5 Sep 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:07 am on 5 September 2013

Thursday's headlines: Pukeuri export certification to China suspended for a second time; 100 jobs lost with the closure of Learning Media; family say disappearance of Hamilton man out of character.

NZ Herald

Under the headline 'Schools ban hundreds', The New Zealand Herald reports dozens of disruptive children are being 'excluded' for more than a term and in one case a teenager has missed 305 school days. The papers says delays in finding troublesome children a new school have sparked concerns that at-risk children are falling through the cracks.

And the paper also headlines its coverage of the double homicide in rural South Auckland with the headline reading "Deadly love inside the bedroom murders".

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with concerns for a Hamilton man missing since Monday. Rick Hayward's family told the paper he is a spontaneous person, but his disappearance is out of character.

Also on the front page: the paper has pictures of the catwalk show by the Hamilton label NYNE which the paper says wowed crowds at New Zealand fashion week.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports on the loss of 100 jobs lost with the closure of Learning Media, an SOE which publishes the School Journal. The paper says the publisher has struggled ever since it lost an exclusive deal with the Ministry of Education last year.

A front page picture from New Zealand fashion focuses on wedding gowns. Fashion for grooms was not overlooked with the paper reporting that trousers were tight and short enough to show a little sock.

The Press

The Press lead story begins with a claim that the city's ratepayers in Christchurch could soon be able to make money out of thin air. A property developer is proposing that the council rent out public space over footpaths and roads for balconies, airbridges and other protrusions.

In other news: the paper reports on a hearing to be held on Thursday to decide the fate of a dog which fatally mauled another pet.


The Otago Daily Times reports that freezing workers are on 'tenterhooks' with news that the Pukeuri plant at Oamaru has had its certification to export to China suspended for a second time. No date has been set for a return to work for about 240 freezing workers who were laid off on 8 August.

And finally the paper reports the Minister of Justice is sending a simple message to those people who owe fines in Otago and Southland, "Come to us before we come FOR you!"