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Bay of Plenty Drowning – Cricket Umpiring – Fletcher Sale – Solo Rower – Speed Cameras – Burglars On Run – MMP – Marital Property Rights – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial : West Coast Logging

BAY OF PLENTY DROWNING: The Dominion leads today with a report that sixteen year-old Kirsty Robinson has survived a 28-hour ordeal at sea, watching her father, a cousin and a friend slip away one by one during an illfated fishing trip.

CRICKET UMPIRING: The front-page photo shows cricket umpire Steve Dunne looking lonely – an accompanying report says his career is in jeopardy following a raft of bad decisions in the third test in Hamilton.

Also on the front page:

- FLETCHER SALE: a report that in the biggest sale in New Zealand’s corporate history, Norwegian printing paper giant Norske Skog has offered $5 billion for Fletcher Challenge paper;

- SOLO ROWER: a report that seriously ill French rower Jo Le Guen abandoned his solo bid to cross the Pacific yesterday after doctors said his infected wounds could lead to amputation of his feet, his New Zealand support team has confirmed;

- SPEED CAMERAS: a report that a young boy who suffered a ruptured liver after riding his bike into the back of the open boot of a police speed camera car, has prompted police to issue new guidelines.

- BURGLARS ON RUN: a report that three would-be burglars escaped from police into bush in Wairarapa yesterday afternoon and sill eluded them when darkness fell last night.

- MMP: a report that PM Helen Clark and National Party leader Jenny Shipley effectively ruled out a return to the first past the post electoral system yesterday;

- MARITAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: a report that a bill granting equal property rights to gay, de facto and married couples would do to a conscience vote in Parliament Helen Clark said yesterday.

Inside Political Headlines:

- King monitoring overseas cannabis trials;
- Age for minimum wage to be lowered;
- Poll observers suggested;
- Talks on deal to continue;
- Clark says French officials over reacted;
- Fat salaries cut Lotto sales – report;
- Chemist’s research wins science award for women;

EDITORIALS: WEST COAST: The $100 bill for West Coast development will be the first of many costs to cancelling the sensible and sustainable logging scheme.

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