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Taken As Mugs – Endeavour to Meet - TB Figures – Virgin In NZ – Scrap Rates – Lombok Caution - Dash Lookalike – Prison Food – AB Talent – Waterfront Plans

TAKEN AS MUGS: The Dominon leads with Deputy Primeminister Jim Anderton’s comments that the United States Government’s NZ$194 million aid package for sheep farmers opens the way for protectionist measures in New Zealand aimed at safeguarding jobs.

-ENDEAVOUR TO MEET: The Dominion’s front-page photo is of the Australian training ship Young Endeavour and the HM Bark Endeavour, two replicas of Captain Cook’s original ship, that met in Cook Strait yesterday.

-TB FIGURES: Tuberculosis figures hit a worrying 19-year high last year, the Health Ministry said yesterday.

-VIRGIN IN NZ: Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Airlines was interested in expanding to New Zealand, but such a move was at least two years away an airline executive said.

-SCRAP RATES: Rates should be scrapped and a new goods and services tax should be introduced so non residents and tourists helped ratepayers fund city expenses, said Wellington Mayor Mark Blumsky yesterday night.

-LOMBOK CAUTION: New Zealanders planning to travel to the Indonesian tourist resort of Lombok should delay their trips after violence on the Island the Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry says.

-DASH LOOKALIKE: An exact lookalike of missing Wellington law student Gavin Dash was making things difficult for detectives looking for him, police said yesterday.

-PRISON FOOD: Inmates at Christchurch’s Rolleston Prison are complaining they are having to eat cold meals that are making them sick.

-AB TALENT: Recalled All Blacks selector Peter Thornburn believes the talent is available to field a side that can win the Bledisloe Cup and tri-nations, provided the talent is used properly.

-WATERFRONT PLANS: The Dominion editorial offers criticism and constructiveness on Mayor Blumsky’s Wellington waterfront plans.

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