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Raetihi's teen-drawing wi-fi back on

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/05/2016

The free night-time wi-fi that drew teens like moths in the central North Island town of Raetihi is back on but with a warning.

The centre's library free after-hours wi-fi was switched off earlier this year after it was blamed for attracting young people, some of who then went on vandalism sprees.

The Ruapehu District Council has now installed security cameras and says the wi-fi can go back on.

It will run from 5am to 10.30pm.

It was believed young people shouldn't normally need to be out on streets after that and that the hours were long enough for tourists and other legitimate users, says the council's Pauline Welch.

However, the plug could easily be pulled.

"If any anti-social behaviour flares up once more and the police ask council to switch the library wi-fi off again after-hours we will not hesitate to do so."

The council also expects free wi-fi will soon be available throughout the CBD.

"Which should remove the need for young people to gather at night outside the council office and library," Mr Welch said.

The whole thing will cost $40,000, with the council offering $10,000.

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