6 Aug 2010

Morning Report: local papers

7:35 am on 6 August 2010

Friday's headlines: concern expressed that Chief Justice may have to resign; DHB chief executive quits saying he can't cut costs further; meeting demands neurosurgery services be retained in Dunedin.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says an airline pilot has been grounded and is under investigation after allegations of alcohol and drug abuse. It's also alleged he supplied an illegal substance to a female cabin attendant.

Leading lawyer Jim Farmer QC, has expressed concern that the Chief Justice, Dame Sian Elias, may have to resign if Supreme Court Judge Bill Wilson is forced from office.

Justice Wilson may become the first judge to be investigated by a judicial conduct panel, but is trying to block that proceeding. It's alleged Dame Sian may have given some sort of approval for Justice Wilson's actions.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports Capital & Coast District Health Board chief executive Ken Whelan has quit saying he can't cut costs further without undermining patient care.

The New Zealand International Arts Festival may lose money after ticket sales fell short by 20,000 to 30,000.

Sothea Sinn of Wellington won $60,000 at Sky City casino in Auckland, but is being denied the prize because of a self-imposed ban he thought had expired.

The Press

The Press says public service chiefs have wined and dined at the taxpayers' expense, spending $180,000 on food and drink over two years.

A plan to build a national music school in Cathedral Square has been blocked by the University of Canterbury.

Six All Blacks are pictured with Scott Martlew who has had a leg amputated after a rugby injury.


The Otago Daily Times leads with a public meeting held in Dunedin to demand neurosurgery services be retained in the city. The meeting heard a message from National's regional MPs supporting services being based in Christchurch and Dunedin - among the signatories was Finance Minister Bill English.

Clutha Mayor Juno Hayes is retiring after 33 years in local government and 12 years as mayor. He says "I'll miss it like hell".