18 Feb 2010

Morning Report: local papers

6:55 am on 18 February 2010

Thursday's headlines: Woman faces murder charge for leaving her young son in a bath; athlete vows to compete at Commonwealth Games despite terrorist threat; coronor urges fluorescent cycle vests be made compulsory.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a mother facing a murder charge for leaving her 13-month-old son in a bath. The woman, 29, initially faced a manslaughter charge.

Hundreds of thousands of people may not know who is managing their KiwiSaver money because of problems with getting their addresses correct.

Aucklanders stifled by the heat should sleep easier from Friday. Thursday night should be the last in a run of warm nights, where the overnight temperature in the city has not fallen below 20 degrees.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports that Wellington City Council will vote on Thursday in favour of a city wide liquor ban. People carrying open liquor in a public place would be breaking the bylaw and could be arrested.

New Zealand singer Hollie Smith's record deal with a US label has collapsed, leaving her broke and unable to pay her rent. Official concerns for New Zealand athletes at the Indian Commonwealth Games are revealed in newly obtained Cabinet papers.

The Press

The Press leads with a vow by athlete Rebecca Wardle to compete at the Commonwealth Games despite a terrorist threat. She says that failure to compete hands victory to terrorists.

Two New Zealand veterans from the 1965 Indonesia Confrontation, are pictured reunited for the first time in 40 years.

Hundreds gathered in the Christchurch Cathedral to farewell Vanessa Pickering, who was remebered as a 'hard-case' mother devoted to her seven-year-old daughter.


The Otago Daily Times leads with the prison sentences for three Queenstown men who ran a drug ring with international connections. Caterers from the Maniototo Catholic Women's League are pictured hanging up their aprons after 56 years of consecutive catering for the Maniototo A & P show.

A coronor has called for fluorescent cycle vests to be made compulsory.