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The Dominion

Cancer Inquiry – Mountain-biking – Maori Parliament – Blindness – Fog Closes Airport – Team NZ Parades – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial: Defence

CANCER INQUIRY: The Dominion leads today with a report that more than 1700 women had their cervical smears misread by Gisborne pathologist Michael Bottrill in what was yesterday called New Zealand’s biggest medical disaster.

MOUNTAIN-BIKING: The front-page photo shows mountain-bikers crossing the Akatarawa River to start the Karapoti Classic mountain bike race north of Upper Hutt yesterday.

Also on the front page:

- MAORI PARLIAMENT: a report that a controversial Maori parliament likened to a cargo cult is seeking funds from its members;

- BLINDNESS: a report that around 16,000 New Zealanders may be close to blindness and not know it or refuse to accept it, the Society for the Prevention of Blindness estimates;

- FOG CLOSES AIRPORT: a report that more than 4000 passengers were stranded at airports throughout New Zealand and three international flights were diverted to Auckland as sea fog closed Wellington airport yesterday from about 5.30pm;

- TEAM NZ PARADES: a report that flying the Prada and Team New Zealand teams around New Zealand would not cost the air force anything, prime Minister Helen Clark said yesterday.

Inside Political Headlines;

- POLITICAL WEEK: PM a canny tourist, despite annoyances of overseas travel;
- Clark confirms Australian bond;
- Pinochet welcome disturbs PM;
- Decision on Ellis inquiry due soon;
- Waka belt proposed [by Dover Samuels];
- Police blow budget by $20 million.

EDITORIAL – DEFENCE: John Howard and Helen Clark blow nonsense away when they meet.

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