21 Jan 2011

Summer Report: local papers

8:00 am on 21 January 2011

Friday's headlines: Mother of savagely-abused child wrote to Prime Minister with a cry for help; Canterbury quakes could last for more than a year; part of Dunedin Town Hall upgrade sent back to the drawing board.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the headline: 'Air crash miracle'.

The paper reports that a pilot whose helicopter plunged into the sea, was saved after witnesses drew a line in the beach to point rescuers to the crash site.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has announced a high-level inquiry into how the early signs of a severe case of child abuse fell through the cracks.

The Herald reports the mother of a savagely-abused child wrote to Prime Minister John Key with a cry for help, months before police discovered her daughter had injuries to almost every part of her body.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports property developers John and Michael Chow may face prosecution after bulldozing an historic building in Wellington. The paper says the brothers threatened legal action against Auckland Council for doing the same thing recently.

Deputy police commissioner Rob Pope was told not to reapply for his job, prompting his decision to retire.

The Press

The Press reports that people in Canterbury continue to battle anxiety and stress following another flurry of aftershocks on Thursday - the largest being 5.1 in magnitude.

GNS told the paper the quakes could last for more than a year.

And a pawnbroker in Christchurch is selling the rapper Scribe's music awards in online auctions, to try and recoup a debt of more than $5000 from the chart-topper.


The Otago Daily Times reports parts of a $45.8 million upgrade of the Dunedin Town Hall have again been sent back to the drawing board, with a re-design underway that could cut costs.

A man was killed and three people were injured in a head-on crash between two vehicles in Lindis Pass on Thursday, which closed State Highway Six for about four hours.

And Sir Bob Charles has announced he will compete at next month's City of Legends Pro-Am golf tournament in Dunedin and will contest a similar event in Queenstown.