18 Oct 2010

Morning Report: local papers

7:05 am on 18 October 2010

Monday's headlines: Shortfall of 23,000 health workers projected by 2021; FIFA officials accused of selling voting rights for the 2018 World Cup; turnaround on foreign investment policy by Labour.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald says a secret recording of a meeting in Auckland is at the centre of an international scandal in which senior FIFA officials are accused of selling voting rights for the 2018 World Cup.

One of those men at the centre of the accusations is Oceania Football Confederation president Reynald Temarii who reportedly asked for $3 million to pay for a football academy in Auckland.

Labour is said to have made a dramatic turnaround on its foreign investment policy and now says it will turn down big land sales to overseas buyers except in exceptional circumstances.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post talks to a young woman who spent 73 days in a coma, after a car crash that killed two teenagers and injured her small daughter.

Front seat passenger Phillipa Jonassen urges drivers to take more care.

Pressure is said to be mounting on actors to reach a deal with producers of The Hobbit. A decision on the shooting location of the films is expected within a fortnight.

And Piri Weepu is putting on a brave face from hospital, after suffering a season-ending leg injury at the weekend.

The Press

In The Press, the Government says a projected shortfall of 23,000 health workers by 2021 is a key threat to New Zealand's health system.

Cantabrians are being asked to spread the word globally that Christchurch is back on its feet.

Mayor Bob Parker is worried business and tourist links are still being hurt because of a perception Christchurch was levelled by the magnitude 7.1 earthquake on 4 September.

A text from his mother confirmed that Sonny Bill Williams was in the All Blacks.

Williams was flying from Christchurch to Auckland on Sunday for promotional activities and missed the official announcement.


The Otago Daily Times reports a man who helped two police officers attacked in Alexandra on Friday night says he is not a hero.

Bar manager Roger Stenning said he did not have time to think about whether to help the officers who were dealing with a man suspected of damaging a police car.