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PRISON ESCAPERS CAUGHT: The hunt for two of the country's most wanted men has just ended with the capture of the pair in Auckland. Travis Burns was captured in Papatoetoe. He was armed but he surrendered. The escapers escaped five days ago. Tommy Niko gave himself up first and Burns took longer to surrender. Travis Burns was limping after his surrender. We do not know what caused the injury but possibly it occurred during the escape. Police are quiet on what led them to the address. They claim it was routine investigation - but we believe they were tipped off.

WAITARA MOURNS: Police and Maori elders are trying to calm the community in Waitara. Two police investigations are underway. The mood in the town is tense. Minister says a prayer in the middle of the main street. The site of the shooting is blessed. Earlier Steven Wallace's body was taken to a Marae. Local Maori elders say they are hurt by reports that the town is racially divided. "We have always been a community of togetherness". Elders are urging fellow citizens to stay calm and let the law take its course. Police are aware of the tension in the town and have Iwi liason officers declared. Witnesses to the shooting have given their own accounts of the shooting - one says a policeman said the victim was Dave Wallace. Dave Wallace - who is now in Inglewood - is rather worried about this. Elders are mainly worried about the young angry generation. One young angry person has been talking about burning down the house of the constable who shot Wallace.

WAIROA TWINS: Saimese twins Faith and Hope are born joined at the chest in Wairoa. Police are pleased with the operation. The family have been worried about the birth. Doctors are cautious at this stage however. A mothers prayers are answered. See 20/20 this Sunday

CANCER INQUIRY: Cancer expert tells inquiry that NZ is ranked the sixth worst country in the world for cancer. And Professor David Skeggs says that other parts of the health system are in bad if not worse condition. NZ women have the sixth highest death rate for cancer out of 173 countries. Our cancer registry is in a marginal state of health - he says. The professor blames constant restructuring in the health services for some of the problem. As early as tomorrow the other laboratories with low detection rates may be named.

HEALTH COMPUTERS: The Health Waikato computer system is being dumped at a cost of $9 million. Wellington uses the same system and says it works. Health Minister Annette King wants the resignation of four board members who made the decision. Tainui's Shane Solomon is defending his actions.

HOT POOLS DEATH: The ten-year-old girl who caught ameobic meningitis in a natural hot pool has died.

MAYDAY MAHEM: Guerilla gardening in Parliament Square. By afternoon police and protestors locked in confrontation. Trafalgar Square McDonalds ransacked. Police and protestors both filming the violence and both will be using it in legal actions.

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