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Sunday Star Times

The Sunday Star Times leads with a report on a judge's order that the police are to make a $54,000 pay out to the victim of an inadequate and unprofessional drug investigation.

The front page photo shows former MP Michael Laws as he publicises his latest work of fiction. There is further coverage of Mr Laws and his book in the paper.

Also on the front page:

SPENDING - Social Welfare is underfire for spending $52,000 on a four day conference at an exclusive South Island resort.

SAMOAN MURDER - A potentially lethal ritual will be imposed on fellow villagers of the man who admitted killing a Samoan MP.

Inside the paper:

STATE SECTOR - A senior state sector chief has called on his colleagues to get back to basics in order to restore public confidence in the sector. In her political column Ruth Laugesen delves into the same area.

HENARE CLEARED - The PM has defended the conduct of Minister Tau Henare over a controversial lotteries grant saying he did everything by the book.

GRANTS CUT - Cash strapped oil companies are pulling out of corporate sponsorship of the arts.

WHANGAREI - There is coverage of the battle for the seat of Whangarei with the National candidate's campaign caught up in internal turmoil, NZ First's Brian Donelly rates himself a chance.

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