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AMERICA’S CUP: As a black cloud passed in front of Prada's red moon yesterday, one small gesture of sportsmanship in the America's Cup brought the Italians a ray of sunshine. Prada's rivals, Team New Zealand, sent 30 red roses to Italian bowman Max Sirena, who was nursing a nasty head wound last night after a horror day on the water for the Cup challenger.

WELLYWOOD: Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey and his Wellington counterpart, Mark Blumsky, hope to convince Hollywood movie moguls that the third Star Wars movie should be made in New Zealand. And they will be helped by our Ambassador to the US, former Prime Minister Jim Bolger, who is throwing a party to bring the mayors and the movie men together.

TONGAN REPRIEVE: A Tongan teenager facing deportation seven years after his family were ordered out of the country for overstaying was last night in a police cell after winning a reprieve. Viliami Mila, 19, was to be deported last night but Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel stepped in after concerns about sending him home while his parents were still in hiding in South Auckland.

PRIVATE EYE: The Auckland City Council has used a private eye to snoop on a ratepayer and property developer, Adrian Chisholm, who is locked in a bitter legal battle with the council. The Investigation Bureau, a private investigation firm, prepared a secret report for the senior council officer dealing with the Chisholm case, John Brockies.

SUPERYACHT THIEF: An Auckland woman has been charged with trying to steal a new $15 million superyacht from its berth at the America's Cup village. The 21-year-old was arrested after a series of incidents at Auckland's waterfront on Monday that climaxed when a person started the 1000hp engines on the luxury yacht Kokomo, revving them to full throttle.

TVNZ APPOINTMENT: Dr Ross Armstrong's letter of appointment as chairman of TVNZ is virtually in the mail. The New Zealand Post chairman is this morning expected to be confirmed as the head of the TVNZ board following a meeting of the cabinet's appointments and honours committee, chaired by Prime Minister Helen Clark.

KOFI AND SUE: Green MP Sue Kedgley is hoping to meet an old flame, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who begins a two-day visit to New Zealand today. The pair met in the 1970s when they worked together at the UN in New York.

CUP SPECTATORS: They also serve who only stand and watch and they were watching in their hundreds from the cliff-tops of the East Coast Bays yesterday. For the first time that anyone could remember, the vagaries of the unsettled wind on the America's Cup dictated a course which brought the yachts within a few hundred metres of the shore, just north of Milford and Castor Bay as they rounded the windward mark.

TAINUI TRIBE: A top-secret review of Tainui rips the tribe's operations body to shreds, identifying suspect cash control and urging a stop to spending. The report, obtained by the Herald, found a lack of clear direction, poor budgeting and accountabilities, an unfocused organisational structure and ineffectual financial disciplines.

OPINION: BRIDGE ADS: Last year's Third World plan to hang advertising hoardings from the Harbour Bridge was not some one-off bad joke. It now appears it was an ominous sign of things to come. Bridge operator Transit New Zealand may well have been chastened by the public outrage that erupted last June when details of the bridge billboarding proposal emerged.

ELECTION VOTES: The balance of Parliament may have been different if so many votes had not been spoiled in the last election, say political parties. Nearly 20,000 party votes - more than twice as many as in the 1996 election - counted for nothing because voters did not make their intentions clear.

COCAINE PLOT: An alleged plot to smuggle $800,000 of cocaine into New Zealand fell apart when the courier gambled away much of the money needed to buy the drugs. Details of the fiasco emerged yesterday in the High Court at Auckland where a 20-year-old foreign national was applying for bail.

TUVALU TALKS: Foreign Affairs officials yesterday scrambled to arrange talks between Prime Minister Helen Clark and Tuvalu's leader after he had earlier been rebuffed. Prime Minister Ionatana Ionatana said he had sought a meeting two weeks ago, but Helen Clark said there had been "a communications issue."

EDITORIAL: NATIONAL CARRIER: Not for nothing is Singapore Airlines regarded as the creme de la creme of the airline business. Its formidable reputation is based upon efficiency and the alleviation of the acute discomfort of long-distance air travel. The success of that approach speaks volumes about the management expertise it could bring to any airline in which it took a shareholding. For Air New Zealand, that input would be the most favourable consequence of its recent takeover of Ansett Australia. Potential fish-hooks associated with the acquisition of Australia's second-biggest airline would instantly become much blunter

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