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The Sunday Star Times

The Sunday Star Times leads with a report on the spending of the former Qualifications Authority CEO Douglas Blackmur. The paper says he spent $20,000 in credit card and entertainment expenses and $52,000 on travel over two years. Mr Blackmur is unrepentant, his temporary replacement says some spending was excessive.

The photo story depicts a female dancer at the RNZ Ballet who is dancing the part of a man.

Also on the front page:

ROYAL WEDDING - The Sunday Star Times takes a risk and writes about what may have happened at the wedding of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones, which occurred after they went to print.

LIFE ON THE RUN - Prison escaper Michael Bullock assumed a new identity and played rugby with police officers, worked as a landscaper, lived with a partner and regularly socialised in Wellington bars during his six years on the run.

Inside the paper:

TOURISM AND THE PM - Cabinet approved a successor to Tourism Board Chairman Bryan Mogridge two months before he was ousted by Tourism Minister, Murray McCully.

RNZ - RNZ's board appears to have bowed to political pressure and backed down on radical restructuring plans.

FISHING ROW - A tiny Far North community says it will be forced to act violently if Fisheris Minister John Luxton refuses to legalise a ban on commercial fishing in their harbour.

POLITICAL COLUMNS - Ruth Laugesen looks at accountability and pay outs in the public service and reveals the Government blew the whistle on the NZQA goings on after inquiries from the Sunday Star Times. She also previews new plans for setting up new accountability structures. Ian Templeton writes on lamb tariffs, APEC and relationships between NZ and the US.

NZSE - The New Zealand Stock Exchange is looking at demutualision and listing itself on the stock exchange.

LION NATHAN - Speculation that Lion Nathan is moving its head office to Sydney intensified last week.

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