ミニヘッドライン 2012/01/10



A woman has been charged with abducting a baby from Middlemore Hospital after pretending to be pregnant for nine months. Counties-Manukau Police spokeswoman Ana-Mari Gates-Bowey says the 24-year-old Fijian-Indian told her partner she was about to give birth to their child, so he dropped her off at the hospital. She went inside and walked the corridors for several hours looking for a child she could call her own, before calling her partner to tell him she'd had the baby. "On her way out of the hospital, when she had a small two day old Indian child with her, that she'd taken from the birthing unit, a nurse stopped her in her tracks, and asked her to come back inside," she told Newstalk ZB. The woman was arrested and charged, and was granted bail after appearing in court on Thursday.



Debbie Armstrong watched as a car rushed past her and ploughed into her husband David, killing him. The couple were cycling along State Highway 36 at Pyes Pa in Tauranga and had briefly stopped on the side of the busy road about midday on Sunday when the car sped around the corner and hit the 50-year-old father of two. Police believe speed and driver behaviour were the main factors for the crash. Mrs Armstrong suffered minor injuries and was yesterday recovering at her mother's house at Mt Maunganui, while Mr Armstrong died at the scene.



A Central Otago hunter who went missing on a solo trip in Mount Aspiring National Park has been found dead. The body of Mathew John Laing, from Alexandra, was discovered at around 6.45pm last night. Police said it is believed the 23-year-old fell while hunting Chamois on precipitous mountain faces in the Rob Roy Valley. The search, which began late on Sunday night continued yesterday, involving Wanaka Police, LandSAR Wanaka, as well as Alpine Cliff Rescue personnel. "We are very fortunate to have a team as expert and dedicated as LandSAR Wanaka," Wanaka Police SAR coordinator Sergeant Aaron Nicholson said. "On behalf of everyone involved in the search, our deepest sympathy goes out to Mr Laing's family," Nicholson said. The death has been referred to the Coroner.



A surprise 50th birthday treat turned to tragedy after the hot air balloon Stephen Hopkirk and partner Belinda Harter were travelling in crashed in a ball of flames. The couple, aged 50 and 49, were among the 11 victims of the tragic crash near Carterton on Saturday and were planning on putting their lives on hold to take up more adventures. Hopkirk's sister, Ruth McIntosh, described him as an "easy-going man with a kind heart", who had taken on a fresh chapter in his life after caring for his late wife Pam who died after a long illness. "He and his recent partner Belinda were inseparable; together they enjoyed a whirl of outdoor activities," McIntosh said in a statement.



The stern section of the MV Rena has not shifted any further since three-quarters of it sank beneath the waves this morning, but bad weather has forced container recovery to come to another temporary halt. It was confirmed today that around 400 containers were still in in the stern section of the ship, which is 75 per cent submerged. Maritime New Zealand salvage unit manager Dave Billington confirmed this afternoon that the stern section has been stable since 10am, after progressively sinking over the previous half-hour. Earlier it was estimated around 150 containers fell overboard when the ship split in two on Saturday night. Claudine Sharp, of recovery specialist Braemar Howells, said 45 containers had been identified and of these, 25 had washed up on the beach or come ashore.



Containers and debris from the wrecked Rena could drift as far north as holiday hotspot Whitianga and beachgoers have been warned to look out for timber and other dangerous material that could be hidden in the surf. Mt Maunganui and Papamoa were yesterday spared the worst of the Rena breaking in two, but several freight containers and hundreds of 20kg bags of milk powder washed up on Waihi Beach - nearly 60km away.



A 4.1 magnitude earthquake has hit Christchurch overnight. The quake struck at 3.38am, 20km east of Christchurch, at a depth of 10km. GNS Science said the quake was felt across Canterbury. Earlier, two small earthquakes struck on the Hawkes Bay. A magnitude 3.4, centred 20km north of Napier at a depth of 30km, struck at 1.48am, and was followed by a magnitude 3.6, centred 30km southeast of Havelock North at a depth of 20km, at 2.06am.



An exceptional dry spell has seen a popular tourist town run out of water in its peak season. The Westland District Council says the lack of rain in the region on the West Coast of the South Island has resulted in excessive demand on water supply. "On Monday evening the township of Franz Josef ran out of water which is highly unusual," the council says. "This caused the closure of many shops and facilities. Water supply was restored approximately two hours later. The township is now being fed from the raw water source which means consumers need to boil their water before use." The council is now urging residents to conserve water.



A large blaze in Central Otago last night has served as a reminder for local residents to be extra cautious of fires. Firefighters struggled to contain a fire on farmland near Roxburgh last night which had all hands to the pump. About 35 firemen from four local fire brigades were needed to get the blaze under control, said Owen Burgess, Central Otago Rural Fire Service.



The Department of Conservation believes a campfire may have caused a bushfire in Fiordland. The fire last night burnt through about a hectare of bush at Doubtful Island in Lake Te Anau. It was safely extinguished by five DOC staff after about four hours. Another ground crew then worked to dampen it down. DOC said there are strong indications the fire was caused by a campfire that wasn't properly extinguished. Incident controller Ross Kerr said people think the forest is wet, but it's not. He said a total fire ban is in place and a fire ban means no fires at all.



New Zealand property values extended gains in December, though government valuer Quotable Value says the outlook is a mixed bag for 2012. National property values rose 2.4 per cent at the end of 2011 from a year earlier and are 3.5 per cent below the peak in late 2007, QV said in a report. Values in Auckland were 4.3 per cent better than a year earlier, and underpinned the nationwide gains as a lack of new listings and good housing for sale stoking demand for quality properties. "Despite national values moving upwards during the year, the property market continued to be characterised by lower-than-normal sales volumes," research director Jonno Ingerson said. "First home buyers came back into the market in 2011, encouraged by low interest rates, while investors were largely on the sidelines." The property market spent much of last year in decline as households used record low interest rates to focus on repaying debt rather than take out a new mortgage, keeping a damp on the number of properties sold and encouraging owners to hold off selling.



A truck driver had a horror start to his working year when his truck and a car collided head-on on a notorious stretch of highway and he watched the other driver die in front of him. The Chemcouriers' truck driver had been behind the wheel for only one hour on his first shift for 2012 when a red Toyota Corolla travelling north appeared to have crossed the centre line on State Highway 2, near Maramarua, and crashed into the truck at 4.10am yesterday.




Accidents on the SH2 Steen Rd East intersection since 2006:


Fatal crash, car crosses centre line and hits truck head on.

2012年1月9日 致命的な事故、車両がセンターラインを超え、トラックと正面衝突事故

Fatal crash, motorcycle loses control on curve and hits truck head-on.

2008年2月28日 致命的な事故、オートバイが操作不能になりトラックと正面衝突事故

Non-injury crash, car loses control into ditch.

2006年9月10日 怪我なしの事故、車両が操作不能のまま道路脇の溝へ落下。


The Ports of Auckland has told the Maritime Union it is now looking to replace striking workers with private contractors. Strike action at Auckland's docks went ahead last night after port management rejected a counter offer from the Maritime Union (MUNZ). The union has been negotiating for better pay and conditions since August but a resolution remains out of sight, with Ports of Auckland warning more business will be lost as the industrial action continues. The strike is planned for a 48-hour period, starting at 11pm last night and will affect three ships. And it appears as if the Ports of Auckland's patience is starting to wear thin. Ports of Auckland CEO, Tony Gibson said they have spent nearly a year attempting to work together, but they are still not on the same page and they are losing customers.



Global stocks edged lower yesterday as worries over Europe's weak economy and banking, coupled with caution ahead of Italian and Spanish debt sales this week, left riskier assets vulnerable to losses. Wall Street opened higher, taking its cue from early modest gains in Europe, where attention was focused on a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The German and French leaders met to discuss how to boost growth in euro zone countries struggling with a debilitating debt crisis and rising unemployment, and to finalize a deal to increase fiscal coordination within the currency union. The euro got a small lift from news that Swiss National Bank Chairman Philipp Hildebrand resigned after a scandal over a controversial currency trade made by his wife. The euro rebounded from a 16-month low against the dollar as participants pared short positions, but they remained overwhelmingly bearish ahead of this week's events.



Countdown opened the doors of its latest Metro supermarket this morning. The new Countdown Auckland Metro on Victoria Street has 65 staff members and is part of the rollout of a "new generation" of Countdown supermarkets. Managing Director Dave Chambers said the store has the convenience of an inner-city location. Chambers said the store has been built to reduce its impact on the environment, with an energy-efficient CO2 refrigeration system. There is no carpark and the store has smaller trolleys than other stores.



The New Zealand dollar climbed above 62 euro cents today as a bigger-than-expected Chinese trade surplus stoked investors' appetite for riskier, or higher-yielding, assets. The climbed as high as 62.13 euro cents, the highest since the single currency was issued in 2002, and traded at 62.10 cents at 5pm from 61.66 cents at 8am and 61.43 cents yesterday. It rose to 79.31 US cents from 78.55 cents at 8am and 77.86 cents yesterday. It climbed as high as 79.39 US cents, a two-month high. A bigger-than-expected Chinese trade surplus of US$16.52 billion in December in China stoked investors to seek so-called risk-sensitive assets, amid fears Europe's burgeoning sovereign debt crisis might weigh on the world's second biggest economy.



New Zealanders spent about $4.6 billion on their debit and credit cards in December, up about 3.4%, or $150 million, on 2010. Gains on the Paymark network were led by a 9.2% increase in discretionary spending, including clothing and footwear and growth in the building and home improvements sector, up 5% for the month. Paymark, which processes 75% of the nation's electronic transactions, said spending growth was strongest in Palmerston North with a 7.7% rise. South Canterbury followed on 6.5%, while weak annual growth rates were recorded in Canterbury on -0.9% and Marlborough on -0.8%. "2011 was a tough year for retailers, with all kinds of local and global factors affecting business," said Ben Robinson, a Paymark spokesman.



BP, Caltex and Z Energy have raised the price of petrol five cents a litre across the country - but Gull New Zealand says a price increase is unnecessary. This afternoon the price of 91 octane petrol went up to $2.119 a litre at Shell stations in major centres. Gull New Zealand reports its highest petrol price is holding steady at $2.059 with most locations at $2.049 and one at $1.959. "We're pretty happy with some of the exchange deals we've just done in the last wee while," says Gull New Zealand general manager Dave Bodger. "We don't see the need to move today. I don't think we'll be moving for the next two or three days, even if things stay where they are."



New Zealand building consents issued dwindled in November as the number of approvals in the South Island almost halved from a year earlier. The number of new dwellings approved, excluding volatile apartment consents, fell a seasonally adjusted 2.5 per cent to 1,095 in November compared to the same month a year earlier, according to Statistics New Zealand. Including apartments, the number of issuances fell 6.4 per cent to 1,187. The decline was led by an 18 per cent fall in South Island issuance to 419 new dwellings approved, and a 35 per cent drop in consents issued in Wellington to 88. Auckland approvals continued to rise, up 19 per cent to 430 in November. "Overall consent issuance remains very low and points to ongoing weakness in construction activity over the start of 2012," said Jane Turner, economist at ASB. "We expect underlying demand for housing construction to pick up, reflecting the current tightness in the housing market (particularly in Auckland)."



A former Farmers' employee is devastated after being fired for abusing staff discount privileges, and still denies she was in the wrong. West Auckland resident Fae Osborne was sacked from her department manager role at LynnMall's Farmers store after the company investigated claims she used her staff discount to buy items for a family member. In a just released decision, the Employment Relations Authority ruled the department store was right in dismissing the employee, and denied Ms Osborne's reinstatement and compensation claim of $30,000.



New Zealand's embassy in Stockholm is one of a number of posts slated for closure in the Government's rejig of Foreign Affairs and Trade which will also result in the loss of about 260 jobs, says former foreign affairs minister Phil Goff. The Herald yesterday reported more than 200 jobs were likely to go in a restructuring of the ministry, to be announced soon. However, Mr Goff, Labour's foreign affairs spokesman, said he understood from "government sources" the number was 260.



The Ford Falcon will continue to be produced in Victoria until at least 2016 after a AU$103 million investment from the car company and the state and federal governments. Acting Victorian Premier Peter Ryan says the announcement secures the immediate future of the Falcon and the 3500 jobs at Ford's Geelong and Broadmeadows plants. "This secures the jobs that are here, but there was a concern about particularly 300 jobs that were perhaps at risk because of design-related issues. Now those jobs are secured," Mr Ryan told reporters at the Geelong plant on Tuesday.



Everything was still in Grantham as hundreds of people gathered to mark the first anniversary of the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley floods. The families of the 12 people who died in Grantham laid wreaths at the foot of a new memorial monument, before children released butterflies into the warm morning sky. The railway bridge that became a poignant symbol of destruction - now clear of debris - was revealed behind the monument as the sun rose. There was no sign of the wall of water that tore through the town on January 10 last year. "Those terrifying images of the floodwaters raging through the Lockyer Valley and Grantham will forever be a part of the Queensland consciousness," Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said.



A federal Liberal MP's remarks that migrants should be taught about wearing deodorant and waiting in queues are "outrageously insulting", the NSW opposition says. Brisbane MP Teresa Gambaro believes skilled migrants being brought into Australia should be given cultural awareness training by their employers. Wearing deodorant and waiting in line politely were about "teaching what are norms in Australia," the coalition's citizenship spokeswoman told The Australian. "Like a great many Australians, I was shocked and appalled to read Ms Gambaro's comments," NSW acting opposition leader Linda Burney said in a statement today.



A Darwin woman was in no mood to be neighbourly when a visitor from up the road dropped by. Jo Dodd, who lives at Bees Creek, 30km south of Darwin's centre, says aggressive barking from her pomeranian puppy Astro around 5.30am on Saturday had warned her something wasn't quite right. It didn't take long to find out why because there, in her lounge room, was a 1.7-metre saltwater crocodile. "I couldn't believe it," Dodd said today. "He was just watching us and was within lunging distance." Dodd's home is built for the tropics and doesn't have walls all the way around. So the croc just wandered in. After discovering the crocodile Ms Dodd called a ranger, who took it away. The Darwin Crocodile Farm holds about 60,000 crocodiles, which are processed for their skins and meat.



Two kittens born with an extra 18 toes between them have been found a new home by a British animal charity. Fred and Ned, two four-month-old cats, are currently being looked after by Cats Protection in Gosport, Hampshire. Known as polydactyl cats, Ned has an extra eight digits, while his brother Fred has 10 more than the usual 18, making a total of 54 digits between them. Branch volunteer Kate Stapleford said: "These two kittens were in poor condition when they arrived but with veterinary attention and a lot of TLC from their fosterer, Fred and Ned are now thriving.



Australia's attorney-general says Japan has agreed to release without charge three Australian activists who boarded a Japanese vessel off southwest Australia as part of a campaign to stop whale hunting in Antarctic waters. The three men boarded the security ship on Sunday as it tailed the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's flagship the Steve Irwin. Attorney-General Nicola Roxon told Nine Network television on Tuesday: "We are pleased that the Japanese government has made a decision that these three men won't be charged and will be released." She says the two governments are negotiating details of how the three men will be offloaded at sea.



Sean Davison self-consciously rubs his home detention anklet, as he talks about his hopes for the new year. "If I leave the property an alarm goes off. It's a bit degrading and it's terribly frustrating, but it's better than being in jail," he says. The South Africa-based scientist was convicted in October of aiding the death of his terminally-ill mother, Dunedin doctor Patricia Elizabeth Davison, 85, in a cause celebre which ignited debate on voluntary euthanasia. Two months into his sentence, Davison remained unrepentant in Dunedin yesterday. "I acknowledge that assisting my mother's suicide was illegal. Yes, I broke the law. But, I believe I was not judged for what I did; I was judged for writing a book and telling the truth. "My sole reason for being there was to keep her alive and make her as comfortable as possible. She kept saying: 'Help me to die.' She just wore me down. I believe any humane person would have done what I did if faced with the same circumstances.



The Government is not considering a public holiday for Cantabrians to mark the anniversary of last year's earthquake. There have been reports that Cabinet would make a decision this month on whether to introduce a regional holiday to commemorate the February 22 quake in which 182 people died. However, a spokesman for duty minister Tony Ryall said today that the issue was not on the Cabinet agenda, and the Government was not considering it. "I don't believe there needs to be an ongoing public holiday, but I think the first anniversary is important for all in Canterbury to reflect."



A man has been jailed for 20 months after hitting his son with a box of fruit and throwing him down the stairs. Troy Dunn was sentenced at the North Shore District Court today after pleading guilty to injuring with intent to injure and assault. Judge David Harvey said Dunn's 14-year-old son was in the family kitchen when Dunn became angry and threw a box of fruit at him, hitting the teenager in the chest. Dunn then hit his son. One of the blows hit him in the ear, perforating his ear drum. The boy reported the incident to a school counsellor and Child Youth and Family became involved. "As a result of the interview with the victim, other offending came to light. On one occasion, after a funeral on August 10, you hit him and threw him down the stairs," said Judge Harvey.



Snoop Dogg has reportedly been arrested for cannabis possession. The Sweat rapper - who has been jailed on numerous occasions over drug and firearm possession charges in the past - had his tour bus stopped by law enforcement officers at a border patrol checkpoint in the small Texan town of Sierra Blanca over the weekend. During a standard inspection of the vehicle, police were said to be alerted by a sniffer dog to a red prescription bottle containing several joints inside, believed to amount to half an ounce of the drug. Law enforcement sources claim Snoop admitted the cannabis was his and while he has a prescription for the substance in his home state of California, there is a zero tolerance policy for the drug in Texas.



It was a smash hit in Japan, selling a million copies in its first month and now a translation of the bestselling Japanese trilogy has finally been released on our shores.


1Q84: Books 1, 2 and 3 by Haruki Murakami
RRP: $55
Available: Now
Publisher: Random House


Elton John will write a personal account of his life during the AIDS epidemic, including his friendship with Queen frontman Freddie Mercury who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991 aged 45. The Rocket Man musician founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation around 20 years ago to raise funds to help fight the disease, and proceeds from LOVE IS THE CURE: Ending the Global AIDS Epidemic will go to the charity. In a statement released today, publishers Hodder & Stoughton promised a "very personal story of ... Elton's life during the AIDS epidemic, including his agony at seeing friend after friend perish needlessly."


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