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The Dominion

Anita Faisandier – Wellington Nurses – La Nina – Noisy Roads – Airways Allegations – Aussie Wine Investigations – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial: Matrimonial Property Law Reform

ANITA FAISANDIER: The Dominion leads today with a report that a jury in Wellington District Court has found Anita Faisandier, 45, guilty on 20 charges of fraud that involved writing dud cheques with a face value of $40.6 million. The front-page photo shows Faisandier leaving the court.

Also on the front page:

- WELLINGTON NURSES: a report that a nursing shortage in Wellington Hospital’s intensive care unit has hit crisis point, with some patients being flown to other hospitals for treatment and many elective operations repeatedly being postponed;

- LA NINA: a report that the La Nina weather influence on NZ is expected to ease, bringing normal or above average temperatures to most regions in early winter, NIWA said yesterday;

- NOISY ROADS: a report that the well-heeled residents of Auckland’s eastern suburbs are demanding high priced and quiet asphalt roads, claiming noise generated by cheaper chipseal is lowering the tone;

- AIRWAYS ALLEGATIONS: a report that four senior Airways Corporation executives are under investigation after NZ First Leader Winston Peters claimed in Parliament yesterday that they had gained $30 million and other benefits from an uncontested contract;

- AUSSIE WINE INVESTIGATION: A report that an Australian wine sold widely in NZ is under investigation by the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation, the Australian industry regulator.

Inside Political Headlines:

- Death sparks Tranz Rail safety inquiry;
- Sutton set for official Washington talks;
- Bill’s impact on tourism highlighted;
- Clark wants meeting with Clinton in Berlin;
- Show me the money – (photo story of Dr Michael Cullen and some bandit improvisors.)
- No other problems with surgical gear detected;
- China given reassurance on Taiwan motion “surprise”;
- Serious Fraud Office clears Waipareira Trust.

EDITORIAL – MATRIMONIAL PROPERTY LAW REFORM: The Matrimonial Property Amendment Bill approved by Parliament this month is likely to bruise as many of the 250,000 New Zealanders affected as will be delighted.

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