30 Aug 2010

Morning Report: local papers

6:46 am on 30 August 2010

Monday's headlines: Big section of Cape Kidnappers land owned by American claimed by East Coast Maori; Transport Agency estimates the social cost of road crashes at $4.3 billion annually; Silver Ferns lose first netball Test to Australia.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports a poll of politicians suggests only drinkers aged 20 and older will be able to buy alcohol at bottle stores, dairies and supermarkets after MPs vote on the issue next year.

Cricket has been stung by one of its biggest bribery and corruption scandals - and two New Zealand umpires are unwittingly caught up in it.

Tony Hill and Billy Bowden have been officiating in the Pakistan - England Test.

Taxpayers are said to be facing a bill for $1.5 billion unless South Canterbury Finance can be pulled from the brink of failure before Tuesday night.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says East Coast Maori are claiming a big section of Cape Kidnappers land owned by American billionaire Julian Robertson.

The Auditor-General has begun an inquiry into a complaint about Lower Hutt Mayor David Ogden's handling of large sums that were owed to the city by Terry Serepisos.

Despite a solid start, the Silver Ferns crumbled to lose the first netball Test to Australia by five goals in Adelaide.

The Press

The Press carries figures that show road crashes are costing Canterbury $1.4 million per day.

The Canterbury Road Safety Report issued by the Transport Agency estimates the social cost of road crashes at $4.3 billion annually, with Canterbury's share amounting to $509 million.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan says match-fixing accusations featuring Pakistan are damaging the sport and he has called for a swift resolution.


The Otago Daily Times says South Canterbury Finance remains hopeful last-minute negotiations will deliver an 11th-hour lifeline to the southern company.

The Mayor of Gore District Council says plans for a lignite-to-diesel conversion plant and urea plant in Southland are so significant the Government could fast-track their resource consents.