16 Jan 2012

Summer Report: morning papers

8:10 am on 16 January 2012

Monday's headlines: Integrated Auckland transport cards will have to be replaced; cherries ruined by recent rain; cardiac operations being subcontracted by Christchurch hospital.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with a police inquiry into the death of baby Hinekawa Topia in Whanganui. She was a triplet, and her two sisters plus their five-year-old brother are now in the care of Child Youth and Family.

Integrated Auckland transport cards, which were launched in May with a $1 million marketing campaign, will have to be replaced.

And a wedding guest died in an apparent hit-and-run incident 150 metres from the wedding venue in Hawke's Bay.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times says New Zealand miners are being enticed across the Tasman in droves. It also has a picture heralding the national waka ama sprint championships on Lake Karapiro this week.

And a New Zealander was on board the cruise ship aground off the coast of Italy - but that person is safe and well.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post has the story of a body found in a drain beside Te Papa museum. The area will be cordoned off on Monday as police investigate the death, which they are calling suspicious.

The paper also tells of the devastation of Jason Wilson-Haenga, a surfer who tried to pull an unconscious swimmer from a rip in Titahi Bay, but the man was swept from his grasp.

And there is an obituary for Ben Hana, also known as 'blanket man', who died on Sunday at Wellington hospital.

The Press

The Press says Christchurch hospital has been forced to subcontract cardiac operations after shortages of beds and space and a surge in cardiac demand following the earthquakes.

It also details the audience shock at the Zirka circus when an acrobat fell two metres during a performance.

And a Christchurch woman has been chased for an unpaid fine - she owed seven cents to the Ministry of Justice.


The Otago Daily Times reports a brick with a threatening note attached was thrown into the house of euthanasia activist Sean Davison.

A Dunedin family had to leave their house after a Saturday night party turned to chaos.

Cherries have been ruined by recent rain. And a fence has been put up to protect a seal born on a popular dog walking beach in Dunedin.