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Deadly Husbands: - Meo Goes - Press Minder Charged - Camp Deaths - Team Nz - Farmer’s Gifts - Oil Fines - POW’s Daughter - Gunman Insane - Billionaire Appeal - Meo In Parliament - Maiden Speeches

DEADLY HUSBANDS: Seeking a hitman to kill his partners became John Russell Patten's way of escape. Last May, 35-year-old Patten was jailed for three and a half years - reduced after an appeal to two and a half - when he admitted trying to procure the murder of his de facto wife, Pamela Fay Wood. Yesterday, in the High Court at Auckland, Patten pleaded guilty to an identical charge relating to his former wife, Sharon Patten.

MEO GOES: Rosanne Meo resigned as chairwoman of TVNZ yesterday, less than 24 hours after the Government privately told her she had to take responsibility for the Hawkesby fiasco and that staying on was untenable.

PRESS MINDER CHARGED: Sandra Lee's press secretary Moana Sinclair is facing charges following an altercation with police while driving the cabinet minister's work car.

CAMP DEATHS: Toddler Liam McNaught pads around the lounge exclaiming happily over photos of his big brother, Joshua, that are propped up against the furniture.

TEAM NZ: The Herald is under fire for making public the behind-the-scenes disagreements within the America's Cup defender, Team New Zealand.

FARMER’S GIFTS: For the past two years Jill Barter has dreaded receiving her monthly Farmers account. For two years, the store has credited her account with sums of money - sometimes up to $1000 – which is not hers.

OIL FINES: Price-fixing and a cover-up by senior executives have cost three of New Zealand's biggest oil companies $1.17 million in fines.

POW’S DAUGHTER: For 17 years Easha Toma languished in an Iranian prisoner-of-war camp, never knowing he had a daughter.

GUNMAN INSANE: In Wellington the father of a man who bought a gun and told friends he was waiting for an open day at Government House says the health system keeps letting his son back into the community.

BILLIONAIRE APPEAL: The fight to uncover the name of the American billionaire drug-smuggler is on again, with the Herald launching a fresh High Court appeal yesterday.

MEO IN PARLIAMENT: Helen Clark might just as well have been carrying a platter bearing Rosanne Meo's head.

MAIDEN SPEECHES: In Wellington new MPs have concluded their maiden speeches in Parliament with special effects including the socialist anthem The Internationale and a Samoan lament sung by a chorus of 300.

MP’S CHAUFFER: New Zealand First leader Winston Peters' private chauffeur was clocked travelling at 168 km/h - and said he was trying to get to Auckland Airport to connect with a plane to a Bledisloe Cup rugby match in Sydney

LISA BLAKIE: In Christchurch, police have been searching buildings and properties in the Castle Hill area in northwest Canterbury to determine whether murder victim Lisa Blakie was held captive there.

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