29 Sep 2010

Morning Report: local papers

6:59 am on 29 September 2010

Wednesday's headlines: killer's 175 previous convictions listed; NZ not prepared to deal with looming wave of dementia cases; Tonga raises $700,000 for earthquake relief in Canterbury.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald carries a warning to iPod listeners, after what is thought to be the third fatality of someone hit by a car or train while listening to one of the devices. Police say people should be vigilant about watching traffic while they walk or cycle, and not let themselves be distracted by music.

And it reports that Sean Davison, who wrote a book about the death of his cancer-striken mother, has now been charged with her attempted murder.

Dominion Post

The front page of The Dominion Post is dominated by the Wellington Phoenix. The paper says team owner Terry Serepisos has found the money to stave off ACC's threat of liquidation, but still owes $1.4 million to Wellington City Council.

Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert is pictured in connection with a story about a new heart monitor the team has bought.

And it reports the man who has pleaded guilty to killing Raymond Piper of Kapiti has 175 previous convictions.

The Press

The Press headlines a looming wave of dementia cases, with Health Minister Tony Ryall saying the country is not prepared to deal with the expected tripling of the number of cases by 2050.

It reports that Mike Hooper is being criticised in Indian papers for his lavish lifestyle as Commonwealth Games chief executive.

And Tonga has raised $700,000 for earthquake relief in Canterbury - that's about $8 for each Tongan.


The Otago Daily Times carries a picture of former Alexandra police officer, Neil Ford, who has been jailed for lying about a car crash he caused. The man who was wrongly blamed for the accident, Shane Cotter, says others still need to be held to account.

It also carries the story of author Sean Davison being charged with his mother's attempted murder.

The ODT says his 2009 book is ambiguous about how ailing mother died, but Mr Davison later admitted giving her a lethal dose of morphine.