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The Dominion

Hawkesby Payout – Starry Opening - Waterfront Changes – Courts On Men – 9pc Mortgages –Hijackers Negotiate – Murderer Escapes – Immune To Aussies – Editorial: Prada’s Challenge

HAWKESBY PAYOUT: The lead story of the dominion reports that Prime Minister Helen Clark vowed yesterday to call TVNZ’s board of directors to account for the fiasco surrounding a payout of more than $5.25 million to sacked newsreader John Hawkesby.

STARRY OPENING: The front page photo has Prime Minster Helen Clark and Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson talking at a glitzy gathering to open Jackson’s new film unit at Avalon, Lower Hutt last night.

Also on the front page

WATERFRONT CHANGES: Wellington’s hugely controversial Variation 17 waterfront proposal survived a motion to dump it during a nine hour council debate yesterday. However the present $46 million concept plan is dead and merely awaiting burial.

COURTS ON MEN: Men are treated more harshly in the court system than women, according to a Canterbury University study reported in the latest edition of UC Research.

9PC MORTGAGES: Floating mortgage rates could get close to 9 per cent by the middle of the year if the dollar remains at present levels, according to Bank of New Zealand.

HIJACKERS NEGOTIATE: British police were negotiating late last night with the hijackers who seized an Afghan airliner with more than 160 people aboard and forced it to fly to Stanstead airport near London.

MURDER ESCAPES: A convicted murderer armed with a 30-centimetre knife escaped from Manawatu Prison at Linton yesterday afternoon.

IMMUNE TO AUSSIES: New Zealand coach David Trist is determined that his players are not in awe of World Club champions Australia when they meet in the first of six one day cricket internationals on February 16.

PRADA’S CHALLENGE: The Dominion’s editorial says the Kiwi team will have their work cut out for them after Italian team Prada’s recent success in the Louis Vuitton finals.

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