ミニヘッドライン 2011/12/07



Good news Christchurch, your pure clean water is back on tap. Chlorine was added to the city's water supply following the February 22 earthquake to address contamination issues caused by damage to underground water and sewer systems. Council city water and waste manager Mark Christison said Christchurch residents can rest easy with the knowledge that their drinking water is now free from chlorine and remains safe to drink. "The majority of water supplies in New Zealand have chlorine in them on a permanent basis. We are lucky here in Christchurch that our standard water quality levels are so high that chlorine is not normally required," he said



Staff and resourcing cuts at the Conservation Department will send more species to extinction and cost the country its 100 per cent pure brand, a group of top academics is warning the Government. More than 100 scientists who are at the top of their field in the areas of conservation and biology have today sent a letter of caution to the Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson and DOC director general Al Morrison. "Recessions come and go: extinction is forever," they said. In September, DOC confirmed it would cut 96 jobs over the next six months in a restructure aimed at saving $7.5 million. In addition, the agency has not been able to guarantee more jobs will not be cut following pressure from the Government on the public sector to make more savings.

保存局(DOC、Department of Conservation)が削減の対象となり、ニュージーランドの100%ピュアを維持することが困難になるのではないかと指摘しています。9月の時点で、向こう6ヶ月の間に$7.5ミリオンの削減を要求されており、96人が解雇される可能性があるようです。


The Christchurch City Council has been accused of delaying demolition of heritage buildings, which collapsed and killed 12 people in the February 22 earthquake. Fresh evidence presented to Canterbury Earthquakes royal commission also show at least one building dangerously damaged after the September quake was never fenced off and subsequently collapsed in February, killing people. This afternoon, the council's lawyer Duncan Laing, of Simpson Grierson, asked for the hearing into buildings at 603 and 605 to 613 Colombo St to be adjourned to next year, after fresh evidence surface raise ''reputational" issues. Allegations had been made about the council's conduct in demolishing heritage building after the September earthquake, on which the council needed more time to respond, he said. ''These two buildings are particularly fraught.'' The unreinforced masonry buildings on Colombo St collapsed in the February 22 earthquake. One of them fell on top of a bus, killing eight people and another onto the pavement, killing four. The commission's lawyer Mark Zarifeh said evidence alleged that council had delayed owners' requests to demolish the buildings after the September 4 quake because of heritage concerns.




Speaking from their Richmond home this morning, 23-year-old Sharny Abbott's grief-stricken family couldn't fathom how he came to drown while tramping on Sunday. Police recovered Mr Abbott's body last night after a day-long search. They believe he lost his footing in the first of several river crossings in the Hackett Stream. Stepfather Rex Westley said Mr Abbott "knew what he was doing in the wilderness". "That's what the big shock is all about and no-one knows what's happened or why it's happened. "He could do that a hundred times and come through this river. He wasn't just an amateur." Mr Abbott's body was found at 6pm yesterday in the Roding River, about 7km downstream from where police believe he slipped. Mr Westley said his stepson's death was a lesson to others. "Even though he was experienced, we've got to let people know you've still got to be careful out there in the wilderness. He wasn't just another tramper who made a cock-up."



At least eight people were involved in a Queenstown kidnapping, police say, and officers raided several homes in the resort yesterday. Police say all of those involved in the kidnapping lived in the Queenstown area and were aged 17 to 28. The charges related to an incident on November 27 in which 28-year-old Cromwell man Jason Wynyard and his girlfriend, 23, were lured to the intersection of the Crown Range road and State Highway 6. There, Wynyard was apparently attacked by masked men armed with a meat cleaver and a machete. Meanwhile, Queenstown receptionist Rachel Faul remains in custody after being charged with aggravated wounding, kidnapping and dangerous driving.



A prominent sportsman died suddenly in front of his wife after choking on a piece of food in a tragic accident. Mike Siave, 35, the captain of the New Zealand men's netball team, was eating dinner with his wife Amanda Siave on Friday when he suddenly collapsed to the floor, unable to breathe. His wife rushed to his side and performed CPR until an ambulance arrived but Mr Siave died on the scene. The coroner's report deemed he died from asphyxiation caused by a food blockage.



Ashburton Hospital has been forced to close two buildings discovered to be at high risk of collapsing in an earthquake. The outpatients and therapy service buildings include unreinforced masonry and are no longer deemed safe. Alternative facilities are being arranged. The buildings were assessed as part of the Canterbury District Health Board's process of reviewing the seismic capacity of buildings.



Blayney, 20, was performing in a Vertical Pedestrians show on the first day of the Random Acts festival in Aotea Square. While hanging from the side of the Metro Centre, she fell to the ground in front of a small crowd of shocked onlookers. She was rushed to hospital around 11.30am yesterday suffering a suspected fractured cheekbone and cut under her chin. Speaking from the hospital today, Don Blayney said doctors had discovered another broken bone on the other side of her face as well as one in her foot, though they believed that was the extent of the damage. "The good news is almost certainly there is no major damage, the fractures are obviously uncomfortable and will require a degree of possibly surgery and treatment and stuff, but all in all it's pretty good news.



The group reported an annual net profit for the year to August of $18.3 million, down 6.6 per cent on the previous year, with sales down 0.8 per cent. Glassons New Zealand reported profit after tax of $10.13 million, 13.9 per cent lower than the $11.77 million reported the year before, but current trading patterns suggested Glassons New Zealand was starting to regain some market share as it had performed better in the second half of the year, Bell said. The group planned to refurbish 10 Glassons stores in New Zealand in 2012, to be modelled on its flagship Newmarket store which opened in August last year.



Lauren Scruggs, a fashion blogger, model and former wardrobe assistant on Gossip Girl, was getting off a small plane at a private airport in Dallas on Saturday night, when she walked into the propeller. The propeller sliced her face, shoulder and severed her left hand, which was later amputated. The 23-year-old has undergone several reconstructive surgeries, but the extent of any brain damage is not known and she may have permanently lost sight in her left eye, America's ABC News reported.



The council organisation confirmed yesterday that it would designate 10 free on-street parking spaces for the exclusive use of the car-sharing company Cityhop, which has more than 500 subscribers including Government departments and universities. Cityhop co-founder Victoria Carter, a former Auckland City Council member, said she was thrilled about the breakthrough and intended stationing cars from her 25-vehicle fleet at three initial sites from Thursday. Members of the scheme, who include more than 450 individuals and 70 companies, have until now had to collect cars for hire for $15 an hour from council parking buildings where Cityhop had to pay for spaces.



Japan's Meiji Holdings said today that radioactive cesium was found in infant milk powder made by the food and dairy firm, in the latest food scare to grip the country nearly nine months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Meiji said it was recalling 400,000 cans of the infant formula, which is sold only in Japan. Worries over the safety of food supplies have shaken the public after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi plant in the worst nuclear accident in 25 years, spreading radiation over a large swathe of northern and eastern Japan.



New Zealanders increased spending on their debit and credit cards by 3.2% last month, according to Paymark, which processes three quarters of transactions. Paymark handled 77 million transactions, worth $3.9 million in November, it said in a statement. The biggest rise was in the dry cleaning and laundry sector, up 13%, followed by a 7% increase for appliance stores and a 5.7% gain for beauty and hairdressing. Auckland/Northland was the fastest growing region in terms of value, rising 4.8%, with a peak growth rate of 7.6% in South Canterbury. 



UPDATE: TelstraClear’s unmetered broadband weekend can be counted a success after customers took advantage in a frenzy of up and downloading, the company saidthis afternoon. Customers used two and a half times more data overall than the previous weekend, TelstraClear said. Total usage was 359 terabytes (TB), 216TB more than the weekend before. The greatest data benefit was to customers on the TelstraClear cable network, with total data they used being three times more than the previous weekend, jumping from 76 to 232TB, TelstraClear said. The company also seized on TrueNet's independent testing (below) and TrueNet's analysis that, overall, the trial was a success. TrueNet found DSL speed dropped by up to 40%, and Cable by up to 64%. At times, congestion prevented testing.



Sydney Airport is planning a major overhaul that would see terminals divided by what airline passengers are flying with rather than where they are travelling. Under the plan, the domestic terminals would accommodate Qantas, its international partners and Jetstar, and the international terminal would take Virgin Australia and other international airlines. Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather said connection times would be faster for passengers and aircraft turnaround times would be cut.



An Australian court today reversed a ban on the sale of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Galaxy tablet computers in the country, handing it a rare victory against rival Apple Inc in the firms' intensifying global patent war. Samsung welcomed the decision, but the ruling does not mean it can immediately resume sales because the court granted Apple a stay on lifting the Australian sales ban until Friday afternoon.



A growing number of Japanese environmental and consumer groups are joining in protest against the use of disaster recovery funds to subsidise the loss-making whaling fleet. The government recently gave the whalers 2.28 billion yen ($37.6 million) as part of a special budget for recovery from the March 11 triple disaster. Much of the extra funding will go towards security forces for the whaling fleet, which left Japan yesterday for the Antarctic, where conflict is expected with Sea Shepherd activists. A total of 18 Japanese non-government organisations, including the Environmental Lawyers Federation and Consumers Union have signed on to a protest letter to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.



They clutter up pockets and fill up purses, yet can never be found when you need to get a refund. Now experts predict the paper receipt has almost reached the end of the roll - and will soon be replaced by emails. Major retailers in the UK including Tesco are looking into setting up a paperless receipts system, similar to one already used by technology giant Apple in its stores. Under the proposals, shoppers would have their purchase confirmations emailed to them instead of printed. Former Tesco chief executive Lord MacLaurin, who has invested in a firm called Paperless Receipts, said: "Why, when most transactions are recorded digitally, are retailers still printing on paper?"



Australia's competition watchdog and online dating industry will crack down on fraudsters exploiting lonely hearts next year, after more than 1600 Australians reported losing A$17 million ($22.3 million) in the online search for romance this year, up from A$15 million last year. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is asking the online dating and romance industry to comment on draft guidelines for cleaning up the industry. ''Online dating and romance scams cause significant harm to Australian consumers, targeting people from all walks of life, education, background and age group,'' the regulatory body said. The ACCC's announcement comes just days after a Sydney Morning Herald story about a NSW doctor who paid A$3 million over several years to an online dating agency in the belief he was helping a potential girlfriend.



Fans gathering to greet Tom Cruise at Mumbai Airport were in fact paid extras who had never heard of the actor, it has been reported. Firstpost Bollywood reported the about 200 people who gathered at the airport had been hired by a model coordinator at the rate of Rs 150, or NZ$3.70 per person.



The world's oldest living dog has died in Japan at the age of 26. The Daily Mail says Pusuke, a male cross breed, died peacefully early this week at Sakura in Tochigi prefecture. In human years, he was 125. A year ago, the Guinness Book of Records named the pooch as the oldest on the planet. The previous record was held by a 28-year-old beagle in the US, who died in 2003. Owner Yumiko Shinohara said Pusuke had been in good health but on Monday suddenly stopped eating and had problems breathing. He died in the afternoon just minutes after Shinohara had returned home from a walk.



We had a general election and a Budget full of cuts, but when it came to what we wanted to know more about this year, it was all rugby. Google has today released its list of New Zealanders' most-searched-for terms of the year, and the annual cultural barometer reveals the extent of our love for our national game.


Top Overall Searches


1. New Zealand

2. Facebook

3. Auckland

4. YouTube

5. Games

6. Trade Me

7. Google

8. Hotmail

9. Rugby

10. Weather

Fastest Rising Searches


1. Rugby World Cup

2. Japan Earthquake

3. iPhone 5

4. Pippa Middleton

5. Adele

6. Nek Minute

7. Google Plus

8. Amy Winehouse

9. Steven Tyler

10. Ken Ring

By Region




1. Rugby World Cup

2. Minecraft

3. Friv

4. Tumblr

5. YouTube to mp3



1. Cool maths games

2. Friv

3. Facebook

4. Rugby World Cup

5. Earthquake



1. Trade Me

2. Facebook

3. YouTube

4. Games

5. You



1. eBay

2. Facebook

3. Friv

4. Miniclip

5. Moshi Monsters

Most Googled Kiwis


1. Sonny Bill Williams

2. Richie McCaw

3. David Tua

4. Hone Harawira

5. John Key

6. Ken Ring

7. Dan Carter

8. Jonah Lomu

9. Graham Henry

10. Robbie Deans

11. Scott Guy

Top Image Searches


1. Sonny Bill Williams

2. Justin Bieber

3. Katy Perry

4. New Zealand

5. All Blacks

6. Selena Gomez

7. Megan Fox

8. Kim Kardashian

9. Nicki Minaj

10. Christchurch earthquake

Most Googled politicians


1. Hone Harawira

2. John Key

3. Darren Hughes

4. Phil Goff

5. Winston Peters

6. Don Brash

7. Rodney Hide

8. Helen Clark

9. Chris Carter

10. John Banks

Top Newsmakers


1. Christchurch quake

2. Rugby World Cup

3. Japanese tsunami

4. All Blacks

5. iPhone

6. Sonny Bill Williams

7. Cricket

8. China

9. Warriors

10. Apple

Regions Seeking Love


1. Waikato

2. Wellington

3. Auckland

4. Canterbury

Top Food And Drink


1. Double Down burger

2. Red velvet cupcakes

3. Pizza

4. Macaroon

5. Buttercream icing

6. Chocolate cupcakes

7. Chocolate brownie

8. Peanut butter cookies

9. Chicken thigh recipes

10. Potato bake

Top Celebrities


1. Kim Kardashian

2. Scarlett Johansson

3. Emma Watson

4. Britney Spears

5. Khloe Kardashian

6. Jennifer Aniston

7. Jessica Alba

8. Megan Fox

9. Angelina Jolie

10. Lindsay Lohan

Top Sports Searches


1. Rugby World Cup

2. All Blacks

3. Bledisloe Cup

4. Tri-Nations

5. Wimbledon

6. NRL

7. Melbourne Cup

8. Webb Ellis Cup

9. Tui virtual rugby

10. Copa America

Rugby-Mad Regions



2. Gisborne

3. Southland

4. Northland

5. Hawke's Bay

6. Marlborough

7. Manawatu-Whanganui

8. Bay of Plenty

9. Nelson


A third of New Zealanders believe Earth has been visited by UFOs from other planets, according to a new survey. UMR Research's online omnibus survey covered a sample of 1000 New Zealanders aged 18 and over and explored New Zealanders' beliefs in a range of areas. While 33% said they believe in UFOs, when broken down into age groups the proportion dropped to 26% among over 60-year-olds. Among other findings, 55% of respondents said they think at least some people have psychic powers such as ESP, with 67% of women, 63% of over 60-year-olds and 60% of Maori particularly likely to believe this is true. Six in 10 of respondents said they believe in God. This included 72% of women but only 52% of men. Seventy-eight-percent said they believe that Jesus was a real person who lived 2000 years ago. A narrow majority, 57%, said they believe in life after death, although belief in the afterlife declined with age from 65% of under 30-year-olds to 49% of over 60-year-olds. Only 24% said they think astrology can predict people's futures.




Assault allegations will be investigated after Australian police stripped an Occupy Melbourne protester from her "tent dress" and left her in her underwear. The woman, Sarah, was yesterday stripped to her underwear at the Occupy Melbourne site in Flagstaff Gardens during a confrontation with police.



Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon region fell to its lowest in 23 years in the year through July, the government said today, attributing the drop to its tougher stance against illegal logging. Destruction of the Brazilian portion of the world's largest rain forest dropped 11% to 6238 square km over the 12-month period, satellite data from Brazil's National Institute for Space Research showed. That is less than a quarter of the forest area that was destroyed in 2004, when clear-cutting by farmers expanding their cattle and soy operations reached a recent peak. Brazil has stepped up its monitoring and enforcement policies in the Amazon in recent years but the improvement has partly been driven by slower global economic growth that has reduced demand and prices for the country's farm produce.



Massive underwater volcanoes are slipping into a highly active fault line in the Pacific Ocean, but scientists are baffled as to what the effects of the phenomenon will be. Incredible new images reveal how tectonic action is dragging huge volcanoes into the Tonga-Kermadec Trench, a fault line which runs north from New Zealand towards Tonga and Samoa, BBC reported.





A giant iceberg that sent smaller icebergs floating off the Otago coast in 2006 is still going. A Nasa MODIS satellite captured images of the hunk of ice last Friday showing it drifting 2400 kilometres east south east of New Zealand and slowly melting. Now dubbed B-15J, it broke off the Ross Ice Shelf in 2000 and at 11,000 square kilometres - slightly smaller than the whole Northland region - blocked up McMurdo Sound until 2005. 



More than three decades after launching, NASA's workhorse spacecraft is inching closer to leaving the solar system behind. Currently 11 billion miles (17.7 billion kilometres) away from the sun, Voyager 1 has been exploring the fringes of the solar system since 2004. Scientists said on Monday in the US the spacecraft has entered a new region in the solar system that they have dubbed the "stagnation zone". Voyager 1 still has a little way to go before it completely exits the solar system and becomes the first manmade probe to cross into interstellar space, or the vast space between stars.



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