27 Oct 2008

Morning Report: local papers

7:52 am on 27 October 2008

Monday's papers: $1 reserve price set on house at auction; curb wanted on poaching of sports stars by schools; fee increases tipped for directors of council companies in Dunedin.

NZ Herald

Under the headline "Going, going, gone", The New Zealand Herald reports on the auction of a luxury house, with a reserve price of $1. But the house went for significantly more than that: $685,000 - about $300,000 below valuation.

The Herald also has details of John Key's plan to help people who lose their jobs, saying money generated by the bank deposit guarantee scheme could cover his plans.

And the paper reports a disgraced Wanganui obstetrician, Dr Roman Hasil, has been linked to an unsolved murder.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post has a full colour photo of a team of masters grade marchers, who say their skirts have been given the marching orders for the coming season. They've been told pants would be more "age appropriate".

The paper also reports a trust set up to receive half the money New Zealand First was ordered to repay, was not registered until after the party said the money had been donated.

The Press

The Press reports an experienced climber has fallen to his death on Mount Philistine. The victim managed the Arthurs Pass Outdoor Education Centre.

Labour's sports spokesman Clayton Cosgrove is supporting calls to curb the number of sports stars being poached by Christchurch schools.


The Otago Daily Times says directors of Dunedin City Council companies are expected to have fee increases of up to 30% confirmed next week - despite calls from some councillors that more restraint be shown in current economic conditions.

The ODT also depicts a new aerosol mural painted for the Otago Softball Association.