21 Dec 2010

Morning Report: today's papers

6:30 pm on 21 December 2010

Tuesday's headlines: Former Hanover boss seeks higher weekly allowance; Social Development Minister horrified by child torture case; Dunedin the warmest place in the country on Monday.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald reports that Mark Hotchin has applied for his weekly allowance to be increased to between $6000 - $7000. The assets of the former Hanover boss were frozen by the Securities Commission, which awarded him a weekly allowance of $1000, but the paper reports Mr Hotchin needs the extra money to maintain his Gold Coast lifestyle.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennet says she's horrified by a case of child torture for which a couple will face charges in the Waitakere District Court on Wednesday.

Writing in the Herald, the minister says she wants a full report on the case.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post says there was a blowout of millions of dollars in the cost of installing prison cell-phone jamming equipment, which now need millions more to be repaired.

Another diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks reveals United States officials visiting New Zealand in 2005 were warned about pickpockets, who were thought to strike daily in the main cities.

The Press

The Press also leads with the problems affecting the cell-phone jamming equipment. Outgoing Corrections chief executive Barry Matthews admits the machines are leaking low levels of radiation, which is worrying prison staff.

There's also coverage of the appointment of John Wright as the coach of the Black Caps.

And the SPCA is investigating the death of a dog thought to have been killed by heat after it was left inside a car at a shopping mall.


The heat in Dunedin makes the front page of The Otago Daily Times, after the city known for its cool climate was the warmest place in the country on Monday.

There's also extensive coverage of an increasing number of assaults on Dunedin police, which are blamed on drug and alcohol abuse.