23 Oct 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:24 am on 23 October 2012

Tuesday's papers: Tributes paid to late Sir Wilson Whineray; honeymoon window going home to Colorado; earthquake-weary Cantabrians have pushed up house prices in expensive suburbs in Auckland.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a large black and white portrait of Sir Wilson Whineray who died on Sunday aged 77.

Sir Wilson played for the All Blacks 77 times between 1957 - 1965. His games included 32 Tests, all but two as captain.

In a statement, his family remembered one of his favourite comments was that he didn't regret a single day of his life, a life filled to the brim with family, sport, business and the community.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports the family of the sole survivor of a head-on smash that killed four people near Gisborne, including his partner and son, say he was a devoted father and there was no way he would have been drinking. Kirsten Steinke, a newly-wed critically injured in a car crash that killed her husband, will board an international air ambulance flight at Hamilton Airport on Tuesday, bound for her home in Colorado.

A specialist American medical team spent the last two days being briefed by Waikato hospital about Ms Steinke's condition in preparation for flight.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports the parents of a boy attacked by a boxer-cross dog discovered he had been mauled when his sister dragged him inside the house to safety.

Matuaho Elliott, aged three, needed a two-hour operation to close the wound on his face. A 'man for all seasons': the paper carries a large picture of the late Sir Wilson Whineray with the Rugby World cup.

Former teammates say his accessible approach made him a captain who could ''waft between the farmers . . . and the smart-arse students''.

The Press

The Press reports earthquake-weary Cantabrians escaping to Auckland have pushed up house prices in expensive suburbs.

However, a report written for Auckland Council by NZIER concludes that those who shifted from Canterbury to the city were largely skilled, high income and wealthy and were likely to boost the city's economy.


The Otago Daily Times reports Taieri College principal Christina Herrick has resigned. Mrs Herrick posted an email on the school's website last Friday, informing the community she had asked the board of trustees to accept her resignation on medical grounds. Police were "stoked" to find a pig hunter, feared dead after he failed to return from an expedition on Sunday afternoon.