ミニヘッドライン 2011/12/06



Coromandel Peninsula's new gateway road bridge at Kopu is expected to open to traffic next week, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public walk-over on Saturday. Although the Transport Agency has yet to finalise its guest list for the opening ceremony, it confirmed yesterday that the ribbon-cutting would precede the walk, from about 10am. Traffic could be using the new two-lane bridge over the Waihou River to Kopu by Monday, but the agency is reluctant to overcommit contractors as to exactly when next week it can be opened after being tied into State Highway 25. That will spell retirement for the existing one-lane bridge, which has served as the main route to Thames and the Coromandel Peninsula for 84 years.



LATEST: A car transporter has crashed south of Taihape, scattering cars it was carrying onto the road. The cars had just been imported from Japan and were being transported by Auto Movements from Wellington to Auckland, Auto Movements general manager Peter Ferry said.



Landlords have been warned not to give tenants access to their internet connection in rental agreements after a tenant illegally downloaded a copyrighted file. Under a law introduced in September, internet account holders are warned if illegal downloads are detected. Three such notices within a nine month period could lead to a $15,000 fine.



Christmas hamper company Chrisco has pleaded guilty to charges under the Fair Trading Act relating to its fees for cancelling orders. Commerce Commission enforcement manager Graham Gill said yesterday that the company pleaded guilty on October 12, almost a year after the commission started legal action, and would appear in the Manukau District Court for sentencing on February 1.



Police are hunting for a man who stabbed a woman at Waterloo School in Lower Hutt. Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Dean Simpson said the woman was walking her dog through the school's grounds about 9.30pm yesterday when she was attacked. "(It appears) the person has taken offence to the dog growling,'' Mr Simpson said. "(He) appeared to start kicking the dog and then he has attacked her with the knife.'' The man then fled the scene. The woman was taken to Hutt Hospital with a cut to her arm which needed stitches, he said.



Neighbours tried desperately to resuscitate a young woman who had been kicked in the head by a horse in a Hawera paddock. Carla Lee Morgan, 32, a mother of two, died after being struck on the side of her head while tending to the animal on a Glover Rd property on Saturday afternoon. Neighbour Megan Rolfe and her partner Mark Te Ahuahu said they heard a commotion across the back fence around 4pm and thought a horse had got out. "She was taking a blanket off the horse, and the horse got spooked by another pony that was in the paddock," Mrs Rolfe said. The horse had lashed out and caught Mrs Morgan in the side of the head.



Several police cars were damaged during a series of high speed chases in Christchurch last night. A Christchurch man managed to evade police from about 11.20pm to 1.50am, before finally smashing his Subaru into a patrol car and hitting a power pole on Opawa Rd. The tyres on the Subaru, which police believe was stolen, blew out after it was driven over a two sets of spikes at the intersection of Breezes Rd and Pages Rd. But the vehicle still managed to travel from Aranui to Opawa.



The Eurocell timber mill in Upper Hutt is being closed down, with the loss of up to 40 jobs. The mill is owned by Christchurch based Ranex Group, which bought it in 2009. The mill will be phased out over time, with the last of the timber processing staff likely to lose their jobs by March



Home buyers are turning their noses up at perfectly good homes because they look like those affected in the leaky home epidemic. Property owners and real estate agents are struggling to sell monolithic-style homes because the style is associated with the leaky home disaster that affected 110,000 homes nationally with an estimated repair cost in the billions. Ray and Robyn Bush's 1980s plaster-clad home is for sale and has been given the green light after a thermal imaging report found no evidence of leaking or moisture build-up.



The Ministry of Economic Development's bid to have bankrupt businesswoman May Wang convicted on false accounting charges has hit a stumbling block, after it emerged this week her lawyer had quit the case because his client hadn't paid her legal bills.



New Zealand homes are overvalued by 25 per cent and the country is one of nine under threat of a housing bubble burst, says the Economist. But the leading international publication's feature report - headlined House of Horrors - has been rubbished by real estate industry insiders. The Economist ranked New Zealand in the world's top overpriced markets along with Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Britain, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. It described the nine countries as being at the same stage as the United States towards the peak of its housing bubble. It said that the countries could be at a danger point and that householders had extremely high levels of borrowings, making them more vulnerable to a house-price shock. New Zealand's QV agency has found house prices nationally have dropped only 4.4 per cent below the peak in 2007, and yesterday Barfoot & Thompson released data showing the November average selling price rose by 2.5 per cent on October to $567,489, its second-highest average monthly price ever.




Teen sexting of nude photos online or via cellphone may be far less common than people think, new research suggests. Only 1 per cent of kids aged 10 to 17 have shared images of themselves or others that involve explicit nudity, a nationally representative study found. Roughly the same number said they'd shared suggestive but less graphic photos; while 7 per cent said they'd received either type of picture.




Auckland tanning salons are failing to warn and protect customers against the effects of ultraviolet light, according to Consumer NZ. A report released this morning reveals out of 13 sunbed operators surveyed around the city, only one complied with all the industry standards assessed.



A Hamilton train was hijacked last week, prompting KiwiRail to launch an internal investigation. KiwiRail would not confirm exactly how one of its remote-controlled locomotives ended up a long way from its Te Rapa base, but said an "an incident" did happen last Friday morning. Somebody entered the Crawshaw Dr yard and sent the locomotive on its jaunt south, towards Frankton station, about 3.30am.



A three-year-old boy was forced to eat a cigarette butt by his Child, Youth and Family (CYF) guardians. Despite continued complaints, the boy and his brother were left with the Christchurch guardian family for five years. CYF has begun an investigation into the caregivers, and no more children will be placed in their care until it is completed. The boys were placed in the guardians' care in 2006.



Noel Leeming Group is reporting increased sales and market share in the fiercely competitive consumer electronics market, thanks in part to sales of flat-screen televisions before the Rugby World Cup. Chief executive John Journee said television sales lifted 35 per cent year-on-year in the three months to September as rugby fans prepared for the tournament.



All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has admitted he was "surprised" the International Rugby Board did not cite French player Aurelien Rougerie for the infamous eye gouge in the Rugby World Cup final. Speaking for the first time about the incident, McCaw said the final against the French got "filthy" when he was eye-gouged. "The French are worse when they are scared ... They were as bad as they have been and were going for the eyes," he said. "My eye was a bit sore for a while and I was struggling to see for a bit. I was surprised they didn't cite him."

オールブラックスのキャプテン、リッチー・マッコウが自身に起きたフランス代表の目潰し行為に公の場で初めて苦言を呈しています。彼いわく、フランスのやつらは恐怖を感じると(選手の振る舞いが)ひどくなっていた、彼らはさらに目潰し行為をするほどそれは悪化していった。オレの目はしばらく痛みを伴い、ほんの少しの間、見ることにもがいていた。オレは、国際ラグビー委員会(IRB)が目潰しをした奴を調査しないことに驚いている、と話しています。これは、フランスの選手Aurelien Rougerieが、リッチー・マッコウの顔へ手を伸ばし、どさくさに紛れて彼の目の中に指を入れていた行為に対して述べたもので、一般に放映されたあの映像で普通に確認できた不正行為にもかかわらず、IRDが何の処分も検討しないのは、ちょっと公平性に欠けるように思います。


Sonny Bill Williams will fight for the New Zealand heavyweight title when he next enters the ring in Hamilton in February. The All Blacks rugby star announced today he would fight Auckland-based title-holder Richard Tutaki on Wednesday, February 8 at the city's Claudelands Events centre. The fight will be 17 days before his new Chiefs franchise open their Super Rugby season. Williams, 26, is allowed a certain number of fights under his New Zealand Rugby Union contract. He has fought four times - three of them under the NZRU agreement - for four wins, including two by knockout.



Judges, jurors and barristers are to replace their traditional bundles with iPad-style devices in an attempt to create paperless courts. Prosecutors will be given tablet devices that will contain all the evidence and documentation needed to conduct court hearings. All Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) departments in England and Wales are preparing to roll out the devices from April. A mock trial is due to be held at Norwich Crown Court to test the system and prosecutors in Norfolk are to be given 35 Hewlett Packard tablets worth up to £1000 ($2000) each in preparation.



Nasa has found a new planet outside our solar system that's eerily similar to Earth in key aspects. Scientists say the temperature on the surface of the planet is about a comfy 72 degrees. Its star could almost be a twin of our sun. It likely has water and land. It was found in the middle of the habitable zone, making it the best potential target for life yet. The discovery announced early today (NZ time) was made by Nasa's Kepler planet-hunting telescope. This is the first time Kepler confirmed a planet outside our solar system in the not-too-hot, not-too-cold habitable zone.




Scientists have found the biggest black holes known to exist — each one 10 billion times the size of our sun. A team led by an astronomer at the University of California at Berkeley discovered the two gigantic black holes in clusters of galaxies 300 million light years away. That's relatively close on the galactic scale.



LUCKY ESCAPE: Safety features in his rally car saw Hayden Paddon walk away from what could have been a disastrous accident with only a broken collarbone, while hosting corporate rides in the Geraldine Forest. Rally driver Hayden Paddon has walked away with only a broken collarbone after his car plunged 200 metres down a virtually sheer cliff.



Australian jobs advertised on the internet and in newspapers are on a slowing trend after the number remained the same last month compared with October. The flatlining figure tied in with a slowing annual rate of 0.2 per cent growth, the ANZ Job Advertisements Series said yesterday. ANZ predicted unemployment would rise to 5 per cent by the middle of next year. Jobs advertised in newspapers grew by 0.6 per cent last month, but were 15.9 per cent lower than a year ago, reflecting a growing trend for online advertisements. Internet advertising was 1 per cent higher than the same time last year.



An international survey found nearly half of expats in New Zealand say the economy has worsened since the beginning of 2011. Despite that, 55 per cent intend to stay here – double the survey average – to take advantage of the best work-life balance among 31 countries. Only 34 per cent of expats said the country's economy was strong, and 45 per cent said it had deteriorated since the start of 2010. Most were prepared to ride it out, just 9 per cent looking to move to another country. The exception is Britain, where high costs in a worsening economy prompted 16 per cent of expats to attempt to move.




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