ミニヘッドライン 2011/12/29-30



Nelson Civil Defence is advising residents who live in slip-prone areas to find somewhere else to stay as the region prepares for another drenching. A tropical low passing over the country is expected to bring heavy rain to the Nelson Region, northern Marlborough, Taranaki and the Bay of Plenty from this afternoon and into the weekend. Up to 200mm could fall in those areas, with Nelson set to be worst-hit. MetService is warning the deluge could cause slips and surface flooding in the region, which is still recovering from severe flooding earlier this month.



The death brings the holiday road toll to 11. Police roading national manager Superintendent Paul Rose said "any way you look at it, it is just horrific". "Eleven families that are suffering the very raw grief of a tragedy at this time of the year," she said. The holiday road toll period began at 4.30pm on December 23 and ends at 6am on January 4. Last year the holiday period ended with 12 deaths on the road.



Ongoing shakes in Canterbury means locals could be in for a very dry summer. Christchurch City Council has announced that unless significant rainfall arrives soon, a total watering ban will be imposed. The council says it will take weeks to fix the underground network and restrictions are already in place - even and odd numbered properties are only allowed to use water on alternate, allocated days. But a scorching summer forecast and widespread damage to pipes from the latest quakes means supply could soon dry up.



A teenager facing charges over the savage attack on a girl at a Turangi holiday park nearly broke into tears when he appeared in court today. The 16-year-old accused appeared in Taupo Youth Court this afternoon and was remanded in custody to reappear at the same court on January 12 at 11am. Bail was not sought. The victim needed four hours of surgery after receiving injuries to her head, face and body in the December 21 attack. She had been asleep in the caravan with her three-year-old brother. Their parents had been in an amenity block nearby when the mother discovered the caravan locked and saw a male lying on her daughter. More than $38,000 has been donated to a trust fund at Westpac Bank to help with ongoing support for the girl. Another $13,000 was raised from a collection in Turangi, an impressive feat for a township of about 3500 people. Waikato Hospital spokeswoman Mary Anne Gill said the girl's family had been blown away by the generosity of New Zealanders. Her parents, believed to be Belgian, had indicated they wanted to use the money for their daughter's future.



Three large men lifted a car off a pedestrian who was hit while he waited for a bus in Lower Hutt. Senior Seargant Warren Harris, of Lower Hutt, said police wanted to speak to the three men - described as large, possibly Maori or Polynesian. The accident happened in Queens Drive at 1.20pm yesterday. Harris said it appeared an elderly woman driver lost control of the car while trying to park. The Toyota car smashed through the glass-walled bus stop, before striking the 68-year-old man. "He was wedged under the front of the car, and three people lifted it off him," Harris said. "We'd like to give them a pat on the back. They've done a really good job."



A Palmerston North man has survived a horror smash with a milk tanker, but his $146,000 late model BMW – described as one of the safest cars in the world – is a mangled wreck. The 40-year-old man was in Palmerston North Hospital in a serious but stable condition today after the 2010 BMW 535i he was driving was involved in a collision with a Fonterra milk tanker on State Highway 3, south of Sanson, yesterday morning. He was travelling north when the car and the tanker hit about 8.30am. Neither vehicle was believed to be speeding, but the force of the impact tore the car's bonnet off and showered the road with debris across several hundred metres. The driver of the tanker was in shock but not injured. A dog in the BMW was also injured in the crash and was treated by a vet in Bulls.

ミルクタンカーと衝突した$146,000もするBMW 535iがぼろぼろになっています。警察によると、いずれも速度違反はなかった模様で、衝突の衝撃があまりに大きかったことからこのように車両が大破したのではないかとみています。破片は数百メートルも飛ばされていたようです。


Taxpayers have paid out more than $1.9 billion, with the lion's share going to South Canterbury Finance investors. Nine finance houses failed under the Crown guarantee. The final cost to taxpayers will be less than the total paid to depositors covered by the scheme, but that depends on how much is recovered from the firms that triggered the guarantee. The original deposit guarantee was introduced in late 2008 at the height of the global financial crisis, when the world's banking systems froze up. The government brought in the guarantee as an emergency measure to maintain confidence in the New Zealand banking system.



Canterbury police are going to leave their Hereford Street building in Christchurch as a precaution in the event of further damaging earthquakes in Christchurch. The decision comes on the same day police decided the quake-damaged historic Lyttelton Police station would not be rebuilt. Mr Cliff said the building was no less safe than it was before the September 4 earthquake last year, but a precautionary approach was being taken due to the services the building provides.



New figures show almost 900 fewer cars a week travelled over the Auckland Harbour Bridge this year compared with last year. The drop corresponds with a fall in petrol sales in the city and an increase in public transport patronage. NZTA figures show 1,684,601 cars crossed the bridge in the year to December, 44,545 fewer than last year.



A man has died after a ride-on lawnmower landed on his head as it fell down a bank in the Marlborough Sounds. Kenepuru Sound resident Roger Bennett, 68, had been mowing lawns at award-winning children's author Joy Cowley's Fish Bay bach on December 21. The retired school principal died on Monday, Boxing Day, from injuries sustained in the accident. As Bennett mowed, the mower slipped down a bank, landing on his head, causing critical injuries, a Summit rescue helicopter spokesman said. Bennett was rushed to Wellington Hospital via helicopter.



Portia Himsel thought she had found a marble in a shell while playing at a Banks Peninsula beach on Boxing Day, but she may have stumbled on one of New Zealand's most valuable pearls. The Halswell 6-year-old was at the water's edge at a bay near Birdlings Flat when a partly opened grey shell caught her eye. "I threw a rock at it and it didn't move," she said. "That's why I opened it up and I saw the pearl. I didn't really think much when I saw it. "I thought it was a marble. I pulled it out and showed Mum and Dad."



A severe weather warning probably wasn't the forecast TVNZ's Tamati Coffey was hoping for today, when he is said to join in a civil union with partner Tim Smith. According to a Gay NZ article last week, the weatherman's ceremony was set to take place between Christmas and the New Year. Earlier today former Dancing with the Stars host Jason Gunn tweeted: "Off to a very special wedding today. Can't say much - but I'm sure the 'Coffee' there will be fantastic!"



Some 8 million people have received emails from the New York Times offering a special discount if they would reconsider their decision to cancel their subscriptions. The trouble is, the offer was supposed to go to only about 300 people who had decided to stop taking home delivery of the newpaper. Instead, it was erroneously sent by a New York Times employee to more than 8 million people on an email marketing list. The debacle lit up social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, sparking concerns that hackers might have broken into the newspaper's computer network to send out spam. A spokeswoman for the newspaper blamed human error, saying hackers were not involved and security was not at fault.



A standard 20-pack of cigarettes will break through the $15 price tag on New Year's Day. The 14.6 per cent price hike, the result of the annual adjustment to the excise duty, is the third since June last year. Scientist and tobacco industry whistleblower Dr Jeffrey Wigand said New Zealand had made progress at fighting tobacco addiction but more work was needed.




A 4.4 magnitude aftershock has rattled Christchurch overnight. The 15km deep quake struck 20km north-east of Christchurch at 4.45am, according to GeoNet. It was widley felt throughout Chirstchurch and in Akaroa. The early morning shake followed a 4.3 magnitude quake at 10.48pm last night. That quake was centred 10km east of Christchurch and was 10km deep. It was also widely felt. Christchurch has been shaken by around 200 aftershocks since Friday, when four quakes over magnitude 5 struck the city, according to the GNS Science database.



Civil Defence says heavy rain in Nelson-Tasman is easing, though a slip has closed Rocks Road. The closure is between Richardson St and Bisley Ave. The road (State Highway 6) will remain closed overnight, with a geotechnical assessment being undertaken once the rain ends. Motorists are being warned of delays due to the slip which followed a deluge of at least 150 millimetres of rain falling in Nelson in the last 24 hours.

大雨の影響が最も心配されていたネルソンで、雨による土砂崩れによりリチャードソンストリート(Richardson St)とビスレイアヴェニュー(Bisley Ave)の間にある国道6号線が通行止めとなり、引き続き明日まで閉鎖される予定です。ネルソンでは過去24時間で毎時150mmの雨が降っていたため、他の場所でも地滑りや土砂崩れの恐れがあるため、車を運転する人々へ注意が呼びかけられています。また、閉鎖されている他の道路については、こちらを確認して下さい。


One of the cars involved in a head-on crash that killed two people on the Kapiti Coast this afternoon was packed full of holiday gear, according to one of the first people who helped at the scene afterwards. Two people died and a number of people, including children, were injured in the "horrific'' crash which happened at a blackspot at an intersection with State Highway 1 just north of Paraparaumu about 2.45pm. One person died at the scene but another died shortly after being prepared for transfer to Wellington Hospital, Ambulance spokesman David Ross said. Another person was in a critical condition, one in a serious condition and three children had moderate to serious injuries.



Bad weather is not dampening the mood in the Coromandel ahead of one of the country's biggest New Year's parties. The two-day Coromandel Gold event at Whitianga is going ahead despite warnings of more heavy rain. An expected 12,500 hardened campers are descending on the region, stopping on the way to buy key supplies. Umbrellas are in hot demand, as are gumboots in anticipation of the muddy party site.



A deep 4.2 earthquake in Marlborough this morning was felt in Picton and Wellington, according to GNS Science. The quake struck at 8.31am, and was centred 30km west of Picton, near the Rai Valley, at a depth of 100km. GNS Science received reports the quake was felt in Havelock, Maraetai Bay, Picton, Te Aro, Newton, and Churton Park.



Nearly 1000 Canterbury residents face having no earthquake insurance after tomorrow as their provider quits the New Zealand market. Ansvar Insurance is withdrawing its coverage after being swamped with more than $700 million in quake-related claims since September last year. The company, which specialises in insuring churches and education and heritage buildings, has struggled to find affordable reinsurance since then. It said in September this year that it would not offer quake insurance and would not renew cover after December 1. Existing policies will expire tomorrow.



Sun, silt and sex ... people living in earthquake-hit suburbs are flocking to online dating sites to find love amid the ruins. Sumner and New Brighton are among the busiest suburbs in Christchurch for online dating activity on website FindSomeone. Central Christchurch has seen 26% of all Canterbury online dating activity in the past 24 weeks, with 10% of activity in Sumner and New Brighton, and 9% in Sydenham, Cashmere, St Martins and Waltham. FindSomeone operations manager Mike O'Donnell said activity on the site had increased after the September, June and February quakes. The typical profile of an online dater in Canterbury is a person aged 34, of European extraction and with tertiary education. Nearly half of Canterbury online daters have children, and 56% are men.



Huge jackpots lured New Zealanders into spending a record $926 million on Lotto, Instant Kiwi and other lotteries in the last year - and the Lotteries Commission wants to boost sales further. But the Problem Gambling Foundation says it is not socially responsible for the state-owned commission to aim for growth in gambling during tough economic times. In its 2010/11 annual report, the commission highlights its "exceptional sales result" of $925.9 million during the year, achieved from "successful changes to Lotto and Instant Kiwi,as well as two large Powerball jackpots". The figure equals spending of $210 year on lotteries by every man, woman and child living in New Zealand. It was $143.6 million up - an 18.4 per cent increase - on the previous year, "which did not have the benefit of extraordinary jackpot runs".



New Zealand is set for its lowest annual toll of road deaths since 1952 - the last year in which fewer than 300 people were killed in vehicle crashes. Despite a grim holiday road toll of 11 deaths so far since Christmas Eve, the annual figure stood last night at 280 people killed, with just two days left of the year. That compares with 375 road deaths last year, which was the second-lowest toll since 1960. The toll peaked at 843 deaths in 1973, leading to the first drink-drive blitzes followed by anti-speeding and pro-seatbelt campaigns. Such messages had seen large reductions in deaths among young people, starting with those aged 15 to 19, of whom 33 had been killed by December 23 compared with 51 by the same time last year and 52 in 2009. The toll for those aged 20 to 24 stood at 44, against 61 last year, and was just 45 for those between 25 and 39.



More than 3300 dogs impounded in Auckland were destroyed in 2010-11 after being unclaimed by their owners and deemed too dangerous to be adopted. Only 670 dogs were given to new homes, according to Auckland Council figures for the year to July, and one in three seized animals was put down.




Auckland dogs destroyed in 2010-11 compared with number adopted:


Central 535 (76 adopted)

セントラル 535頭 (76頭)

Manukau 1754 (174)

マヌカウ 1754頭 (174頭)

Franklin 147 (49)

フランクリン 147頭 (49頭)

Papakura 258 (39)

パパクラ 258頭 (39頭)

West 458 (196)

ウェスト 458頭 (196頭)

North 186 (137)

ノース 186頭 (137頭)


Samoa will erase today from its calendar as it moves a day ahead on the international dateline. Six months ago, the Samoan government unilaterally decided to move the international date-line from the west to the east of the nation. At midnight tonight Samoa will jump from Thursday, December the 29th to Saturday the 31st. Friday the 30th, 2011 will have never happened.



After fighting the varroa mite for ten years, the bee industry is now facing a new threat. Beekeepers say the country's transition to dairy farming has wiped out many plants bees rely on for pollen. Pollen is the main protein for honey bees and beekeepers are reporting a marked decrease in pollen sources nationwide.



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