27 Dec 2010

Summer Report: local papers

10:40 am on 27 December 2010

Monday's headlines: Tragic death of a kite boarder near Nelson; prayers held outside Christchurch cathedral during latest quakes; bumper shopping day in Dunedin.

NZ Herald

A tragic story leads The New Zealand Herald: a kite boarder was flung to his death in front of his watching wife.

Ruben Laas, who was from Germany, was at the Wakapuaka sand flats near Nelson when a gust of wind picked him up and he crashed into trees.

More bad news: an economist tells the Herald that food prices are likely to be 10% higher by March than in March this year. Rising world commodity prices are to blame.

Dominion Post

The fresh round of aftershocks in Canterbury leads The Dominion Post. Shoppers chasing Boxing Day bargains fled the stores and churchgoers at the cathedral rushed outside and held prayers outside.

Three investigations are underway into a blaze that destroyed the gymnasium at Rongotai College on Christmas night. At least $500,000 worth of equipment was destroyed and police, the fire service and the school's insurers are trying to find out what happened.

The Press

The Press devotes its front page to the latest shocks in Christchurch, under a heading "Oh no, not again."

Inner city retailers hoping for a bumper Boxing Day were left paralysed by the shakes. Not literally paralysed though: the paper says no one was injured, but a handful of people turned up at hospital suffering from anxiety and stress.


There were no quakes in Dunedin and The Otago Daily Times says that meant Dunedin retailers had a bumper day. The central city was crowded with cars and there were queues at some shops as people chased big discounts.

Golden summer weather for the holiday is about to end. The ODT says heavy rain is forecast for Otago until the middle of the week, with the south of the province may be in line for up to 80mm of rain. Lake Wanaka is only 1.5 metres below the level that usually brings flooding.