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Te Aroha Bomb Scare - Fire In Boys School - John Hawkesby - Waitangi - Cocaine Bust - Wind Wand

BOMB SCARE:A bomb scare has caused hundreds of people to be evacuated from Te Aroha. A series of bomb threats were made and some suspicious packages found - one in a bank, one in a library, one in a primary school. The bomber apparently demanded money. Te Aroha Police say the caller said packages were in each place. Fifty shops and businesses were left empty after the town evacuated. The army bomb-squad has been brought in.

FIRE IN BOYS SCHOOL: A gymnasium was completely destroyed in a fire in a school near a motorway. Seven missing students were found after they came back from a run.

CHRISTCHURCH FIRE: An Ernest Adams factory burned down early this morning. Sixty fire fighters fight the fire. Three fire-fighters injured in a flash over. 45 workers in factory all escaped safely. Goodman Fielder will decide whether to reopen the factory.

JOHN HAWKESBY: A high-court judge is to decide whether to make Hawkesby's payment public. TVNZ is appealing against the payout - believed to be more than $5 million - a decision will be given on Monday on the confidentiality agreement.

WAITANGI: Titewhai Harawira will be going, Helen Clark won't. Calm before the storm of first Waitangi Day of new millennium. The marae committee failed to get a trespass order and decided to let her come - but is planning to tell her she is not welcome when she arrives. Harawira says that the Marae changed their mind because of fear of a backlash from Maori concerned at one group of Maori bringing in the police against another group of Maori. Women at Waitangi say that Harawira has to change her attitude. A Kuia says that protocol as it stands is just fine. Some younger Maori women would like a greater say in things.

COCAINE BUST: Police still examining a boat in the Bay of Islands. Phillida Bunkle says it is possible the boat is stolen. Nothing was found in the boat when it was searched by Customs. Forensic tests are expected to take another two days.

WIND WAND: Wind wand removed for repair in New Plymouth as talk-back lines run hot. Len Lye's wind wand has been repaired twice in 33 days since installation. Huge controversy in coffee shops and on the radio about the sculpture - a long pole with a light on the top that waves around in the wind. Mayor Claire Stewart is standing by the decision to install the wand and says controversy is supposed to surround great art.


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