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F16s – Black Gold – Vegetarianism – Sausage Millionaire – ANZ Mortgage Rate – Domestic Killing – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial: Taiwan

F16S: The Dominion leads today with a report that Prime Minister Helen Clark staved off a decision on the future of New Zealand’s air strike capability yesterday when scrapping the previous government’s contract for 28 F16s. This was against independent advice she had sought. The report is accompanied by pictures of the PM, an F16 and A4 Skyhawk and a trainer aircraft. An accompanying report says that the decision to buy F16 fighter jets was one for the New Zealand Government to make, a spokesman for Australian Defence Minister John Moore said yesterday.

Also on the front page:

- BLACK GOLD: a report that the Rimu oil field in Taranaki could be New Zealand’s biggest oil field, onshore and offshore;

- VEGETARIANISM: a report that vegetarians are about 24 per cent less likely to die of heart disease than meat eaters, the results from five international studies show;

- SAUSAGE MILLIONAIRE: a report that former Wellington Internet whiz Steve Outtrim, the founder and main shareholder of Sausage Software, looks set to become New Zealand’s richest man through a merger with Australian company Solution 6;

- ANZ MORTGAGE RATE: a report that ANZ matched Bank of New Zealand’s lead yesterday and raised its floating home mortgage rate by 0.5 per cent to 8.1 per cent;

- DOMESTIC KILLING: a report that two toddlers were at the scene of the domestic-related killing of their mother in Hastings yesterday.

Inside Political Headlines

- Air Force base sake will boost area, says mayor;
- Deal to lease F16 jets a good one says Quigley;
- PM confirms cabinet discussed scrapping titular honours;
- Clark’s popularity still on rise;
- Perham named as IRD caretaker;
- Call to force down power prices ;
- Party fails to stop gene filed trials.

EDITORIAL – TAIWAN: Stand by gutsy Taiwan.

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