5 Nov 2012

Morning Report: local papers

7:31 am on 5 November 2012

Monday's headlines: Sir Miles Warren giving his property at Governor's Bay to the people of New Zealand; more than 1100 convictions amassed by New Zealand's most prolific criminal; dry, hot summer forecast for Waikato region.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports more than 40 executives at three of New Zealand's top companies now earn more than $1 million per year.

However, businessman Ian Taylor says he can no longer remain silent on the debate around executive salaries. He told the paper he has not had a pay rise in a decade and has made a personal commitment not to until he's satisfied his workforce is paid what they are worth.

The paper also features a list of the top 10 recidivist offenders, with New Zealand's most prolific criminal amassing more than 1100 convictions.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with the death of lawyer Greg King.

Fellow defence lawyer Robert Layborn said he regarded Mr King as the epitome of professionalism and a man of enormous energy, and says New Zealand has lost ''something very special''. Summer is set to be a sparkler in Waikato. NIWA is forecasting a dry, hot summer for the region, with the Coromandel labelled this summer's "place to be".

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports some families of men killed in the Pike River explosion want criminal charges to be laid against the mine's managers and directors. A report to be issued on Monday is expected to show profits were put before safety. Forty cyclists had punctures after tacks were scattered in the path of a race in Upper Hutt on Sunday.

The Press

The Press also leads with Pike River, with recommendations from the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the mining tragedy to be issued on Monday afternoon.

The paper reports they are expected to include sweeping changes to the mine-safety regime and wider health and safety laws.

Architect Sir Miles Warren is featured strolling through the garden of Ohinetahi. Sir Miles announced on Sunday that he was giving his famous Governor's Bay property to the people of New Zealand.


The Otago Daily Times which says an unemployed Dunedin man is believed to have died after inhaling from several gas canisters, which were found near his body in the Dunedin Botanic Garden early on Sunday. About 30 motorists in Dunedin and Oamaru encountered engine problems after filling their vehicles with contaminated petrol last Friday. The fuel was contaminated with water during "routine pipeline testing" at a terminal in Dunedin earlier in the day.