4 Apr 2011

Morning Report: local papers

7:32 am on 4 April 2011

Monday's headlines: Dunedin looking to pick up a share of ski trade from Christchurch; abandoned pet numbers have doubled in Christchurch as their owners leave the city; $260,000 in unpaid fares lost because of overcrowding on trains in Wellington.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a soaring rate of criminal assaults by primary school-age children. The number of children apprehended last year was 64, double the 2009 figure. Forty-four were boys.

The sun is disrupting viewing of Sky Television and is likely to do so every afternoon for an hour for the next two weeks.

Former MP Judith Tizard announced on Sunday she won't be returning to Parliament, but used the occasion to hit back at critics including former Labour Party President Andrew Little and the Herald's editorial.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post reports Wellington Regional Council has lost about $260,000 in unpaid train fares because overcrowding on trains means the money can't be collected.

A new pedestrian esplanade along the Wellington waterfront, including an extension to Frank Kitts Park, is suggested in a new report commissioned by Wellington City Council.

Demand has been high for commemorative stamps designed to mark the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The Press

The Press says the Government promises that a contract to build up to 10,000 temporary homes and utility blocks in Christchurch will be awarded to a New Zealand company.

The SPCA says pets have been abandoned by owners leaving Christchurch since the earthquake. About 500 animals have passed through their shelter in the past six weeks, double the usual number.

And Southern Ballet has found a temporary home in Bryndwr after being evicted from the Christchurch Arts Centre.


The Otago Daily Times says Dunedin is looking to pick up a share of the Queenstown ski trade, as Christchurch is unlikely to be able to accomodate the usual winter influx.

More than 600 shoppers turned out on Sunday to look for a designer bargain as part of a promotion linked to Dunedin Fashion Week.

Opera singer Jud Arthur is to sing in Ranfurly, in an event associated with the Rugby World Cup.