7 Apr 2010

Morning Report: local papers

6:46 am on 7 April 2010

Wednesday's headlines: Paralympic gold medallist Adam Hall welcomed home; man killed by falling sheets of glass; diplomat involved in 1984 fatal crash was later dismissed from Chilean foreign service.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports large sheets of glass crashed down and killed a man at a North Shore industrial site on Wednesday night. Four of his workmates were injured while trying to rescue him.

And the paper reports that taxpayers are increasingly covering the legal costs when MPs are sued - but MPs can keep the use of public money secret under Parliament's rules.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says a police report alleges that hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars have been "siphoned off" by a Kapiti runanga, with some used to prop up failed business ventures.

Also on the front page: the diplomat involved in a fatal head-on car crash involving a Wellington woman in 1984 was dismissed from the Chilean foreign service in the early 1990s.

His fate emerged during a memorial service for Miss Macfarlane on Tuesday.

Wellington High School pupil Stephanie Bennington is pictured during a marathon 11 hour, 54 minute and 40km swim of Lake Taupo over Easter.

The Press

The Press reports a West Coast man will appear in court on Wednesday charged with murder after two bodies were found in a Hokitika house on Tuesday. Police said the men had been shot.

A Christchurch war hero has won the inaugural Anzac of the Year award.

Lieutenant Colonel John Masters, 75, has been recognised as best representing the Anzac spirit.

And the paper says its possible that heavy metal superstars Metallica could be playing a New Zealand tour in November, taking in Christchurch.


The Otago Daily Times reports colleagues and friends of Dunedin woman Lynne Marie Osborne are in shock at the news she died in a climbing accident on Mitre Peak on Monday.

Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin was one of about 400 well-wishers at Dunedin International Airport on Tuesday to welcome home Paralympic gold medallist Adam Hall.