Christmas Wrong Made Right – Whale Rescue – Australian Heat Wave – Bank Van Robbery – Bank Robbery – Christmas Party Manslaughter – Cook Strait Ferry – Road Toll Count Begins
NOTE FOR MYSCOOP SUBSCRIBERS: This is the final TV3 news bulletin summary for 2000….full service resumes January 15th 2001.
CHRISTMAS WRONG MADE RIGHT: A heartwarming tale of generosity. 24 hours ago Christmas presents were stolen from under a tree in South Auckland. Today people have been giving presents, money and appliances to the family. Police brought in extra officers to answer the phone. The family has been overcome by the generosity. The family has been offered security help and from the Housing Corporation a new house. Extra presents will be given to other needy families.
WHALE RESCUE: 26 pilot whales have died on a beach on Stewart Island. Around 90 more whales are nearby. DOC says its rescue effort went well. Dozens of locals helped in the rescue. Sixty more whales tried hard to come back into the beach in the evening.
AUSTRALIAN HEAT WAVE: In Melbourne the day is starting cool but getting very hot. Mercury is rising to over 40 degrees. Gale force winds spring up without warning. The worst bush fire season in years is expected. Sydney swimmers have been escaping the heat in surf.
BANK VAN ROBBERY: An armed gang jumped guards about to fill up a money machine in central Wellington today. They hijacked the guards van which hasn’t been seen since. Police will only describe their take as “considerable” but it may be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Police say the robbery is a reminder for businesses dealing in cash at Christmas.
BANK ROBBERY: In Auckland robbers in a Holden Commodore robbed a bank.
CHRISTMAS PARTY MANSLAUGHTER: An investment banker has been charged with manslaughter over the death of a colleague following a Christmas prank gone wrong.
COOK STRAIT FERRY: The Aratere Ferry has returned to service.
ROAD TOLL COUNT BEGINS: Police have delivered a safety message to begin the Christmas road toll count. The official count started at 4pm today. Police have also warned of the dangers of Scooters. 38 new highway patrol cars are on the road and speed cameras will snap people driving at more than 10kms over the speed limit. Last night a senior police officer breath tested positive. He has been suspended.