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Meo Resigns X2 - Ministerial Car - Schoolboy Drowning - Rugby Players - Killer Tornadoes – America’s Cup Keels

MEO RESIGNS: The Governments war with the TVNZ board has claimed its first casualty with TVNZ board Chair Rosanne Meo quitting one month early. Ms Meo said she left before her time was up because her position was “untenable” while constant attacks were made against the company. Prime Minister Helen Clark called the move "appropriate" while opposition MPs said Meo was hounded out of office.

MEO RESIGNS: Rosanne Meo, considered one of New Zealand’s most successful business women, said she resigned after talking to friends and family. She has served the Television New Zealand board for the past three years. Chairman Rick Ellis said he was sad to see her go.

MINISTERIAL CAR: There will be a court inquiry into an incident when Alliance MP Sandra Lee’s ministerial car was driven by a staff member who did not have an up-to-date license.

SCHOOLBOY DROWNING: Another school boy, this time in Auckland, has drowned after getting into difficulty while swimming on a school camp. His friend is in critical condition in an Auckland hospital. Two days ago, two boys died in Christchurch also while swimming at camp.

RUGBY PLAYERS: Two Canterbury rugby players were lucky to be alive after a dramatic escape when their car plunged 50 metres into a gorge.

KILLER TORNADOES: At least 22 people were killed and more than 100 injured when tornadoes ripped through housing developments in America’s southern state of Georgia.

AMERICA’S CUP: Experts are surprised at major differences between competitors Team New Zealand and Prada boat keels in the Americas Cup Contest. Team New Zealand has also played down rumours of a major rift in its camp.

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