17 Aug 2011

Morning Report: local papers

7:03 am on 17 August 2011

Wednesday's headlines: All Blacks fans to be asked to abstain from sex during Rugby World Cup; Placido Domingo to present a quake concert in Christchurch; Dunedin Gateway project to be put on hold after falling well short of its objectives.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with the headline "No sex please, fans". A new Cup campaign to be rolled out by Telecom next week will ask All Blacks fans to abstain from sex during the Rugby World Cup to show their support for the players.

The paper also carries the story of a breakthrough in a cold case. A man, 49, will appear in court on Wednesday, charged with the murder of Sara Niethe, who was last seen on the Hauraki Plains eight years ago.

Dominion Post

[The Dominion Post again leads with the big freeze. Wellington's northern suburbs are pictured blanketed in snow under the headline ''Lights flicker in white city''. The capital's power supply was on a knife edge on Monday night, when electricity demand hit a record high.

The Press

The Press features a large photo of Placido Domingo who is present a concert in Christchurch in October to support the city and two quake damaged institutions - the Court Theatre and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

The paper also describes how inland Canterbury will bear the brunt of the fading polar blast. Heavy snow and black ice are still forecast.


The Otago Daily Times reports some Dunedin parents are questioning why a decision was made to close Otago schools on Tuesday, despite many roads being open. And a Dunedin band picked the wrong week to record its debut album, after being stranded in a remote hall on the Otago Peninsula since Sunday.

Project Gateway - designed by Dunedin City Council to attract visitors and create jobs in the city - has fallen well short. The project, which has cost $3.5 million over the past decade and created only 34 out of 555 jobs, will be put on hold.