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Warriors Bill: - Drinks Banned – TVNZ Olympic Coverage - Maori Care - Oldest Player - Waitara Charges - Dress Sold- Unknown Body - Tanks Bought

WARRIORS BILL: The Auckland Warriors rugby league club has been hit with a tax bill of nearly $500,000, throwing sale plans into disarray. The bombshell comes on top of the collapse yesterday of peace talks between warring factions of the club's Tainui owners, with both sides now heading back to court.

- DRINKS BANNED: Alcoholic milkshakes and high-powered spirits in grenade-shaped bottles are no longer welcome on our shelves. Marketers of the trendy "ready-to-drink" concoctions have been told to stay away from New Zealand in a groundbreaking agreement signed by retailers and alcohol producers

- TVNZ OLYMPIC COVERAGE: Stronger, higher, faster" is the Olympic motto. For TVNZ's cover of the Olympic opening ceremony, try "slower, longer, later." Angry viewers of TVNZ's "live" opening ceremony cover have been lambasting the state-owned broadcaster for gradually delaying its coverage so it could fit in the commercials.

- MAORI CARE: Health authorities will today try for the second time to remove psychiatric residents from their West Auckland homes run by a Maori trust. An attempt on Friday night failed when a team from Waitemata Health went to the Te Atatu South and Swanson homes but it is understood that the residents refused to leave. Waitemata Health and

- OLDEST PLAYER: And at 74, Bernie Farrelly, believed to be Auckland's oldest rugby player, is hanging up his boots. At least for the time being. The grand old man of the Grammar Old Boys Rugby Club - named for his resemblance to KFC's Colonel Sanders - played his last game for the Dandylions on Saturday.

- WAITARA CHARGES: Two women are facing criminal charges after the wife of the constable who shot and killed Waitara man Steven Wallace was harassed. Central district commander Superintendent Mark Lammas said yesterday that the constable's wife was followed from a function held for the officer and his family at the New Plymouth police station on Saturday night.

- DRESS SOLD: Newlywed David Cameron is in the dogbox after letting his bride Kerry's designer wedding dress sell for a measly $200. Mr Cameron says that while he and his wife are "still talking," he has decided to make a public appeal to the dress' new owner for its return.

- UNKNOWN BODY: The body lying in Auckland's mortuary, simply marked "not yet known male," has police stumped. The decomposing corpse should have been identified within 24 hours of being found last Tuesday in the Waitakere Ranges, if the case had followed the "normal" patterns of homicide.

- TANKS BOUGHT: The Army has sold most of its trouble-prone fleet of Scorpion light tanks to a British arms dealing company for about $420,000. But sale restrictions should stop them falling into the wrong hands.

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