ミニヘッドライン 2011/10/29



The head of the Food & Grocery Council says the Maui pipeline outage will prompt a review of emergency plans, warning the cost of the disruption will run into hundreds of millions of dollars. Chief executive Katherine Rich said she would survey members but she expected the cost would surprise many. Estimates of the cost to Fonterra alone – which was initially dumping 35 million litres of milk a day – showed that with a large number of major companies out of action, the loss of production would be massive. "It will certainly be in the hundreds of millions."



Legally they cannot drink or drive, but that has not stopped nearly 100 children mixing that potentially deadly combination. Ninety-four children aged 14 or under have been caught drink-driving in the past five years - despite not being old enough to have a licence or buy alcohol. Among those caught was a pregnant 14-year-old girl stopped driving while nearly six times over the youth limit in 2009. The figures, revealed in police statistics provided to The Dominion Post under the Official Information Act, come as agencies launch a new safety campaign targeting young male drivers because of their high crash risk. One in five convicted drink-drivers is aged between 15 and 19. Overall, men were three times more likely to be charged for drink-driving than women.



Wellington department store Kirkcaldie & Stains says its building insurance premiums are rocketing up 150 per cent and many other firms will also find their profits hit by rising insurance costs. Kirks says insurance costs will add hundreds of thousands of dollars to its expenses. Late on Thursday, the store booked a "disappointing" pre-tax loss of $54,000 for the year to August compared to a pre-tax profit of $1.37 million the year before. Annual sales revenue fell nearly 3 per cent to $35.6 million.



Christ Church Cathedral leaders could have to find up to $50 million to rebuild their quake-damaged building. The cathedral will be deconsecrated and partially demolished at the cost of $4m to make it safe, Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews announced yesterday. A final decision would be made once the controlled demolition and temporary holding measures were completed. The move would also allow the recovery of artefacts and heritage items from the badly quake-damaged building. The other three options retain between 20 and 70 per cent of the building. The funding shortfall for the options range from $30m to $50m on top of any insurance claim.



South Island gold miner OceanaGold is reaping the rewards of a boom in gold prices this year, with a record average gold price of US$1706 (NZ$2085) an ounce in the September quarter. But the mine's operations at Macraes in the South Island were hampered by two big snowstorms over winter, with the total amount of rock mined down 5 per cent on the previous quarter. OceanaGold operating earnings jumped 31 per cent to US$43.3 million in the quarter. Despite that, OceanaGold's share price fell 8c to NZ$3.07 yesterday. The shares peaked at more than NZ$5 a share late last year, and have bounced around between $2.50 and $3.50 a share in the past few months. OCG is now forecasting production for the full year at the lower end of the guidance range of 255,000 to 270,000 ounces of gold. Net earnings for the quarter were US$10.9m for the third quarter, up 163 per cent on the previous quarter.



Police say more than 800 cannabis plants which could have sold for up to $2.5 million if harvested have been found growing in a Dannevirke garage. Police executed a search warrant at an address in Otope Road yesterday as a result of information from the public. They say they discovered a sophisticated growing room set up in a garage. In the room were 699 seedlings and 164 more mature plants. If all the plants were grown to full maturity and then harvested, the estimated street value is anywhere between $500,000 and $2.5 million, police said.



Qantas will lock out all its employees covered by the agreements that are currently in dispute. And it has grounded its entire domestic and international fleets indefinitely. ‘‘We are locking out until the unions withdraw their extreme claim and reach agreement with us,’’ Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce told a press conference today. "This course of action has been forced upon us ... by the actions of three unions," Joyce said. "The ball is in their court. "They have to decide how badly they want to hurt Qantas. "We will provide full refunds to those who choose to cancel their flights."



The Maori Party has fired a shot in the debate over the retirement age. It wants people to get the pension when they reach the age of 60. The Maori Party has been slammed by one rival as a party led by pensioners. Maori Party co-leaders Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples both say they are looking at resigning by the next election after this.



The post-Budget poll undertaken by Horizon Research asked: "Generally, do you think it should be made compulsory for all people in work to save a percentage of their income for retirement, with employers making an equal contribution?" Most - 68 per cent - agreed or strongly agreed. There was a sense that Australia, by contrast, had caught the bus 20 years ago and was vastly better off for it. Labour's scheme would not make KiwiSaver membership compulsory (for employees) until 2014. It would leave the minimum employee contribution at 2 per cent but progressively increase the employer's contribution from 3 per cent to 7 per cent by 2022.



He went to the police and asked them to talk to his wife and remind her that he still had legal custody of the children. The response he got came as a shock. "A detective told me my wife is within her rights to take the kids wherever she wants and if she doesn't want me to speak to them again that is hard luck. "And I said: 'Well, in that case I will just go around there and get them back - I'll take them home.' "Then he started getting angry and said: 'You can't do it - she can'." "This was the beginning of the nightmare. "This was when I learned Japan is a black hole for child abduction." The police also warned Alex that if he tried to take his children back he would be arrested.



When offset against the city's natural increase – excess of births over deaths – of 1700 people during the same 12 months, Christchurch's population has fallen by 8900, or 2.4 per cent. Christchurch is the only council authority in the South Island where the population fell. The sobering news for those charged with rebuilding the city comes as other figures show Canterbury's population has decreased by 5000 (0.9 per cent). Despite that, the Selwyn District maintained its position as New Zealand's fastest-growing territorial authority, experiencing population growth of 3.9 per cent in the June 2011 year, from 39,600 residents to 41,100. Movement from Christchurch was also absorbed in Canterbury districts other than Selwyn, with population increases in Ashburton (2.3 per cent), Waimakariri (2 per cent) and Hurunui (1.9 per cent). New Zealand's population grew by 37,500, from 4,367,800 to 4,405,300 (0.9 per cent), compared with a 52,000 (1.2 per cent) rise in the year to June 30, 2010.



An estimated 10,000 people queued to get into Christchurch's Cashel Mall today as it reopened with temporary facilities for the first time since the February earthquake. Twenty-seven shops and cafes have been built from converted shipping containers in the mall, which became the first part of the city's red zone to open for business since the quake. The big drawcard, the iconic Ballantynes department store, reopened its doors after being severely damaged in the quake.



The Waiuku Rugby Club ground was last night renamed Beaver Park in honour of a favourite son who stepped up from whitebaiting on the Waikato River to kicking the All Blacks to Rugby World Cup glory. Hundreds of fans crowded outside the clubrooms to hail the homegrown first five-eighths, now a cult figure after nailing the penalty that clinched the 8-7 win over France. Children hugged him, and parents thanked Donald for coming home and inspiring their offspring. The man himself was a little overwhelmed by the attention.



A Rotorua chip shop has been crowned king of the fryers. Oppies Takeaways has been named the country's top chip shop. It shone in areas from customer service through to using rice bran oil and sticking to industry standards. Last year it won the regional title. Competition organisers say the shop is an institution in Rotorua and its commitment to excellence is second to none. Even the owners' nine-year-old son has been trained in how to cook chips.


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