1 Feb 2010

Morning Report: local papers

10:20 am on 1 February 2010

Monday's headlines: International Panel on Climate Change information found wanting once again; parking tickets issued in Dunedin up by up nearly 5000 last year; record 20,000 Phoenix match in Christchurch.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald features the fatal attack on cab driver, Hiren Mohini and an attempt by those first on the scene to save his life. Witnesses report seeing stab wounds to his neck and chest. Police are still hunting his attacker.

Meanwhile, the Taxi Federation is calling for security cameras to be placed in all cabs and wants legislation passed to make it happen.

The International Panel on Climate Change has been found wanting once again in the information it's providing.

A 2007 report on disappearing mountain ice in the Andes, Africa and the Alps has been found to be based on anecdotal evidence from mountain climbers and quotes from a magazine article and a student's MA thesis.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with the attack on an Auckland cab driver under the headline, 'Dad killed for a $20 fare'.

Transport Minister Steven Joyce is promising to meet with taxi driver representatives to discuss what further security measures need to be introduced.

Inside the paper, a parent is complaining about two police cars skidding within metres of a bouncy castle at a school fundraiser.

And in a first, the winner of the Wellington Cup carnival's fashion contest, is a man.

The Press

The Press features the record 20,000 crowd that turned out for the Wellington Phoenix match at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

Benefactor Martin Coffey puts up $100,000 to help rebuild the St Albans swimming pool, which was closed by Christchurch City Council.


The Otago Daily Times leads with an increase in the number of parking tickets issued in Dunedin: up nearly 5000 on 2008 to 70,000. Despite this, the council insists it does not have quotas for parking wardens to fill.

And there's more on the double life of slain millionaire businessman, Herman Rockefeller, who is said to have had a secret girlfriend and links to Melbourne's swingers scene.