ミニヘッドライン 2012/01/17



A man who was found dead down a drain in Wellington had been trying to retrieve his keys, police believe. Wellington police said it appears 43-year-old Peter Black of Johnsonville dropped his keys down the storm water culvert and had been attempting to get them back when he fell. Black's body was spotted in the drain near Chaffers Marina on Sunday afternoon by members of the public. Officer in charge of the Wellington CIB Detective Inspector Paul Basham says preliminary results of a post mortem examination carried out yesterday and extensive enquiries conducted by police indicate the man's death was accidental.



The number of armed offenders squad callouts has jumped over the past two years as squad responsibilities widen and police face greater risk from guns. Between 1996 and 2009, armed offenders squads attended an average of 513 callouts nationally per year. Last year, the number rose to 992. The busiest squad was Wellington, with 175 callouts, followed by Auckland and Christchurch, with 127 and 113 respectively.



A sharp rise in emergency calls related to energy drinks with a high caffeine content has prompted a call for tighter regulation and compulsory health warnings. The call, rejected by the energy drink industry, came after research by the University of Sydney and the New South Wales Poisons Information Centre found an increase in symptoms including cardiac arrhythmias, tremors, dizziness, hallucinations and stomach problems. Published in the Medical Journal of Australia, the research also warned of even greater problems emerging with the "dangerous phenomenon" of mixing energy drinks with alcohol. The Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation, which includes Australian and New Zealand health ministers, has already agreed to a review of caffeinated energy drinks. The new research said that in the seven years to the end of 2010 almost 300 calls relating to energy drinks were made to the NSW Poisons Information Centre, which handles half the nation's poison calls.



Coroner Peter Ryan has commended the work of the Disaster Victim Identification team after they presented sufficient evidence to formally identify all remaining victims of the hot air ballooning tragedy. All 11 people on board the balloon died when it crashed near Carterton on Saturday January 7. "The horrific nature of this tragedy meant experts faced a very difficult challenge, but their skill and dedication means we have been able to return loved ones to their families in a relatively short timeframe," Ryan said today.



Months of uncertainty could soon be over for people still living in limbo in Christchurch. Around 3000 homes are still in the white and orange zones, meaning further assessment is needed before owners can know if their land can be rebuilt on. Around 2100 Port Hills properties are in the white zone, meaning they still need to be mapped. Another 900 properties across the city are in the orange zone. Paul Larkins' property in Southshore has been zoned orange since February. He wants to know if it can be rebuilt on. "We've still got portaloos out there. We've still got chemical toilets in the house. It's really frustrating," he said. As the months tick by, the uncertainty continues.



Wellington businessman Gareth Morgan has offered to pay for the funeral of Blanket Man - Ben Hana. Hana, 54, possibly Wellington's most well-known vagrant, died in Wellington Hospital on Sunday afternoon. The cause of his death is not known. Yesterday Hana's daughter Renee Temaari said funeral and burial plans were yet to be confirmed but would happen in Wellington this week. There would be a private ceremony for family followed by a public service. Hana left behind no money for funeral costs and the family did not know how they would they would pay for it all. ''I live not too far from Courtenay Pl so I walk through there a lot and I see him a lot and I talk to him a lot... ''I felt sad for him really, because I don't think he was in control (of his life) in a lot of ways.'' ''[However] he's a Wellingtonian like the rest of us isn't he? We're all one community.''



Major New Zealand liquor company, DB Breweries, is increasing the price of beer, cider and RTDs. The company, which is NZ-based but has foreign owners, announced the price rise today, citing rising costs for sourcing raw materials and packaging. Packaged beer and cider for DB brands like Heineken, DB Export, Tui and Monteith's will increase by 3% on average and tap products by 1% from March 5. Ready-to-drink brands (RTDs) including Barrel 51, Fuse and Vudu will also rise by 4% on average from the same date. DB Breweries' managing director Brian Blake says the increases are "regrettable but unavoidable".



Job ads were up by 9.3% last year compared to 2010, according to new data released by one of New Zealand's largest recruitment sites. Seek said the rise in job ads shows a positive close to last year's job market. Wellington and Canterbury recorded strong results, with Wellington's new job ad rate up by 7.9% and 52.8% in Canterbury. Seek says the growth in new job ads was larger than the growth in job applications over the last 12 months.



Fourteen people including prostitutes, their clients and their associates have been arrested in Christchurch after residents complained of disorder. And Christchurch police said they will continue to monitor noise and disorder in the Manchester Street area frequented by sex workers over the next few weeks. Acting Central Area commander Inspector Al Stewart said most of the arrests were for people wanted on warrants.



Popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia may black out its English-language site for 24 hours in protest against a proposed US anti-piracy legislation. Wikipedia's founder Jimmy Wales said on Twitter the site will be shut down to protest against the legislation which, Wales says, threatens the future of the internet. The campaign is due to start at 7pm on Thursday and will see a complete black out of the site with only information about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protest Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). Wales said in an interview it is a "clumsily drafted legislation which is dangerous for an open internet". SOPA and PIPA are designed take a hard stance on the sale of US products overseas, such as pirated American movies and music by blocking access to foreign sites that violate US copyright laws.



New Zealand's economy is losing momentum, with a smaller than expected boost from the Rugby World Cup creating the risk of a decline at the start of this year. The Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion (QSBO) from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research showed a net 1% of firms surveyed had reported a fall in activity, down from a net 4% reporting an increase three months ago. Canterbury, seeing a boost from the earthquake recovery, showed an increase but the rest of New Zealand reported a fall in demand.


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