10 Dec 2010

Morning Report: local papers

7:05 am on 10 December 2010

Friday's headlines: Poppies to be made in China and assembled in China; housing eviction appellants advised to go to Human Rights Commission.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with news of two accidents - one of them fatal - on Dominion Road in Auckland on Thursday.

The crashes have led to debate about whether a proposed $50 million plan to widen the route will make it any safer.

An Auckland lawyer has asked Parliament for an investigation into the way ACC is using a small group of doctors to reject claims on the grounds of pre-injury degenerative conditions.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports the widows of war veterans and people with intellectual disabilities are to lose their jobs making Anzac Day poppies.

That's because the Royal New Zealand RSA has awarded an Australian company the tender to make the poppies from 2012. The parts will be made in China and assembled across the Tasman.

A battle to evict three gang-linked women looks set to go another round - it has already cost Housing New Zealand more than $550,000. The Court of Appeal said on Thursday that the women must take a different route to try and overturn their eviction from Farmer Crescent in Pomare.

So after 18 months and four levels of the legal system, the women will now complain to the Human Rights Commission that they were discriminated against because of their Mongrel Mob partners.

The Press

In The Press, the vice president of the Christchurch RSA describes the poppies decision as 'abhorrent.' The local RSA has held the contract since 1931.

A central Christchurch building that became the media focus of the earthquake on 4 September, is the first commercial property to get approval to rebuild. It's the former Westende Jewellers site in Manchester St.


The Otago Daily Times reports a Delta lineman from Alexandra was killed on the Millennium Track when the power pole he was working on came out of the ground.

Twenty four cars, motorcycles, boats, and trailers hoarded and later forfeited by convicted fraudster Michael Swann, are being stored in Dunedin before an auction early next year.