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One Direction craze spreading to NZ

Published: 4:27PM Wednesday April 18, 2012 Source: ONE News

One Direction fans will be able to equip themselves with merchandise ahead of the boy band's shows in New Zealand this weekend.

A merchandise store dedicated to the group will open in Wellington's CBD on Friday, where Directioners can buy t-shirts, posters and photos to prepare for concerts in Auckland and Wellington.

ONE News will be interviewing the band later in the week. If you have a question, email it to news@tvnz.co.nz
And send us your pictures if you spot One Direction in NZ.

The store is open until Monday and the 100th customer to buy merchandise will win a double pass to the Wellington show on Sunday.

One Direction is arriving later in the week for their first New Zealand show on Saturday at Auckland's Trusts Stadium.

Tickets to the group's New Zealand show sold out within minutes of going on sale and have gone for rocketing prices on TradeMe.

Australian girls in hysterics

One Direction held up traffic in Sydney and Melbourne and their fans deafened the TV elite on the Logies red carpet during their Australian tour.

Louis, Harry, Liam, Zayn and Niall stole the attention at the Australian gala awards night at Crown in Melbourne last night, from the likes of Seal and Flo Rida, who opened the show with Good Feeling.

Thousands of teens waited outside the casino to get a glimpse of their heroes, who spent about 10 minutes on the red carpet while deafening screams drowned out interviews.

The group of five shot to fame after coming third in UK's X Factor seventh series in 2010. The members entered the competition individually and were put into a group after a suggestion from judge Nicole Scherzinger.

One Direction's single What Makes You Beautiful peaked at number one on the UK charts in September 2011 and won the award for Best British Single at the BRIT Awards.

Their album Up All Night: Souvenir Edition is currently at number two on the New Zealand top 40 albums charts and What Makes You Beautiful has been in the singles chart for 25 weeks.

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