12 Oct 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:20 am on 12 October 2012

Friday's headlines: new logo on All Black jerseys; serious assault rate steadily rising; ambulance sent more than 700km off course - to Southland rather than a childcare centre in Lower Hutt.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a story saying that change is tipped for the All Black jersey. The paper reports rugby chiefs have now signed a five-year sponsorship deal with insurance company AIG, that could put a new advertising logo on the teams' jerseys and shorts for their end-of-season tour of Britain.

And the GCSB has started an internal investigation into its staff, after Labour leader David Shearer said he had been leaked information about the Prime Minister's knowledge of the Kim Dotcom case.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports after tossing in the dope-infested sport, Waikato's Stephen Swart says the truth is finally out on Lance Armstrong.

At the age of 30, Swart chose to quit professional cycling and its inherent doping programmes and later spoke out against that culture and Armstrong's role in the scandal.

The paper also reports hunters in Waikato are horrified by a farmer who set his dogs on a penned pig and posted a gory video on YouTube.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports that investigations have begun into why an ambulance for a choking toddler's emergency treatment was sent more than 700km off course. Central Emergency Communications has apologised to the child's family after the ambulance was sent to Southland rather than a childcare centre in Lower Hutt.

And a large photograph illustrates a blind hiker's ambition to scale all seven of the world's highest peaks as she begins fund-raising efforts.

The Press

The Press continues with its release of information from official documents on Canterbury Regional Council, revealing that full ECan elections could have been axed until 2019, nearly a decade after the councillors were sacked.

The front page features a dramatic artist's interpretation of a light project planned for the city centre for an upcoming festival that includes laser beams, projector balloons, and fabric suspended from demolition cranes.


The Otago Daily Times leads with the case of a man who attempted to rape a woman at Jubilee Park because he couldn't find a girlfriend. He was remanded for sentencing.

Following on from that story is a report that the rate of serious assaults in New Zealand is steadily rising, according to a Otago University study.