February 13, 2011 / 7:08 PM / 9 years ago

PRESS DIGEST-New Zealand newspapers

WELLINGTON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Following are some of the lead stories from New Zealand metropolitan newspapers on Monday.

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)

Transmission Gully views sought: The public can now have a say on plans to reduce environmental protections on Transmission Gully. However, the Green Party said the process would threaten native fish species and damage the environment.

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Maori party rift takes toll on rebel: The strain is showing within the Maori Party, with maverick MP Hone Harawira breaking down during an interview and co-leader Tariana Turia saying divisions are “very sad”.

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Farmers go back to Fonterra: A farmer revolt against the country’s second biggest milk exporter, Open Country Dairy, has broken out in the Whanganui-Taranaki region, with more than 30 suppliers set to return to industry giant Fonterra next season.

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Growing acceptance of biofuel, says Gull: Gull, the independent fuel retailer, is questioning why its rivals are not selling biofuel, claiming its sales increase wherever it rolls out its ethanol blend.

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Joyce: ultrafast broadband too close to call: Communications Minister Steven Joyce has warned analysts not to assume Telecom will secure the bulk of the contract to roll out ultrafast broadband to urban centres, describing himself as an “outsider” in the tender process now being managed by Crown Fibre Holdings.

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

Tearful Harawira admits mistakes: Hone Harawira has broken down in tears in a television interview discussing his problems with the Maori Party.

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Earthquake repairs ‘ramping up’: It will be September before Earthquake Commission-funded repair work is in full swing in Christchurch, authorities and builders have said.

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Kiwifruit outlook defies disease: The billion-dollar kiwifruit industry continues to battle a potentially devastating bacterial outbreak but the coming harvest is looking good.

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Fair Trade products sell well in NZ: Fair trade certified products are booming in New Zealand, despite rising food prices and low consumer confidence, latest figures reveal.

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Natural Dairy pressing ahead with milk export plans: The Chinese company that sparked a fierce national debate last year about foreign investment in farming is ploughing ahead with plans to export millions of cartons of UHT milk from New Zealand to China.

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Less formal Cup hospitality for a price: Plans are in place for a new tier of “stand-up” corporate tickets to the Rugby World Cup.

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