PRESS DIGEST-New Zealand newspapers - April 30

WELLINGTON, April 30 (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)

John Key chows down to conclude Gulf States visits: Brass bands, burgers and blunders: Prime Minister John Key's bizarre Arabian adventure has wrapped up in Kuwait. A 24-hour visit to the tiny, oil rich country was the last stop on his mission to get six Gulf States on board with a regional free trade pact.

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Maui gas field's costly end questioned: The Maui gas field platforms will be kept up to "100 per cent " for another 35 years and Shell will still be around when its comes time to decommission the field at the end of it, the company says.

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Fonterra payout forecast surprised expert: A New Zealand specialist in the global dairy market says she was surprised by Fonterra's forecast of a $7 payout at the beginning of the 2014-15 dairy season.

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

NZ mindful of Kiwi in Bali jail in wake of Bali Nine executions: New Zealand has not ruled out recalling its ambassador from Indonesia in protest at the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

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Auckland port: Land an unrealised goldmine - economist: Ports of Auckland is sitting on land with a commercial value of NZ$2.2 billion, far greater than its NZ$76 million value for port use, says an economist.

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New majority owner for Mediaworks: Broadcaster MediaWorks has a new majority-owner after vulture fund Oaktree Finance bought out two banks who had become reluctant shareholders.

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