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DROWNINGS: Waimate Highschool students today went to back to the spot where two students drowned yesterday for a memorial service. The water is 6m deep in the black hole. Tapu lifted at the site of the drowning by a friend and mentor of one of the victims. In a small community few are left untouched by the tragedy.

POWERBOAT RACE WORRIES: The Auckland harbour master is threatening to call off the international offshore power boat race due to start tomorrow. Police are also very concerned. Racing boats have strayed onto the course and spectators onto it. Cancellation would be a huge loss to the organisers and the teams involved.

HAWKESBY ROW: TVNZ has further queered its pitch with the Government today putting out a statement defending its decisions on Hawkesby. The PM says a golden silence would have been better than issuing a statement. "Sometimes the best PR advice you can get is to shut up," she says. Paul Smith says the board was unwise to issue the statement. Marion Hobbs has summoned the board to her office for a meeting next Tuesday. Clark wants clarification to the claims that the board was not involved in the Hawkesby decisions.

LISA BLAKIE: 200 mourners turned out today in Timaru for the funeral of Lisa Blakie. Meanwhile the army is now searching 100kms of roadside for clothing and other connected items. Soldiers are under orders not to move stuff they find.

COKE BUST: Three elderly Christchurch men have been charged in connection with the cocaine smuggling bust in Australia.

HIJACK: More than 70 of the hostages freed at Stanstead airport last night have applied for political asylum in Great Britain. Detailed chronology of the hostage release. Final hostages leave the plane at around 6am. Unconditional surrender is how the home secretary described the end of the crisis.

VIDEOGAME CHAMP: NZ's top video game player has been banned from an Australian Quake competition because he is too good. He is a bit angry about it. He plays six to 18 hours of Quake a day and wants to become a pro. He is a graduate.

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