21 Sep 2010

Morning Report: local papers

6:48 am on 21 September 2010

Tuesday's headlines: decision delayed whether NZ athletes will attend the Commonwealth Games; $1 million worth of gold bars and foreign cash found in house by police; teachers and children return to school in Canterbury.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports police have lowered a high-tech camera into a drainage system on a central Auckland construction site in their search for a missing woman, Carmen Thomas. Employee time-sheets are being checked and nearby companies are being asked for CCTV footage.

Police have raided a house in Hamilton finding about $1 million worth of gold bars and foreign cash.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says the Government turned its back on advice urging a lower drink-driving limit. The paper says the Government ignored a claim that up to 33 lives and $238 million would be saved each year.

A Wellington pilot who successfully crash-landed his glider on a Paraparaumu street on Monday revealed it was his second crash-landing in the past 13 months.

The Press

The Press leads with Christchurch teachers and children returning to school two and a half weeks after the 7.1 earthquake hit Canterbury. They were given gifts and free lunches to provide a 'happy distraction' on their first day back.

The shooting of two Taiwanese tourists in New Delhi has delayed a decision on whether New Zealand athletes will attend next month's Commonwealth Games. The paper says the New Zealand Olympic Committee is seeking more information about the incident.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times reports a UK based energy consultancy firm has sent an engineer to New Zealand to look at the potential of alternative energy. Some suggestions of green energy generation sources include using tidal power in the Otago Harbour .

Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt says there were significant concerns about the strength of the roof of Stadium Southland during construction. The Minister for Building is going to Invercargill to find out why the roof collapsed under heavy snow.

Police have been kept busy by a recent spike in runaway incidents from Dunedin Child Youth & Family homes.