11 Sep 2009

Morning Report: local papers

6:22 am on 11 September 2009

Friday's papers: Goff admits Labour made mistakes with its 'nanny-state' policies; Australian skier killed and three snowboarders seriously injured on Canterbury ski-fields; Otago Polytechnic obtains $287,000 grant from charitable organisations in the United States.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with an admission by Labour leader Phil Goff that the party made mistakes with its so-called 'nanny-state' policies as he tries to win back voters turned off by Helen Clark's regime.

Labour's national conference in Rotorua this weekend will be Mr Goff's first as leader.

Police will no longer have trouble identifying a bank robber - he'll be the one in blue. The BNZ is installing spray units at its doors to douse fleeing robbers in a "synthetic DNA solution" that glows blue under ultraviolet light.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says the Government has bowed to intense public pressure, restoring the contentious western link road as a possible solution to congestion on the Kapiti Coast.

A Wairarapa landowner is accused of destroying 14 hectares of rare and protected wetlands to create more land for his farming venture.

The Press

The Press reports an Australian skier has been killed and three snowboarders seriously injured on Canterbury ski-fields.

A Tasmanian man, 51, died on Thursday in Christchurch Hospital's intensive care unit after a fall at the Porters ski area.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker has vowed to push ahead with a plan to buy the house where two bodies were found last week, despite the possibility it could involve an accused killer receiving money from ratepayers.

The cost of buying the Ellerslie international flower show may remain secret, despite the Chief Ombudsman's recommendation that Christchurch City Council reveal the figure.


The Otago Daily Times says dairying in the upper Waitaki basin is set for a massive boost, with the possibility of 22,000 more cows on up to 19 dairy farms between Lake Ohau and Omarama.

Unable to find enough financial backing in New Zealand, Otago Polytechnic looked further afield and has obtained a $287,000 grant from one of the largest charitable organisations in the United States.