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TVNZ x 2 – Dreadlocks – Winz Inquiry – Topless Sports Reporter – Pregnancy Letter – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial: Asylum Seekers

TVNZ: The Dominion leads today with a report that Television New Zealand’s board members, including chairwoman Rosanne Meo, knew of the terms of news reader John Hawkesby’s $750,000-a-year package before it was negotiated, the Government learned yesterday. In a related sidebar NZ First leader Winston Peters offered yesterday to drive broadcaster Paul Holmes to the airport if he wants to quit New Zealand.

TVNZ: A front-page photo panel shows the Prime Minister – “Enticement is the real scandal” – Michael Cullen – “The board was fully aware – Marion Hobbs – “Some of my perceptions have changed”, as well as pictures of the TVNZ board members.

Also on the front page:

- DREADLOCKS: a report that dreadlocks may be acceptable for an MP in the halls of Parliament, but they are not allowed in the corridors of a Northland school;

- WINZ INQUIRY: a report that the Government announced yesterday a sweeping inquiry into Work and Income New Zealand slating the department’s reputation for “wastage and extravagance”;

- TOPLESS SPORTS REPORTER: a report that a topless body-painted cover picture of television sports presenter Bernadine Oliver-Kerby is not a cheap publicity stunt, says magazine NZ Rugby World – for cheap publicity they would have hired a model with bigger breasts;

- PREGNANCY LETTER: some women who had miscarriages or terminated pregnancies last year were sent a letter congratulating them on their impending deliveries.

Inside Political Headlines

- DOLLAR DEBATE: Farmers welcome talk of monetary union
- Election report expected today;
- Deal shift strikes US as unusual;
- Hobbs wants immediate speed limits on fast ferries;
- Private school scheme scrapped.

EDITORIAL: Editorial - Asylum Seekers: The drama at Stanstead could have just as easily ended up in Wellington.

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