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TVNZ CHAIR RESIGNS: Acting Chair of the TVNZ board Rosanne Meo has thrown in the towel and TV3 is considering suing TVNZ. Rosanne Meo's personal statement quotes (See politics wire). Helen Clark says that the government cannot suppress information concerning possible illegal activity by TVNZ and Hawkesby relating to his employment. Questions in Parliament were avoided by a flustered Marion Hobbs. Hobbs has now released a statement saying thanks and that she understands Meo's decision to resign. TV3 will decide over the next

PRESS SEC CHARGED: Sandra Lee's Press Secretary Moana Sinclair, formerly a TV reporter, was driving Lee's self-drive car when it was impounded at the weekend. Sinclair was stopped twice for speeding and ordered out of the car because she had not updated her license. The ministerial car has now been returned after Ministerial services paid a towing fee.

HOT OIL: Caltex, Mobil and Shell have been fined $1.2 million for a car wash price fixing action. Caltex has been fined $450,000, the others less. The Commerce Commission thinks it is the first time in the world that a group of oil companies have been found guilty of price fixing. Caltex says it is relieved that the fine is not higher.

ANOTHER SCHOOL DROWNING: Children on a school camp in the Coromandel have returned home early following the drowning of an 11-year-old student from a Howick School. Another boy almost drowned and is now at Starship Hospital. This is the third drowning of school students in just a few days. Details of what happened is sketchy.

LUCKY ESCAPE: Two rugby players survive a crash 40metres down a gorge on their way home from a game. The pair were extremely lucky say rescuers and the car was a writeoff.

TORNADOES: At least 19 people killed in the Southern US in the town of Camilla, Georgia. An entire neighbourhood was flattened by a tornado in just a few minutes.

TEAM NZ: Team NZ's NZL60 has rigged its mast in an unusual fashion for the Americas Cup finals. Prada's design team says the NZ boat is quite different than its. Some talk of tension in the NZ camp.

DREADLOCKS: Dargaville High School is considering whether to allow a dreadlocked student back to school

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