15 Aug 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:00 am on 15 August 2013

meet Solid Energy bosses.

Thursday's headlines: Increase in the number of caesarean births last year in Auckland; strict conditions placed on Hagley Oval by the Environment Court; ''bad'' news expected when Huntly miners

meet Solid Energy bosses.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the story of a woman who could face a ban from driving after it was discovered she drove 300km in her sleep. She drove from Hamilton to Otara and then on the Bay of Plenty, but had no recollection of the journey when she was found at her old address in Mount Maunganui.

There was an increase in the number of caesarean births last year in Auckland, with calls for more facilities to focus on straightforward deliveries.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times describes a wave of criticism directed at Hamilton City Council chief executive Barry Harris for his other role as AgResearch deputy chairman. The insitute plans to cut 180 jobs from the city and the paper says Mr Harris has been branded a "Judas" by one mayoral candidate for backing the plans.

Huntly miners fear "bad or really, really bad" news on Thursday when they meet Solid Energy bosses to talk about the future of the mine. The paper says job losses are expected.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports that if Wellington people want an airport runway extension, they are going to have to contribute more money. Infratil is keen to invest, but wants to see more funds from local and central government.

On the front page; a Wellington teenager is pictured raising money for cancer patients by playing the piano for 24 hours over six days in three cities.

The Press

The Press leads with the headline, "Howzat! Grounds to Rejoice". The paper says several strict conditions have been placed on Hagley Oval's future by the Environment Court, but what is important is that Christchurch will host the Cricket World Cup.

In other news: the partner of alpinist Jamie Vinton-Boot, who died in an avalanche on Monday, always feared he would die doing what he loved.


The Otago Daily Times follows up Wednesday's meeting about AgResearch's plans to cut its Dunedin operation saying the delegates agreed there needs to be more, not less investment, in the Invermay facility. However, the paper says the action plan which was produced after the summit was big on potential but light on ideas.

And a waste-busting grandmother is to be Dunedin's poster-girl for reducing the amount of rubbish the city throws out.