17 Nov 2010

Morning Report: local papers

8:21 am on 17 November 2010

The Royal wedding announcement is to the fore after Clarence House revealed that Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry in the middle of next year.

NZ Herald

In other news: The New Zealand Herald features a surfing disaster, when an after-work outing to Maori Bay, near Muriwai, went horribly wrong.

Tom Palastanga ended up with a piece of surfboard embedded in his face after the accident. Two specialists took four hours to remove it, and rebuild his eye socket.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports a taxpayer-funded trust - awarded Government contracts worth up to $1.5 million - is being investigated by police.

Taeaomanino Trust, based at Porirua, faces allegations about over-inflated expense claims and senior managers employing relatives and then pocketing their salaries.

And it's been revealed that staff at Hutt Hospital left a swab inside a patient after they were distracted by a cellphone call.

The Press

The Press says supermarkets in Canterbury are relying on outside support to supply Canterbury with food. Foodstuffs has warned shelves could empty as Christmas nears.

More than two months after the earthquake, Progressive Enterprises and Foodstuffs' operations in Christchurch are still crippled, with many products shipped from the North Island directly to stores.

New Christchurch City Councillor Aaron Keown has confessed to a bomb-hoax prank at the South City Mall that went horribly wrong.

In an interview with The Press for a feature article, Mr Keown, who is a staunch law-and-order candidate, admitted he fell foul of the law in 1997, when he made a bomb-hoax call to a business at the mall.


The Otago Daily Times reports Education Minister Anne Tolley as saying that consultation on the restructuring of six South Dunedin schools has begun.

Police are proceeding with charges for offences committed during Blossom Festival weekend despite questions over whether a paperwork botch-up denied defendants their rights.