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Sunday, 2 January, 2000, 08:36 GMT
First millennium baby unwell
Auckland-born Topou - thought to be the millennium's first girl
The first baby of the millennium - born in New Zealand in the first minute of the new year - is unwell and has been moved to another hospital for special treatment, a hospital official said Sunday.

The boy, who has not yet been named, was born on 1 January at 0001 local time (1101 GMT Friday) weighing 4.2kg (9 lb 4oz) and is believed to be the first baby of 2000.

Hospital officials, on the instructions of the parents, are not releasing details of the infant's health problems or even where he is being treated.

The troubles were discovered immediately after the birth, and he was moved on Saturday.

"The little boy is not well," said Rachel Haggerty, general manager for Auckland's Waitakere Hospital, where he was born.

"He is at another hospital receiving treatment. He's currently quite stable."

After the birth, the child's parents strove to protect their privacy despite offers of sponsorship and endorsements, which could have made the birth a highly lucrative affair.

The baby is the fourth child in the family and he has three sisters.

Six babies were born in New Zealand during the first 20 minutes of New Year's Day.

The country's first girl of the millennium, Topou Ta-ane Fetuani, was born at Auckland's National Women's Hospital at 0010 (1110 GMT), the seventh child of Tongan parents Milika and Sifoni Fetuani.

There are no reports of Topou suffering any health problems.

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