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Friday, 31 December, 1999, 18:02 GMT
New millennium's first baby

Auckland-born Tupou - thought to be the first baby girl of the new millennium


What is believed to be the first baby of the new millennium has been born to a couple in New Zealand.

A baby boy was born at just one minute past midnight in the western suburbs of Auckland, but the child's parents have declined to speak to the media or release any other details.

According to the BBC's correspondent in Auckland, David Willis, the child's parents are anxious to retain their privacy despite offers of sponsorship and endorsements, which could have made the birth a highly lucrative affair.

The first baby girl of the millennium is thought to be Tupou, who was born nine minutes later, also in Auckland. She is Milika and Sifoni Fetuani's seventh child.

There has been great interest across New Zealand and the Pacific islands in locating the first baby of 2000.

According to New Zealand television, six babies were born in the country in the first 20 minutes after midnight.

Reward

Fiji's first millennium birth, a boy, is already $2,500 richer for being first. Born at 0018 local time (1118 GMT), Taniela is eligible for the reward from the government.

In the Chatham Islands, 45 minutes ahead of New Zealand, a couple, Monique Croom and Dean Braid, held what they believe was the first wedding of the millennium, timing their vows for the minutes right after the stroke of midnight.

As each said "I do", a crowd around them cheered and fireworks went off in the background.

On the other side of the world, Israel plans to plant an olive tree in honour of the first child born in a traditional ceremony that will be screened live throughout Israel.

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