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New Year Begins With Fireworks - And Lack Of Violence

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New Year Begins With Fireworks - And Lack Of Violence

Wellington, Jan 1 NZPA - New Zealanders celebrated the arrival of 2011 overnight with fireworks, dancing and song - and most events went off


Fireworks blazed into the sky in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and many other smaller centres from north to south.

Family groups enjoyed organised music and dancing in many places and generally had a good time.

Wellington had a superbly fine warm evening and in most places the weather was good although coolish in earthquake-jittery Christchurch.

Two more aftershocks rippled across the city during the day, one of 3.2 Richter magnitude at 12.43pm, the other of 3.3 about an hour before the New Year celebrations were due to

start in Cathedral Square.

However, the quakes didn't put off 15,000 revellers who squeezed into the square for the night's entertainment.

Police everywhere reported the usual arrests for drunkenness and brawling and other similar offences but it seemed there were no major disturbances in resort areas.

Nelson police arrested 14 people, four of them women, in the CBD during the evening but said there were no real problems and families enjoyed the concert in Trafalgar Street.

Tahunanui resort, 5km from the city and sometimes a trouble spot, was quiet Inspector Brian McGurk said.

Auckland police said the city was "pretty" quiet" and in the capital police were happy with the way most people behaved - "things ran along very nicely," a spokesman said.

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