14 Aug 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:26 am on 14 August 2013

Wednesday's headlines: War veteran's house was burgled while he was away battling a bout of bronchitis; late fees for rates' bungled by council; Dunedin summit to look at ways to grow the regional economy.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with accusations of exploitation against an Auckland employer. A group of five migrants told the paper they were not paid and had to live in city offices with no access to showers or a kitchen.

The paper says the employer rejects the claims, which are now the subject of a complaint to the Employment Relations Authority.

In other news: the paper has details from one of the survivors of Monday's bridge crash in Tauranga. Corey Crouch said he is struggling to come to terms with what happened, despite walking away with no injuries.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times says the job of Hamilton City Council chief executive Barry Harris has been described as untenable.The paper says Mr Harris, who is also the deputy chairman of AgResearch, voted to support the institute's decision to cut 180 jobs in the city.

And there's a picture of war veteran Michael Collins, 90, whose Glenview house was burgled while he was away battling a bout of bronchitis.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with the possibility of doctors questioning unemployed patients on their career goals as part of Government welfare reforms. The Ministry of Social Development has set up a panel to determine how the medical profession could help remove some of the barriers to work.

And Valerie Adams is pictured celebrating her gold medal win at the world athletic championships in Moscow.

The Press

'Council bungles late fees for rates' is the headline in The Press. For the past nine years when the council was setting rates, it neglected to formally set a due date, as well as penalties for late payment, creating a possible legal loophole.

In other news: a 230 volt power line ripped from a house during demolition, was left for days by a footpath near several Christchurch schools.


The Otago Daily Times leads with the start of the Dunedin summit on Wednesday. The summit is being led by Mayor Dave Cull and Otago Chamber of Commerce President Peter McIntyre. It will look at ways to grow the regional economy.

Police have received tip-offs concerning possible assets belonging to Michael Swann, who was released from prison last month to live in Christchurch but is still the subject of a $6 million pecuniary order.