AMERICA'S CUP ESPIONAGE: The Sunday Star Times leads today with a report that Team New Zealand suspects an America's Cip rival is spying on its Black Magic boats during on-the-water trials. Team New Zealand is accusing Young America of breaching anti-spying rules.
HAWKESBY: The front-page picture shows John Hawkesby and his son Duncan who have settled out of court in a tennis dispute for a cool $5000 which will be paid to Auckland's Starship Children's hospital. In the story Hawkesby says he would have considered legal action had the PM not apologised for her remarks.
Also on the front page:
- RUGBY: a report that All Black captain Taine Randell sang his heart out as his side ended the first phase of its World Cup year and an era of test rugby at Wellington's Athletic Park.
Inside the paper reports
- PAYMENTS ROW: that the government is
likely to give ministers powers to instantly dismiss the
directors of some crown entities;
- PM Vs TVNZ: that the PM is considering a formal complaint against TVNZ over the "I made it up" controversy;
- WTO: that Mike Moore says his bid for the top job at the WTO has cost him all his savings;
- APEC: that the Thai's are concerned about Mike Moore attending next week's APEC ministers meeting in Auckland.
ARTS: The editorial talks about arts funding and says the Hawkesby affair is the latest "nail in the coffin" for the Nats.
In the focus section:
CENTRAL: Anthony Hubbard discusses the battle for Wellington
- TAX: Ruth Laugeson says the government has successfully shifted the electoral agenda to tax;
- WOMEN: Frank Haden says big muscles are no good for women;
- FREE MARKETS: Sandra Coney says only a privileged few do better in the free market.