2 Dec 2010

Morning Report: local papers

7:12 am on 2 December 2010

Thursday's headlines: West Coast to come to a standstill to remember the 29 men in the Pike River coal mine; NZSO faces difficult times; house quake repairs to be delayed by infrastructure work in Canterbury.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports a high flying financial analyst is named as the man accused of a road rage attack that left a motorist with two broken legs and a shattered ankle.

Guy Hallwright has been charged with reckless disregard for the safety of another and causing grevious bodily harm. He says he will defend the charges.

The West Coast and much of New Zealand will come to a standstill on Thursday to remember the 29 men in one of the country's worst tragedies.

But at Pike River itself, work will go on uninterrupted to try to recover their bodies.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports that despite standing ovations in Europe, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra faces a possible shake-up after one of the most difficult times in its 64-year history.

Documents reveal that the NZSO has been in talks with Government agencies about its future and its relationship with the four regional orchestras.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was sentenced for cannabis possession on Wednesday, receiving a $250 fine and conviction after police caught him on his yacht at Tauranga bridge marina.

The Press

The Press says thousands of Canterbury families will not be able to return to their earthquake-damaged homes for about three years.

The second Earthquake Commission land report says as far as 3300 severely damaged properties are concerned, work will be delayed by the building of underground dams and new infrastructure.


The Otago Daily Times reports that two of the country's biggest property insurers say declaring most of Dunedin's flat land at risk of liquefaction will not change the way two they treat the city.

Air New Zealand has added the Queenstown Airport Corporation directors to its claim in the High Court at Christchurch, alleging "unlawful conduct" in respect of a strategic alliance between Queenstown and Auckland airports.