5 Dec 2011

Morning Report: local papers

6:51 am on 5 December 2011

Monday's headlines: speed-camera infringement notices incurred by police up 64% last year; no co-op aims to offer cheaper sections in Canterbury; new building damaged during magnitude 5.7 earthquake on Saturday.

NZ Herald

'Killed by a banned driver' is the headline in The New Zealand Herald. The paper reports that a light truck driver who died in a head-on smash that killed another motorist in the Waikato, was banned from driving.

Police are also testing a suspicious substance found in Jarrad Townsend's vehicle and whether he was talking on a cell phone at the time of the crash.

The paper also details how Jamie Ginns, a gunman found dead in a forest near Rotorua on the weekend, had chased his former partner for nearly 7km along State Highway 1 towards Tokoroa, firing two shots at her.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times also leads with Jamie Ginns wreaking what it calls '48 hours of hell'. The paper describes how his reign of terror ended in one death, one woman clinging to life and another woman hog-tied and beaten.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post details the death of freediver Eric De Vries, who died at the weekend while spearfishing off Pukerua Bay.

The paper says Mr De Vries got into difficulties on Saturday and apparently passed out as he was coming to the surface pulling up a kingfish he speared on Hunter's Bank.

The paper also reports assessors are scrambling to work out why the Meridian Building, one of Wellington's newest buildings, was damaged during a magnitude 5.7 earthquake on Saturday.

The Press

The Press reports a new trust set up to develop low-cost sections for red-zone evacuees, believes it could sell them for up to $80,000 lower than market value. The Canterbury Co-operative Land Trust hopes to encourage up to 1000 residential red-zone homeowners to take part in co-operative land developments.

And the paper also carries a picture of work beginning on a shadowboard mural in Sydenham, part of the Christchurch Art Gallery's Outer Spaces programme.

The work by Wayne Youle is entitled I seem to have temporarily misplaced my sense of humour and is inspired by the ''fix-it'' attitude of the suburb and city.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times reports speeding police incurred 64% more speed-camera infringement notices last year, compared with the average of the previous five years. Figures show police around New Zealand were issued with 941 speed-camera notices in 2010.

The paper also carries the headline 'What a Cracker' with an estimated crowd of 40,000 turning out for Dunedin's Santa Parade on Sunday.