ミニヘッドライン 2011/09/13



Manufacturing took a step backwards in the June quarter, reinforcing a view that the Reserve Bank is likely to hold interest rates this week. Statistics NZ figures showed manufacturing volumes down 0.7 per cent in the June quarter - weaker than economists had expected.



Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has released the report Left Further Behind - an "urgent call" for the Government to implement policies to relieve child poverty across the country. The report says the Department of Building and Housing estimates Auckland will face a shortage of 11,000 dwellings over the next three years. Over the next 20 years this housing deficit is set to grow to 90,000.



The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) congratulates members of Service and Food Workers Union: Ng? Ringa Tota (SFWU) and the Public Service Association (PSA) for achieving the minimum wage for IHC disability support workers on overnight shifts. The settlement, agreed to by Cabinet yesterday, resolves a ten year dispute and ensures that all disability support workers who work overnight shifts will be paid minimum wage by July 2013.



The couple were walking near Canterbury University when the men fired the shots at them from a dark green Ford Laser about 10.30pm on Saturday, police say. The couple described the shooters as caucasian men, in their late teens or early 20s, one with a scrawny build and dark hair and one with blond hair. About half an hour earlier, another man was walking in the nearby suburb of Fendalton, when young men in a red Nissan station wagon pointed two pistols at him, police say.



A $120 million housing and shopping centre development about to get under way in Amberley will double the size of the North Canterbury town. The project, described as North Canterbury's answer to Rolleston, will create 500 to 600 sections in a town that now has 1400 residents. The supermarket, retail and restaurant complex is expected to create 200 jobs.



A Kiwi former ''mercenary'' is in the middle of a multi-million dollar court case between the estate of the late Australian billionaire Richard Pratt and his former high-priced mistress. Former escort Madison Ashton told the New South Wales Court yesterday that Pratt urged her to sleep with his Kiwi bodyguard Sean Bowman because he feared the man would blackmail him. She said Pratt told her that Bowman was a ''mercenary'' who had been an SAS soldier in New Zealand, and a government-employed assassin.



The Wallabies beat Italy 32-6 in their opening match at North Harbour stadium on Sunday. The Sydney Morning Herald has reported Australian Rugby Union officials had expected some jeering from the crowd during the match but were surprised when it came from their official New Zealand host. The newspaper quotes insider "Jeeves" as saying "He booed and abused the Wallabies all game".



A Kiwi is facing a string of charges after allegedly threatening police with a large snake during a bizarre stand-off on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. The man, reportedly from Masterton, was arrested after police claimed he threatened them with the 1.5 metre-long snake at the scene of a motor vehicle accident in Maroochydore on Saturday.


クライストチャーチの不動産価格が急騰する - 労働党ゴフ氏

Quake-hit Christchurch homeowners who may already be out of pocket under the Government's buyout offer are at risk of losing out further with the cost of new homes in the city set to skyrocket warns Labour leader Phil Goff.



Rugby World Cup fever has taken off, and organisers are now confident of reaching their $270 million ticket-sales target - and reducing the amount the tournament will cost New Zealand. Six matches are likely to be sell-outs this week - after almost 220,000 spectators attended the opening weekend's matches.



A 20-year-old Marlborough man who beat seals to death using a galvanised pole near Kaikoura has been sentenced to two years in jail. Jason Trevor Godsiff from Renwick, previously admitted wilfully ill-treating the protected seals at Ohau Point, near Kaikoura.



An Auckland man stuck for hours in a train to Eden Park says passengers pressed the emergency stop button after young girls started fainting from the heat in packed carriages. Rail operator Veolia says multiple instances of emergency alarms being activated were among reasons for Friday's public transport meltdown.



Britain's banks face some of the world's toughest regulations under reforms outlined today that require them to insulate their retail lending activities and store up billions in extra capital. Finance minister George Osborne said he would fast-track legislation based on the proposals from the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB), which could cost the industry up to 7 billion pounds ($11 billion) a year. British banks have total assets of 6 trillion pounds, four times the size of UK GDP. Two of them, RBS and Lloyds, were partly nationalised following the financial crisis, and a third, Northern Rock, was fully nationalised.



Bank of America said it is cutting 30,000 jobs in the coming years as it looks to slash annual expenses by $US5 billion, but investors were disappointed in the scant new detail the bank provided about its plans.



Scenes of rail chaos in Auckland on Friday night back up the findings of the World Economic Forum - it's ranked New Zealand's train system as Third World. The WEF report into rail infrastructure has seen New Zealand ranked number 47 out of 142 nations - behind Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Azerbaijan. The Auckland Council and Government have apologised for the city-wide public transport failure on Friday night as thousands of locals and tourists converged on the city for the opening of the Rugby World Cup.





A Hataitai family dodged a $400 fine for mistakenly putting glass into their general recycling wheelie bin, but instead had a collector slap an official sticker on the lid with the message "No bottles dick". EnviroWaste, which is contracted by Wellington City Council, has launched an investigation to find who penned the offensive remark in thick marker pen on the sticker and also to determine if disciplinary action is warranted.



Labour Party member and former Parliamentary staffer Sonny Thomas has admitted taking $4183.90 from his boss Phil Twyford and his wife, stealing a cash machine card to withdraw money and racking up food and drink bills in his name. Thomas, 24, was Mr Twyford's executive assistant and would buy food for him when he was unable to get his own.


Te Reoを言い忘れたジョン・キー首相

Prime Minister John Key says he is not embarrassed that he didn't use te reo in the World Cup opening ceremony, when the International Rugby Board chairman did. Key has defended not speaking te reo on World Cup opening night, saying the ceremony itself showed off New Zealand's bicultural nature. But Labour leader Phil Goff says Key missed an opportunity during his opening ceremony speech.



Melaka Zoo Director Ahmad Azhar Mohammed said Shirley is not being provided with any more cigarettes because "smoking is not normal behaviour for orangutans." "I would say she is not addicted ... but she might have formed a habit after mimicking human beings who were smoking around her," Ahmad told The Associated Press. Shirley was so far displaying a regular appetite for food and no obvious signs of depression or illness, Ahmad said. Results from her blood tests and other detailed health examinations were not yet available.



Real Estate Institute of New Zealand figures for August showed 5,192 unconditional sales for the month, up 905 sales or 21 per cent on August last year. The volume of sales for August 2011 was up 264 on July - a slightly stronger lift than the seasonal pattern expected at this time of year, REINZ said.



The number of jobs advertised in newspapers fell dramatically in August, led by Canterbury's 27 per cent decline, a survey released by ANZ says. The survey found that overall job advertisements - online and in print - fell 0.8 per cent from July to 35,387 in August, driven by print's 9.3 per cent decrease. Internet listings, however, rose 1.3 per cent, the bank said. The disparity between print and online numbers was clear to see, with 6119 print ads versus 29,268 online.



LATEST: Over 500 lightning strikes have hit Wellington as thunder and hail pelted the capital this afternoon leaving some residents without power.



It was revealed, ahead of the announcement, that McCully ordered Government officials to write a new plan to manage the waterfront beyond its own Fan Zone at Queen's Wharf. The plan, which turns responsibility from the Auckland City Council over to the Government, will expand management measures and create more space for partying. Auckland mayor Len Brown said he had little warning over the announcement and found the decision "a little surprising", given the progress the council had made over the many of issues which had caused problems.



Ms Puketapu, 20, who is also Miss Wellington, has been with the other 88 contestants in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the past two weeks leading up to the final. Ms Puketapu, who was crowned Miss New Zealand in May, put her communication studies at Massey University on hold while she worked part-time with her father at Levin's Alliance Group processing plant packing meat.



Sonny Bill Williams will put his ripped jersey up for a good cause following his wardrobe malfunction in the opening match of the tournament at Eden Park. The All Blacks second-five delighted the crowd when he changed his jersey with the help of doctor Deb Robinson - an incident replayed countless times on computers around the world. "I've been with a charity back in Australia, the Violet Foundation [which raises awareness of meningococcal disease], since I was a young chap. So to give some money back to them is good. Hopefully it gets a fair bit,'' he said today. "It just got ripped in a tackle and it was all over the place. So I thought I'd just rip it off.



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