Friday, August 7, 1998 Published at 13:33 GMT 14:33 UK
Teletubbies mania reaches NZ
Uh-oh... all gone
The first shipment of Teletubby toys to reach New Zealand have caused havoc in the shops.
The popular characters from the British television series were snapped up within minutes by mobs of people desperate to get their hands on the limited supply.
The soft toys had been the subject of massive pre-sale publicity.
Reports described the buy-up as a near riot with people climbing on top of each other and children being tipped out of push chairs in the crush.
Despite limiting customers to four Teletubbies each, supplies in the north Island of the country were sold out in an hour.
More supplies are expected to reach New Zealand next week.
However a senior lecturer in education in New Zealand claimed the Teletubbies were turning children into zombies.
Barbara Jordan said she had banned her grandchildren from watching the hit television show.
They treat children as "powerless, dependent and requiring adults to do all their thinking and organising for them," she said.
"My grandchildren are better off not watching the programme," she added.
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