PRESS DIGEST-New Zealand newspapers - Jan 25

Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:53pm EST
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WELLINGTON Jan 25 (Reuters) - Following are some of the lead stories from New Zealand metropolitan newspapers on Friday.

Stories may be taken from either the paper or Internet editions of the papers.

Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


Plenty hanging on leaders' speeches: It has become a fixture of the political year - the annual jockeying for position with speeches by the prime minister and leader of the Opposition regarding the state of the nation.

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Don't take us for granted Maori warn politicians: As the Maori Party battles for survival, its political opponents are already fighting to pick up the lost votes. But politicians were given a stern warning during festivities at Ratana Pa, near Whanganui, yesterday: "Never take for granted the Maori electorate vote ever again".

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