ASSASSINATION: The Dominion leads today with a report that a case of "a thug running amok" is how a confidential New Zealand diplomatic report describes a political assassination in Samoa. The report from Michael Field of AFP says the confidential report dismisses theories of a coup.
MARCHING GIRLS: The front-page photo shows marching girls marching in front of Wellington's new stadium.
Also on the front page:
- DEPRESSION: a report that guidelines that could help people with depression are gathering dust while thousands of New Zealanders are not getting treatment;
- WASPS ON THE WANE: a report that scientists are "cautiously excited" about new evidence that the parasites they have been using of more than a decade are at last winning the war against wasps;
- PUBLIC SERVICE THRIFT: a report that state chief executives will get a reminder from the Government this week of the need to spend public money wisely;
- CLEANLINESS NUT: a report that a bizarre poisoning trial has been abandoned before it started after the Crown accepted that a foreign student repeatedly put insecticide in a woman's water because he was obsessed with cleanliness.
Inside Political Headlines:
Political Week Column: National fights to keep bureaucracy
- Samuels, Lee set to fight it out for Maori portfolio;
- Shipley rules out waiving interest charges [on student loans];
- "Throwaway" Winz signs cost $100,000;
- MP served trespass notice;
- Shipley's office "warned of IBM action";
- Henare taunted for walking out on [Fisheries Commission] hui;
CER: The editorial sings the praises of CER.