PRESS DIGEST-New Zealand newspapers - May 22

WELLINGTON Wed May 21, 2014 3:45pm EDT

WELLINGTON May 22 (Reuters) - Following are some of the lead stories from New Zealand metropolitan newspapers on Thursday.

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.

DOMINION POST(www.stuff.co.nz)

Kiwis not the worst bingers: Kiwis are knocking back the alcohol equivalent of 826 bottles of beer a year each - but our binge-drinking culture may not be as bad as feared.

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Captain McCullum to front on match-fixing leak: Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum refused to make any comment about the evidence he gave ICC anti-corruption investigators when he arrived back in New Zealand this morning from the Indian Premier League.

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Price cuts tipped to hit payout: A slump in dairy prices has sparked speculation of a big drop in Fonterra's payout for next season, which could see it down by billions of dollars.

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Kiwis slack on retirement planning: New Zealanders are worried about being able to save enough for retirement but they aren't doing much about it, KiwiSaver provider Mercer has found.

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Study: 'Relatively high prices' for levels of income: New Zealanders are paying much less than Australians for goods and services, but more than the British, a new study has shown.

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NEW ZEALAND HERALD (www.nzherald.co.nz)

NZ cricket legends fear for game's future: Cricketing greats have voiced concern that New Zealand's co-hosting of next year's World Cup may be marred because of the International Cricket Council's inability to demonstrate leadership in the midst of match-fixing turmoil.

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Spending by tourists soars 18 per cent: Spending by tourists is up 18 per cent in the past year as the tourism industry continues its recovery from tough times.

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Ryman to spend $100m on second Melbourne village: Ryman Healthcare, which last week reported a 43 percent boost in annual profit, has secured a site for its second retirement village in Melbourne, which it expects to spend more than NZ$100 million to build.

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