ミニヘッドライン 2012/01/11



Two women have been arrested after a video of three women attacking Countdown staff went viral on YouTube. The video shows two Countdown Rotorua staff trying to grab bags from a group of women as they try to leave the store. They verbally abuse the staff, kick them and hit them over the head. The video has been uploaded to video sharing website YouTube and social networking website Facebook. It has had over 15,000 views since being posted.



Authorities say it is still too dangerous for divers to assess the state of the shattered Rena. There has been no change in the state of the wreck since its stern became mostly submerged yesterday morning. The Svitzer salvage dive team is still waiting for conditions to ease before it can assess the condition of the submerged stern.



Twelve patients at Whangarei Hospital have been isolated as authorities try to contain a gastroenteritis outbreak. Northland DHB's chief medical advisor Mike Roberts said the hospital was awaiting laboratory results but in the meantime was assuming the outbreak is norovirus related. The hospital is urging members of the public with viral gastroenteritis-like symptoms not to visit patients in hospital or to call ahead. Ward 16 at the hospital has been closed to new admissions. The DHB said strict infection control measures are in place to reduce the spread of the virus. Norovirus symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pains and feeling like throwing up.



An Auckland man was swept off a rock while fishing with friends north of Waihi Beach last night. The four men were fishing at Homunga Bay when the 30-year-old man was swept away by a wave. He did not resurface for some time and although lifeguards were at the spot within minutes , ambulance staff were unable to revive him, Sergeant Dave Litton said. The spot was a popular fishing spot and not known to be dangerous, Mr Litton said. But yesterday there were 2-3m swells and the man was probably standing too close to the edge.



A 4.1-magnitude aftershock struck Christchurch early this morning. The quake, which was centred 20 kilometres east of the city at a depth of 10km, occurred at 3.38am. The tremor was felt throughout Canterbury, reported GNS Science.



A brief spell of heavy rain is forecast for the lower North Island tomorrow and Friday, with strong to severe gales likely from Wellington up to Central Hawke's Bay. The MetService says an active area of low pressure over the Tasman Sea may bring a brief spell of heavy rain across parts of New Zealand late tomorrow with the strengthening northwesterly. 






Families forced to live in cold, damp homes because of a lack of affordable housing are suffering from more than just health problems, the Families Commission says. In a submission to the Productivity Commission's inquiry into housing affordability, the commission noted that there were wider implications for families living in poor conditions than just the impact on the family's health. The commission's Acting Chief Executive, Angela Tidmarsh, said the stress of living inadequate conditions could stop families from benefiting from programmes designed to support them in other ways.



Dairy giant Fonterra will reduce its domestic milk price from the end of the month and the savings look likely to be passed on to consumers at supermarkets. In February 2011, Fonterra froze the wholesale milk price for New Zealand for the remainder of the year after a public outcry that an essential item was being priced out of reach of ordinary Kiwis. Fonterra said the freeze was to shield New Zealanders from any big increases in international price which it was able to do, and on Monday a spokeswoman said the company's milk price for the domestic market would fall soon. "Fonterra Brands New Zealand has notified retailers that there will be a reduction in wholesale milk price effective January 30. International dairy prices have softened since the highs of earlier last year," the spokesperson said.



Foodstuffs is promising to pass on a reduction in the price of wholesale milk to customers. Fonterra announced today it will drop the price of wholesale milk from the end of this month. It is not known how much the price will be reduced by and how long it will last. Foodstuffs, which owns Pak'n Save supermarkets, said any savings could be passed on to customers. "We have always worked with suppliers to bring the best possible prices to our customers," said managing director of Foodstuffs Steve Anderson. "We are pleased to hear that Fonterra are planning to reset milk prices within New Zealand."



The New Zealand government's funds under management shrank by $2.1 billion in the third quarter of last year when slumping international equity markets sapped returns from the Crown Financial Institutions (CFIs). The government's return from the investment units was minus 4.7 per cent in the three months ended September 30, short of the 1.5 per cent growth objective, though better than the minus 4.9 per cent passive benchmark it targets, according to the Crown Ownership Monitoring Unit's quarterly report published on its website today. Total funds under management fell to $41.02 billion from $43.99 billion in a period when stocks around the world plunged as US policymakers struggled to extend its Federal government debt ceiling and America's credit rating was downgraded by Standard & Poor's. The New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Accident Compensation Corp's investment unit made up 82 per cent of the total portfolio at the end of the quarter, down from 94 per cent at the end of June. That doesn't include another $1.89 billion of funds managed by the National Provident Fund which isn't included in the government's balance sheet.



The Commerce Commission is claiming credit for a halving in consumer complaints about daily deal websites in 2011, when their number exploded. Across the 85 deal websites the number of complaints per month fell to 10 in October and November from an average of 22 complaints between January and June, the regulator said. The type of complaints also changed from those relating directly to goods or services to misleading advertising or prices.



The group representing landlords has predicted that rents around the country may increase modestly this year. Average national rents increased about 3 per cent last year, and the Property Investors Federation is forecasting another rise of around 4 per cent this year to help landlords offset rising insurance and other costs. Federation president Andrew King said migration, while currently flat, had been increasing, and house building had dropped off, ''so you would have to think there's a bit of pent-up demand going on in there''.



Rents in Wellington are dropping as demand slumps due to cutbacks to the public sector. Rents increased nationally by about 3 per cent last year and the Property Investors Federation is predicting a another rise of about 4 per cent this year to help landlords offset rising insurance and other costs. In Wellington, however, cutbacks in the public sector would inevitably feed through to rents, said federation president Andrew King. He said a lot of people, especially those who have lost their jobs, had hunkered down or moved to a cheaper place. Official figures show Wellington rents hardly moved last year, with the average weekly rent for a three-bedroom house at $462 between June and November, compared to the same period a year ago.



Michael Hill International, the jewellery retail chain, faced a margin squeeze in Australia through the tail-end of last year, but was still able to grow first-half sales 7.2%. Sales rose to $287.7 million in the six months ended December 31, from $268.5 million a year earlier, the retailer said in a statement today. North American stores registered the fastest growth and Australia the slowest. Same-store sales rose 2.3% to $269.6 million, and Australian same-stores sales dipped 0.5% to $177.4 million. Earnings before interest and tax were between $33 million and $35 million, up from $33.3 million a year earlier.



Auckland's average house price rose one per cent last month to $573,071, the second highest average sales price for the year. Peter Thompson, managing director of Auckland's largest realtor chain Barfoot & Thompson, said volumes were up too after 714 houses were sold, the best December in five years. Volumes were also more than a third higher than in December 2010, he said. Barfoot had 846 new listings in the month, with an average of 1220 new listings each month during 2011 - the lowest average number for more than a decade and 7.7 per cent lower than the year before. "We also finished December with only 4583 homes on our books, the lowest number at a month's end for four and a half years, and 1282 fewer homes than at the same time last year," Thompson said.



Destiny Church's plans for its own 'town' in South Auckland could be in line for millions of dollars of Government funding. Self-styled 'Bishop' Brian Tamaki declared at a New Year's Eve 'MegaService' in Rotorua that the church had secured resource consent to build schools, a university and a massive auditorium in Wiri. Speaking to ONE News in his first interview since securing permission for the complex, Tamaki said the Government should be supporting the development. "I'd rather see a church build bigger churches, they're far more positive than our prisons and that's where most of our whanau are," he said. "People can say what they want but it's going ahead, it's happened and as I say, it's a community that involves only good things. The values that we teach builds families, it doesn't break families down."



The user names and passwords of more than 45,000 Facebook members have been stolen in a hi-tech cyber 'worm' attack. The Ramnit worm, which has previously been used to steal bank account details, has mainly targeted users in the United Kingdom and France so far. The worm is designed to self-replicate itself and send 'infected' links, which redirect to a website that downloads a virus. Cyber-threat researchers Seculert said in a blog post the Ramnit worm was discovered in April 2010 as a financial malicious software (malware) and is now targeting Facebook.



New Zealand sea lions could go extinct in 24 years without tighter restrictions on squid fishing, a study from the Department of Conservation says. By-catch from fishing is "the most significant known negative impact" on the population and could result in sea lions being functionally extinct by 2035, according to analysis by Department of Conservation scientist Dr Louise Chilvers.



US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today Iran's decision to enrich uranium near the city of Qom was "especially troubling" and urged Tehran to return to serious talks with Western powers over its atomic program. "This step once again demonstrates the Iranian regime's blatant disregard for its responsibilities and that the country's growing isolation is self-inflicted," Clinton said in a statement. Clinton's strongly worded comments repeated US concerns over Iran's announcement that it had started enrichment at the underground Fordow bunker near Qom, which came amid rising tensions between Tehran and western powers.



The federal Transportation Security Administration is defending its decision to confiscate a frosted cupcake from a Massachusetts woman flying from Las Vegas. The TSA says in a blog comment the cupcake was packed in a jar filled with icing, which is considered a gel under a policy designed to secure travellers from terrorists seeking to evade detection by using explosives made of plastics, liquids or gels. Peabody resident Rebecca Hains was barred from taking her cupcake onto a plane last month when a TSA agent said icing in the jar exceeded amounts of gels allowed in carry-on luggage. Hains has called that "terrible logic." The TSA says travellers can take cakes, pies and cupcakes through security checkpoints but should expect they might get additional screening.



Christchurch is re-emerging as one of New Zealand's "most exciting cities", according to travel guide Lonely Planet. Despite more than a year of earthquakes altering the city beyond recognition, Lonely Planet author Brett Atkinson said there is still plenty to do in the Garden City. "Our latest visit was unlike any other Lonely Planet research gig, with virtually all of the bars, cafes and restaurants recommended in our 2010 New Zealand guidebook no longer open. But amid the occasional uncertainty of aftershocks, Christchurch is re-emerging as one of NZ's most exciting cities," Mr Atkinson writes.



A British travel journalist has named Wellington Airport in a list of the 15 scariest airport landings. The article published inThe Telegraph said conditions in the capital are exceptionally difficult due to the short runway, a tricky approach through hilly landscape, and frighteningly strong crosswinds. It said that combination of factors can make for "a terrifyingly turbulent landing". Other airports named in the list were: Quito in Ecuador, the old Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong, Courchevel Altiport in the French Alps, Toncontin International Airport in Honduras, Gibraltar, Isle of Barra in Scotland, the Portuguese island of Madeira, Narsarsuaq Airport in Greenland, Tenzing-Hillary airport in Nepal, Princess Juliana International Airport, St Maarten in the Caribbean, the ice runway in Antarctica, Saba in the Caribbean, Matekane in Lesotho and Paro in Bhutan.



A global airline industry magazine has named Air New Zealand the world's top airline for the second time in three years. The United States-based Air Transport World (ATW) gave the New Zealand airline top honours in its annual awards, which have been running for nearly 40 years, picking it as the best airline in the world in the past 12 months. The judges described Air New Zealand as an industry trendsetter in a number of areas, including product innovation and social media, and praised it for its staff motivation. The airline was also commended for its efforts in helping communities affected by the Christchurch earthquakes. Air New Zealand also won the airline of the year award in 2010, and chief executive Rob Fyfe said another win was a huge thrill.



The end of the world is getting closer and humankind is to blame. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved the hands of its famous Doomsday Clock forward one minute to five minutes to midnight. The clock is used as an indicator of the world's "vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change, and emerging technologies in the life sciences". "It is five minutes to midnight. Two years ago, it appeared that world leaders might address the truly global threats that we face. In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed. For that reason, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is moving the clock hand one minute closer to midnight, back to its time in 2007," the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said in a formal statement.


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