10 Oct 2011

Morning Report: local papers

11:29 am on 10 October 2011

Monday's headlines: Rena salvage could take months to complete; magnitude 5.5 aftershock in Christchurch; same four teams in Rugby World Cup semi-finals as in 1987.

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NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald's front page is dedicated to a photo of All Black Piri Weepu kicking the ball during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final match against Argentina.

The caption says Weepu took control of the team's destiny under injury pressure as well as the threat of being knocked out of the tournament.

The banner also points out history repeating itself with the same four teams making it to the semi-finals as in the 1987 tournament.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times reports Papamoa residents are bracing for an environmental disaster as oil from the container ship Rena is expected to reach the shore. Rough weather and strong winds are expected to drive the oil to the shore by Wednesday and Thursday.

The paper also reports Transport Minister Steve Joyce has ruled out deploying booms to stop the oil from reaching Bay of Plenty wetlands and esturies.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post commits its front page to the thousands of tourists to visit and spend money in the capital during the Rugby World Cup quarter finals.

About $45 million was pumped into the city over the weekend as 20,000 tourists came to see the games.

And fans danced in the streets as Wellington hosted the last of its World Cup games.

The Press

The Press leads with an aftershock measuring magnitude 5.5 hitting Christchurch just as the game between the All Blacks and Argentina began on Sunday night.

It was the eighth biggest aftershock to hit the area since last September's earthquake.

And a demolition company is under fire for throwing out valuable records and documents from a building it levelled, despite keeping the cupboards in which they were stored.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times reports the salvage of the Rena could take months to complete.

The paper also reports the Rugby World Cup is now wide open as the All Blacks stumbled to win against Argentina, and England have been thrown out of the tournament.