13 Dec 2010

Morning Report: local papers

7:13 am on 13 December 2010

Monday's headlines: Slashed police officer thought it was all over; Auckland Mayor seen as blotting his copybook by accepting campaign funds from SkyCity; ferry emergency sparked by Jewish prayer ritual.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports a police officer thought it was all over as he lay on the side of the road while being slashed by a machete in a frenzied attack.

Senior Constable Bruce Mellor is picutred. He remains in Palmerston North Hospital.

Gambling opponents say Auckland Mayor Len Brown has blotted an otherwise good copybook in accepting campaign funds from SkyCity.

Mr Brown's financial returns include a contribution of $15,000 from the casino operator. Sky City says it made a similar contribution to John Banks.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post also leads with Senior Constable Mellor who's described as a popular and humble 35-year police veteran.

Also on the front page: the race relations commissioner says an emergency sparked by a Jewish prayer ritual on a passenger ferry shows an exaggerated fear of terrorism in New Zealand.

Armed police were called to Picton wharf on Sunday after Interislander crew observed a man strapping small boxes to himself.

Air New Zealand is removing a scene from its in-flight safety video after complaints from members of the gay community.

The offending scene depicts All Black Richard Kahui declining to peck the cheek of gay flight attendant.

The Press

The Press says the United States moved to strengthen military relations with New Zealand as far back as 2007 but the negotiations were so secret, both countries agreed they would talk publicly only under extreme duress.

In other news: the Pike River mine ventilation shaft has been capped.

And seven months after four-year-old Nayan Woods was killed by an out-of-control driver, an interactive garden at the Linwood Playcentre has opened in his memory.


The Otago Daily Times reports that a charitable trust at the centre of poker-machine issues is unable to return proceeds to the community.

The Department of Internal Affairs says it is in discussions with The Trusts Charitable in relation to the way it distributes grants.