6 Aug 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:59 am on 6 August 2013

Tuesday's headlines: Chinese media starting to question New Zealand's 100% pure image; Kavanagh College rugby player in in a coma since a head injury on Saturday; injured pair found after five nights in bush on the West Coast.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with an apology by Fonterra over the infant formula scandal. Some worried and confused parents are taking their children to the doctor fearing the worst in the botulism scare.

The paper says Chinese media are starting to question New Zealand's 100% pure image.

In other news: Auckland had one of its driest Julys ever. NIWA says 32mm of rain fell, only 24% of the month's typical rainfall.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times has a large picture of Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings accompanied by the headline 'Is the dairy giant too big for its gumboots?'

The paper says a lack of transparency over the infant formula scare has left the public scared and angry.

In other news: a pizza hut delivery contractor has serious facial injuries after being lured to a vacant property in Hamilton and attacked with a metal pole on Sunday night.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says Government officials have swooped on Fonterra offices to double-check claims on the whereabouts of contaminated whey product. The paper says questions about how the incident unfolded are mounting, with the product in question manufactured in May last year.

A brother and sister who were injured and unable to move, have been found after five nights in bush on the West Coast.

The Press

The Press dedicates its front page to the Fonterra infant formula scandal with the headline 'PM staggered at delay'.

John Key told the paper there are gaps in the information Fonterra is providing to the Ministry for Primary Industries, and officials have been placed at sites in Auckland, Hamilton and Australia to verify what's going on.

And the paper has a picture of Beijing-based parents Li Ang and Li Jungyang and their baby son, who say they have little faith in Chinese milk producers, and are urging New Zealand to improve its products.

The Press

The Otago Daily Times says a call to action has gone out from the Mayor of Dunedin to southern business, agricultural and education leaders as part of the fight against job cuts at Agresearch. Eighty five jobs are set to go by 2016.

And a Kavanagh College rugby player remains in a coma after sustaining a head injury at a school rugby match on Saturday.