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New Zealand cops raid kindergarten party due to noise

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- A group of children rocking out to kiddie tracks at a kindergarten disco party were told to turn down the tunes or face a shut down of their party by noise control officials who raided the soiree.

The raid -- called "absurd" by one teacher -- happened Friday night at One Tree Hill Kindergarten in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city.

As parents and the gaggle of children blasted the theme song to "Bob the Builder" and the "Chicken Dance," an irate neighbor called noise control.

Teacher Jenny Skerritt said Tuesday that officers -- who were "a little red-faced" -- suddenly appeared at the door with a noise abatement notice.

Skerritt said there was some noise, but not enough to disturb several babies, who snoozed through it all.

"I don't think it was that ragey, but it's all a matter of perspective, I guess," she told National Radio.

They wound down the sound for the last 30 minutes of the disco, which finished at 7 p.m.

The annual disco had never before attracted any other noise abatement complaints, said head teacher Lisa Gordon, adding "we're planning to frame the notice."


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