7 Dec 2009

Morning Report: local papers

6:20 am on 7 December 2009

Monday's papers: discontent within Labour Party over nationhood speech by Goff; $560,000 salary for head of Transport Agency; women being urged to join the police.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports Labour Party leader Phil Goff is facing discontent within the party over his controversial nationhood speech. Party president Andrew Little says he has personal concerns about the speech.

Climate Change Minister Nick Smith says the Copenhagen summit is gathering momentum and is set to do "real business".

And despite his car plunging down a bank, a motorist walked away from the accident without a scratch.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with the Copenhagen summit: it reports world leaders are changing their plans in a last minute rush to save the world.

The highest paid public service head is Transport Agency chief executive Geoff Dangerfield, who receives a salary of $560,000. Some 19% of the agency's staff are earning six-figure salaries.

And there's a photo of United Future leader Peter Dunne dressed as Santa's elf, taking part in a Christmas Parade at Johnsonville.

The Press

The Press says three companies want to build massive dairy farms in the Mackenzie basin where cows would live in cubicle-like stables most of the time. Opponents warn the plan will tarnish New Zealand's environmental reputation.

Australian football officials are dismissing the idea of New Zealand hosting World Cup games, even if Australia wins the right to host the 2018 or 2022 tournament.

And there's a large picture of Santa Claus at Christchurch's annual parade.


The Otago Daily Times leads with the coroner opening an investigation into the death of a Dunedin man who fell down a mountain in Mt Aspiring Park.

Women are being urged to join the police in a recruitment drive aimed at increasing the number of female officers.

And an Environment Court challenge to the realignment of Lovelock Avenue in Dunedin's Botanic Gardens has been dropped.