between midnight Sunday - 3pm on Monday.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports that up to 200 drunken youths clashed with police officers in Paraparaumu on Saturday night, after twins Rhythm and Heaven-Leigh Hartman decided to hold a joint 18th party and posted an open invite on Facebook.

The paper also reports on the death of children's author Margaret Mahy. Her daughter Penny said her mother still had a prolific output despite being ill, and the family only received copies of one of Mahy's final works, The Man from the Land of Fandango, last week.

The Press

The Press carries on the coverage of Margaret Mahy's passing, with Bill Manhire stating the literary community would mourn her passing for some time. Mahy wrote more than 200 books and was the only New Zealander to receive the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

And Christchurch South library in Beckenham has been shut after being found to be well below earthquake safety standards.


The Otago Daily Times leads with a development proposal for the Remarkables ski area, the largest in its 26-year history. The proposed development would remain within the existing ski area sub-zone in a leased conservation area on the Remarkables mountain range, except for an application to take extra water from Lake Alta for snowmaking on new trails

Dunedin North MP David Clark is confident his bill to Monday-ise Waitangi and Anzac Days should they fall at a weekend will pass its first vote on Wednesday.