Thousands lined the streets as the big red man rode past waving in his sleigh. With shopping put on hold the crowd at times three deep watched entries parade down Emerson Street.
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An Air NZ flight leaving Napier heading to Auckland turned back after a few minutes in the air. Flight NZ5018 left Napier 3.20pm and soon after the propeller stopped and flames were seen coming out of the left hand engine. It returned safely to Napier.