23 Oct 2009

Morning Report: local papers

6:54 am on 23 October 2009

Friday's papers: ACC revamp ahead; Ranfurly Shield result reaches inner Mongolia where Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt texts that he's "thrilled" by Southland's 9-3 win over Canterbury.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports the accident compensation scheme faces a major revamp after the Prime Minister all but confirmed it will soon face private competition in the employers' account, covering workplace accidents.

Tragedy struck a group of American tourists on Monday night: Matthew Hawkins felt the heights of joy as his girlfriend said "yes" when he asked her to marry him. She died the next day during a dolphin swim in the Marlborough Sounds.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says murderer and double rapist Christopher Watkins broke out of the minimum security prison Rangipo prison on Thursday and was at large for more than 10 hours.

The Court of Appeal has ordered an inquiry after a juror said a man was found guilty of rape, because the juror did not want to spend another night in a hotel during deliberations.

The Press

The Press reports Christchurch City Council has told the Law Commission that strong alcohol controls, including a minimum drinking age, health warnings and restrictions on supermarket sales, should be imposed.

In more on the disputed rape case: the defence claims the trial judge should have discharged the jury long before the verdicts were taken.

News of Southland's 9-3 win over Canterbury in the Ranfurly Shield has reached inner Mongolia, where Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt is travelling with a group from the Southern Institute of Technology. Receiving the result by text update, Mr Shadbolt says he's 'thrilled.'


The Otago Daily Times describes the plight of a mother living in a rented toxic Dunedin property.

She and her family have learnt that the land beneath the house, which was previously the site of a wool scour, had lead levels between two - four times the safe limit for residential use.