19 Jul 2010

Morning Report: local papers

7:02 am on 19 July 2010

Monday's headlines: Former drug stronghold now back in hands of Black Power; young women becoming more violent; Melbourne schoolboys caught red-handed after shoplifting spree in Queenstown.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports police shot a man who opened fire on them in a dramatic shootout in West Auckland on Sunday.

The man was taken to hospital in a serious condition after being shot in the stomach in New Lynn.

A Black Power stronghold seized by police when a $1.5 million drug ring was smashed is now back in the hands of the gang after associates exploited a legal loophole to regain control of the Auckland property.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post leads with proposed changes to employment law. It says the so-called 'mental health day' could become extinct if bosses who suspect a worker of pulling sickies are allowed to demand they produce proof after only one day.

There's the story of Alison Murray who left a secure job to take up her dream position as an art valuer with Dunbar Sloane. But two weeks after starting, she received a letter telling her she was fired under the 90 day provision.

Tests carried out on some of the most popular swimming spots in New Zealand show only 57% were safe for swimming most of the time.

The Press

The Press says young New Zealand women are becoming more violent, with disorder and violence convictions more than doubling since 2000.

The paper spent Friday night on the streets with paramedics and says they're spending more time dealing with the drugged and drunk while trying to deal with an increasing number of attacks on their own personnel.

And the Mayor of Christchurch has repaid more than $600 worth of lattes, muffins and other cafe food charged to a council credit card.


The Otago Daily Times says southern union leaders have cried foul over the Government's far-reaching changes to employment laws, calling some aspects an attack on fundamental human rights.

Boys from a Melbourne single-sex Catholic school were caught red-faced and red-handed with $6000 worth of clothing and souvenirs, after a shoplifting spree in Queenstown on Saturday.