12 Aug 2009

Morning Report: local papers

7:19 am on 12 August 2009

Wednesday's papers: Ex-MPs intend to fight any move to strip them of their travel discounts; 50,000 fewer tickets issued by speed cameras due to technical glitch; female high school pupils not allowed play rugby with the boys.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a headline message from ex-MPs: 'Hands off our perks!'

The paper says an association representing about 140 former MPs intends to fight any move to strip them of their travel discounts.

The "big two" of mobile phones say a campaign seeking regulation in their industry could result in phone users facing charges for receiving calls, minimum monthly spending caps and higher handset prices.

A hunt is on for the killer of Leeanne Kingston, a mother of four who was found dead at her home in Papakura on Monday.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports that gremlins in new hi-tech police speed cameras have led to more than 50,000 fewer tickets being issued - a drop in revenue of at least $4 million.

The Government is backing school sports with an $82 million funding boost but Labour warns it will do little to get "couch potato" children into physical activity.

And the United Nations Children's Fund supports the Goodie in a Hoodie Day. It encourages New Zealanders of all ages to wear hoodies and to "empathise with youth."

The Press

The Press reports the Telethon charity KidsCan Charitable Trust last year spent less than 20% of the money it raised on programmes for disadvantaged children. Questions are being asked about the organisation's cost structure.

Female pupils at Cashmere High School are annoyed they cannot play rugby with the boys.

A rugby sevens tournament has been introduced as part of inter-house lunchtime competitions there, but it will be a boys-only affair.


The Otago Daily Times reports Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe has told Dunedin that if it wants trans-Tasman flights reinstated, then the community will need to underwrite any losses.

Organisers of the Undie 500 event are calling on Dunedin bars to be more responsible hosts this year to help avoid student chaos synonymous with the event in recent years.