22 Aug 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:19 am on 22 August 2013

Thursday's headlines: Deadline for repairing about 90,000 houses in Christchurch brought forward by a year; doctors being advised to watch what they tweet; Austrian ski team members lose their passports in a fire.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald carries photos of several bus drivers who were snapped by passengers using mobile phones or reading papers while at the wheel. The paper reports some drivers have been fined by police.

Police have charged a woman over the sale of property that was not on the market. In one case, an overseas couple paid a large sum for a property in Clevedon.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with an accusation about one of the candidates standing for the Hamilton mayoralty.

In other news: Hamilton's SkyCity is in for a revamp, with more of the casino to be set aside for an exclusive gaming area targeting international high rollers.

Dominion Post

Under the headline, 'Spy bill squeaks into law', The Dominion Post leads with the passing of the GCSB Bill in Parliament. The paper says the GCSB now has the power to spy on New Zealanders when acting under warrant and for other agencies including the SIS, the police and Defence.

The paper also says doctors are being advised to watch what they tweet, after some were reprimanded for overstepping the mark on social media.

The Press

The Press says the deadline for repairing about 90,000 houses in Christchurch has been brought forward by a year. Fletcher Building expects to complete the work on homes with damage under $100,000 by December next year, instead of 2015.

The front page also carries a picture of Cathy Allen and her dog Jack. They are among more than 50 red zone residents who have been photographed and shared their stories for an exhibition.


The Otago Daily Times reports on comments made by the head of AgResearch which appear to contradict its plans for the Invermay facility. Dr Tom Richardson has stressed the importance of ''regional innovation'' in the Waikato, which Dunedin mayor Dave Cull said is odd given the organisation's plans for Invermay.

Three members of the Austrian ski team in New Zealand for the Winter Games, who have lost their passports and clothes in a fire.