18 Dec 2013

Morning Report: local papers

6:53 am on 18 December 2013

Wednesday's headlines: NZ Herald editorial says 'It's time to go, Mayor Brown'; the kiwi evolving from a tiny bird that may have flown here from Australia; Woolspinners plant in Oamaru now under new ownership.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the headline 'It's time to go, Mayor Brown'. A front page editorial is calling for Mayor Len Brown to resign following the release of the Ernst & Young review into his extramarital affair. It says he must go in the interest of Auckland and Aucklanders.

The paper also details changes at the TVNZ show Seven Sharp and reports on research from Flinders University in Adelaide which found the kiwi is probably descended from an ancestor that flew in from Australia.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times leads with the headline: 'Puff shop must move'. The paper says a legal high store in Hamilton East is blamed for a rise in aggressive and intimidating behaviour in the neighbourhood. It says residents may have to wait three months for the council to close the shop.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports on a school leavers party held by two boarding schools in Masterton. When police turned up, the paper says they found one adult supervising 100 drunken teenagers, cannabis being smoked and no food or water for party-goers.

Katie Hughes, 16, is pictured jumping off the Taranaki Street diving platform in Wellington. The platform has been closed since February while protective barriers are installed.

The Press

The Press leads with details of new alcohol laws due to come into effect in In Christchurch on Wednesday. The new law could see bar owners fined $10,000 if patrons are caught slurring their words or spilling drinks. Christchurch Police Alcohol Prevention leader Gordon Spite said the new legislation had formalised what intoxicated meant for the first time.

Meanwhile the paper has more on the story about the kiwi evolving from a tiny bird that may have flown here from Australia.


The Otago Daily Times reports on the results of a survey of Agresearch employees. The paper says more than 40% of those who responded say they will retire or find work elsewhere rather than move as part of a resturcturing plan at the organisation.

The paper also says about half of the 192 staff made redundant following the sale of the former Summit Woolspinners plant in Oamaru have been rehired. It says the factory is now under new ownership and is being modernised.