13 Aug 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:15 am on 13 August 2013

Tuesday's headlines: Demolition work begins at Carisbrook stadium; proposed new law could ban suspected child abusers from being around children for up to 10 years; regional development strategy promised by Labour leader.

NZ Herald

The front page of The New Zealand Herald has a picture of the scene at Maungatapu Bridge in Tauranga after a van plunged off the side following a three-car crash.

Five people were injured including a police officer who jumped off the bridge to rescue a passenger in the van. It says the body of the driver is still in the submerged van.

In other news: the Herald says two large public transport organisations - Auckland Transport and KiwiRail are holding inquiries into separate accusations of corruption over contracts.

The Waikato Times reveals that only half of Waikato hospital emergency department patients who need to be urgently seen by a doctor, are getting that help within 10 minutes.

And a Cambridge woman has been remanded for a psychiatric report after admitting to defrauding Work & Income of nearly $200,000.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post details a proposed new law which could ban suspected child abusers from being around children for up to 10 years, even when they have not been convicted of a crime. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said it could affect up to 80 people a year.

And the paper has a picture of former All Black Jonah Lomu during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

In an updated version of his autobiography, the paper says he reveals that just hours into the celebrations he was battling kidney failure, as his body began to reject the transplanted organ he had had for seven years.

The Press

The Press leads with a picture of Jamie Vinton-Boot, 30, who was swept to his death by an avalanche in the Remarkables mountain range. His mother Jennifer told the paper he was a magnificant person who loved the mountains.

And the paper has more on a proposed law which could ban suspected child abusers from being around children. The paper says under the law if CYFS believes someone poses a threat, judges could impose the ban for up to 10 years.


The Otago Daily Times has a picture showing the start of demolition work at Carisbrook stadium in Dunedin. The paper says Calder Stewart bought the stadium for $3.3 million earlier this year, but no details on its redevelopment have been released.

In other news: David Shearer told the paper during a visit to Dunedin on Monday a strategy for regional development would be one of the first things a Labour Goverment would look at.