5 Oct 2009

Morning Report: local papers

6:09 am on 5 October 2009

Monday's headlines: Possibility of oil exploration in Fiordland; gunman remains at large after police and a farm worker were fired on near Dannevirke; hundreds of motorists stranded by heavy snow in the central North Island.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the plight of those who survived last week's Pacific tsunami.

The paper reports thousands of people have set up camp in the hills inland above the stricken south coast of Samoa, afraid or unable to go home.

Meanwhile, the Government has doubled its aid to Samoa and Tonga, putting in another $1 million.

Questions over free live cover of the Rugby World Cup if a bid by Maori Television for the right to screen the games succeeds.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports a body was found in a gunman's car on Sunday, after police and a farm worker were fired on, sparking a massive police hunt near Dannevirke. The gunman remains at large.

Prime Minister John Key was driven at more than twice the legal speed limit across battered Samoan roads during a visit at the weekend.

Hundreds of motorists have been stranded near Napier and Waiouru by heavy snow in the central North Island.

The Press

The Press reports the Government is considering reversing a ban on mining to allow oil exploration in New Zealand's last great wilderness area, Fiordland.

The toll from last week's tsunami has risen to five New Zealanders, with another three missing and presumed dead.

Ice and frosts are likely to be a danger on many inland Canterbury roads this morning.

A wintry snap which brought hail and snow to parts of the South Island over the weekend is clearing only slowly.


The Otago Daily Times quotes Green Party leader Metiria Turei as saying the possibility of oil exploration in Fiordland is a "national disgrace".

Dunedin City Council will block uncontrolled public access to its employees following several "near misses" with angry ratepayers.