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Sunday Star Times

FIRE SERVICE: The Sunday Star Times leads today with a report that firefighters are threatening the personal safety of their colleagues and their families in "cowardly and unlawful" attacks, says Fire Service chairwoman Dame Margaret Bazley.

FASHION: The front-page photo shows a model on a catwalk in what appears to be a pair of granny's knickers.

Also on the front page:

- LENIENCY FOR TV MAN; a report that TV Presenter Peter Williams received a light penalty for drink-driving because he handed himself over to police;

- WINZ: a report that minders are expected to be brought in to Work and Income New Zealand to supervise beleaguered boss Christine Rankin in the wake of the charter flight scandal. The State Services Commissioner is also expected to announce the docking of most of Rankin's $37,500 in performance pay;

- DEMOCRACY: a report that new research shows confidence in government has plummeted, with many votes saying they are in favour of rule by a team of experts or even a dictator (the subject is discussed further in a focus feature);

Inside:

- MALE TEACHERS: a report that the government is planning a recruitment drive to encourage high achieving men into the teaching profession;

- GREYMOUTH POLICE: a report that senior detectives who tomorrow start inquiring into alleged misconduct at the Greymouth police station wil be told a helicopter pilot suspected of deer poaching once sold land to an officer at the station;

- TAX AND GROWTH: a report that Treasury has done no research on whether National's tax cuts have spurred economic growth, despite the government's contention of the same;



LIQUOR: The editorial discusses the drinking age.

Focus:

- the front-of-focus feature examines the Angelina Edwards trial - completed late last week;

- Ian Templeton reports that the drink law is messy but a step forward;

- Ruth Laugeson reports that National is rethinking tertiary policy;

- Rosemary McLeod identifies a gang of four leading a revolution - Christine Rankin, Jenny Shipley, Kevin Roberts and George Hicton;

- Ron Palenski comments on the snow business;

- And Frank Haden talks about an old favourite, Te Reo, this time arguing

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