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Team NZ Wins - Skiers Buried - Team NZ Fans - Rape And Kidnap - TVNZ Board - Somali Release - Oil Slick - Maori Anthem - Prada Fans - Wilson Comback - Warne Victims - Bronze Sculpture - Arts Fests – Editorial: WINZ

TEAM NZ WINS: As Black Magic slipped home yesterday after snatching the first victory of the America's Cup, tactician Brad Butterworth pointed one finger to the crowd and mouthed: "That's one, that's one." Team New Zealand need to hold up four more fingers to make America's Cup history.

SKIERS BURIED: Family and friends of three young New Zealanders buried by a Japanese avalanche were still hoping last night that they would emerge alive. Two days of searches had failed to find Chris Coaster, a 25-year-old Aucklander, Craig Neville Mowat, 25, a former Cardrona skifield worker of Wanaka, and James Winton Alexander Gordon,18, a former fencer of Dannevirke.

TEAMNZ FANS It has been a long wait, but fans yesterday finally had the chance to give a rapturous welcome to a victorious New Zealand America's Cup team at the Viaduct Basin. Thousands joined in yesterday's rousing welcome cheer, accompanied by marine horns and hooters, for the black boat entering the basin under tow.

RAPE AND KIDNAP: Masked men kidnapped and brutally raped a South Auckland woman in a park after bursting into her home, stabbing her husband and terrorising her flatmates and her elderly parents. Two knife-wielding men were still on the run late yesterday, after a home invasion which saw the raiders take the woman to a coastal reserve where they raped her brutally, while nearby residents remained oblivious to what was happening.

TVNZ BOARD: A shortlist for the job as chairman of TVNZ is in Government hands, with a surprise possibility among the contenders. While speculation about the possible successor to Rosanne Meo has revolved around Brian Corban and Sir Selwyn Cushing, it is understood New Zealand Post chairman Dr Ross Armstrong is also on the list.

SOMALI RELEASE: For the seven years Ali Yusuf languished in a Somali jail his wife Ruqiyo Farah was convinced he had been murdered - but now the truth has emerged the loving couple are to be reunited in Mt Albert within weeks.

OIL SLICK: A five-kilometre oil slick suspected of being from the wreck of the bullion carrying Niagara was breaking up north of the Mokohinau Islands in the outer Hauraki Gulf yesterday.

MAORI ANTHEM: The Government has confirmed that sports organisations have been asked to consider having the national anthem sung in Maori and English before big events.

PRADA FANS: Italian yachting fans watched silent televisions yesterday as Prada trailed Team New Zealand, the Europeans' drawn-out despair mirroring that of New Zealand cricket fans the day before as the Black Caps faced certain defeat

WILSON COMBACK: Double All Black Jeff Wilson made his comeback to first-class cricket at Carisbrook - as 13th man for Auckland in its Shell Trophy match against Otago. Wilson, who came as a spectator, fielded for the last two hours on Saturday when Auckland were reduced to 10 fit players after injuries to Blair Pocock and Kyle Mills.

WARNE VICTIMS: The victims of an off-the-pitch altercation with Australian spin king Shane Warne have accepted his apology and though they still think he is a "bit of a tosser," they cannot wait to meet him.

BRONZE SCULPTURE: A sculptor's wish to have a signature work recast in bronze has been realised 44 years after his death, thanks to his grandson. William (Bill) Trethewey created the 8m statue of the discovery of New Zealand by Maori navigator Kupe for the 1939 Centennial Exhibition in Wellington.

ARTS FESTS: Since 1986, I've returned home from each of Wellington's marvellous international arts festivals bemoaning Auckland's inability to stage anything similar.Last week, the City Attractions Committee took up the challenge: it voted for a biennial Auckland festival starting this time next year.

EDITORIAL WINZ: Some matters are so self-evident that no time, money or effort need be wasted on them. Such is the case with the $130,000 inquiry into Work and Income New Zealand being carried out by Don Hunn, a former State Services Commissioner. Mr Hunn will advise the Government whether Winz is set up and managed satisfactorily and whether its culture is satisfactory. If any confirmation were needed that each question will surely be answered with a resounding "no," it came with the student loan debacle, which erupted just as the wide-ranging review was being announced.

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