8 Jul 2009

Morning Report: local papers

6:47 am on 8 July 2009

Wednesday's papers: aircraft propeller smashes window in mid-air; bus drivers fired and $500,000 is missing; contracts let for work on new Dunedin sports stadium.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports passengers on a Great Barrier Airline's flight watched in horror as a propeller came off in mid-air, smashing a window in the aircraft and ripping off a door.

More New Zealanders are cutting their spending because of the recession. According to a new survey, the dollars they do spend are going on food, fashion and fun.

Accident and medical centres in Auckland are struggling to cope with the rising number of swine flu cases.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports nine bus drivers have been fired and $500,000 is missing after a failure in the payment system was exploited.

Soccer player James Derbyshire is pictured on the front page. He played for Manchester United reserves last year and has now signed with Miramar Rangers.

Kenyan Peter Gitau has met Khandallah Young Anglicans who funded his schooling and shelter through Save The Children.

The Press

The Press leads with reaction to the reduction in sentence for convicted rapist and murderer Liam Reid. The family of victim Emma Agnew say they are disappointed and frustrated he will serve 23 years, not his sentence of 26 years.

Commuter numbers are rising in Christchurch: half the population of Selwyn and Waimakariri commute to Christchurch each day.

Sheep are pictured in training for a race this Saturday: eight sheep have been trained to run around an 800 metre track.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times reports two Dunedin companies have secured a $50 million contract for work on the new Dunedin sports stadium.

Queenstown Airport says is confident its noise boundary plan change will be approved.

An assault on a female jogger on Monday night has sparked a manhunt for the attacker. A student, 18, was slashed with a broken bottle when she tried to fight off the assailant.