4 Feb 2011

Morning Report: local papers

6:57 am on 4 February 2011

Friday's headlines: Leaky Ronald McDonald House in Wellington to be demolished; information obtained from police computer network for custody battle; claims that beneficiaries need crime to survive, rejected by Social Development Minister.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the aftermath of Cyclone Yasi as north Queensland counts both the costs and the blessings.

At home, a North Shore officer leaked secret information from the police computer network to his wife, in a bid to win a custody battle with her ex-husband.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post has sad news for families of sick children: Ronald McDonald House in Wellington will have to be demolished because it's leaking. Because of the parlous state of the building in Newtown, families will have to move to rented premises for more than a year while a $14 million rebuilding project is done.

Prominence is given to a big photograph of a a dozen Auckland men skipping through Wellington airport dressed up as giggling girls. They of course are attending the rugby sevens.

The Press

The front page of The Press is dominated by a photograph of the Hinchinbrook Marina, with dozens of crushed boats strewn across the waterfront.

The daughter of a murdered Christchurch woman has told the paper she still cant understand why a young drug addict would beat her mother to death with a hammer for $200.

In the High Court on Thursday, Shaun Timothy Skilling was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years in prison for killing Gaynor White at her Huntsbury Hill home in February last year.


The Otago Daily Times reports Social Development Minister Paula Bennett's rejection of claims that beneficiaries need crime to survive.

Ms Bennett was asked by the paper to comment after the second appearance in a week in the Dunedin District Court where the accused claimed they only cultivated cannabis to make ends meet.