4 Jun 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:12 am on 4 June 2013

Tuesday's headlines: New Zealand woman drowned while trying to save her fiance at a beach in Western Australia; lockdown regime at Spring Hill prison blamed for riot; annual polar plunge will be held in Dunedin on 16 June, despite subsidence damage to the Esplanade.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports a New Zealand woman drowned while trying to save her fiance at a beach in Western Australia. Andrea Harris went to help Kegan Myall after he slipped off rocks, but as she got him to safety, she herself was swept away.

Mr Myall jumped back in and tried unsuccessfully to save her.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times says an excessive lockdown regime introduced by managers at the Spring Hill Corrections Facility was the reason for the riot at the prison on Saturday.

Kylie Murray, a friend of an inmate, told the paper the prisoners get only 40 minutes to one hour per day outside their cells.

And a schoolgirl remains in a critical condition in Waikato hospital with burns to her face, chest and arms after a factory fire in Rotorua.

The blaze killed Western Heights High school student Mihinui Tamiana.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says investigators will dig out early records to help determine the cause of the Kingston landslide. Thirty five people are still homeless after the slip, which affected eight houses.The city council says it will pull files from when the Kingston subdivision was built in the 1960s or 70s, to find out how it was constructed.

And the pin has been pulled on the ambulance triage centre in Courtenay Place after a drop in the number of drunks being treated.

The Press

The Press leads with more on the death of Andrea Harris, 29, who died at the weekend while trying to save her fiance Kegan Myall. He had slipped into the sea while fishing off rocks near Esperance, in west Australia.

And employers are becoming increasingly relaxed about staff with tattoos. Christchurch Casino chief executive Brett Anderson told the paper the casino has been relaxing the rules on workers showing tattoos on the gaming floor, over the past 3 years.


The Otago Daily Times says Captain Cook Tavern in Dunedin could close by the middle of this month. Dominion Breweries has been told to vacate the building within 10 working days.

And the St Clair Surf Lifesaving Club will proceed with its annual polar plunge, despite subsidence damage to the Esplanade. The paper says the 2013 event will be held between St Clair and Middle beach on Sunday, 16 June.