ミニヘッドライン 2012/02/02



The much-vaunted brain drain to Australia is no worse than it has ever been, and is actually smaller as a proportion of New Zealand's total population than it was 40 years ago, a major study by the Department of Labour has found. That's despite 44,000, or 1 per cent of the country's population, leaving for Australia in the year to June 2011, following a tough year of recessionary conditions and the worst of the Christchurch earthquakes, the report, Permanent and Long Term Migration: The Big Picture, says. At the end of the 1970's, the departure rate to Australia was equivalent to 1.4 per cent of the then population of around 3 million, compared with around 4.5 million today. Still, some 495,000 Kiwis are now estimated to be living across the Ditch, around half the 700,000 to 1 million who live outside the country, meaning one in 10 New Zealanders live in Australia.



One of those responsible for assessing quake-damaged buildings in Christchurch has admitted the council never followed up on safety concerns at a number of sites. Twelve people were killed when the facade of the Austral building on Colombo St came down during the February earthquake. After the September quake, a number of safety inspections were carried out at the building by both private and council appointed engineers.  "The council rarely went inside buildings unless we'd been referred by an owner or engineer," said Former City Council employee Vincie Bilante. A rapid assessment was made immediately after the Boxing Day aftershock and a more extensive, internal examination was recommended. The city council never followed it up. It was red-stickered after the Boxing Day quake and earmarked for demolition. But there was no move to make the building safe.



An engineer lashed out at city council processes for being "too time consuming" at the Royal Commission of Inquiry today, after paperwork delayed the demolition of a red-stickered building which later collapsed in the February quake - killing four people. The commission was hearing evidence today into the collapse of two buildings on Colombo St on February 22. The facade of 603 Colombo St collapsed in the quake, killing four pedestrians, while metres down the road 605-613 Colombo fell onto a Red Bus, killing eight people. The heritage-classified building at 603 Colombo St was severely damaged following the September earthquake and it was yellow-stickered. Following the Boxing Day aftershock, it was red-stickered and was deemed unsafe to occupy. It was then decided the building should be demolished. But city council paperwork delayed the demolition.



The receivers have agreed to a further extension to the unconditional date for the sale of the Crafar farms to February 7. The extension is to allow Shanghai Pengxin to finalise its Overseas Investment Office consent conditions. The initial deadline set by the receivers for the sale to go unconditional was January 31.



An examination of the body of a rare Bryde's whale found dead in the water near Waiheke Island this week shows it had been hit by a vessel. Bryde's whales are critically endangered. The 15m long female whale has been buried at Calypso Bay on Motuihe Island. DOC says In the last 16 years there have been 41 confirmed deaths of Bryde's whales in the Hauraki Gulf. Eighteen of these dead whales were examined and 15 are most likely to have died as the result of a vessel strike.



Children and teachers have been forced from their leaky kindergarten building and into a marquee on a neighbouring Bay of Plenty farm in what is believed to be a New Zealand first. They don't have power, and the nearest neighbours are sheep. Squares of carpet cover the floor inside the 10m x 10m marquee and inside, tables, chairs, games, activities, and toys fill the space. Two play tents are also being used. When Mrs Osborn joined the Minden Rd kindergarten in late 2010, she said it had already been established that "dampness" was somehow coming into the kindergarten and then cracks started appearing. The expected cost of the repairs is about $200,000. Te Puna school offered temporary space but the kindergarten community wanted to stay close to its original building, so Mrs Osborn approached Gordon and Avis Burr, who owned the farm next door.



Nearly 2000 primary school children were sent home last year following serious disciplinary matters - including 75 whose behaviour was so bad they were told not to bother returning. Figures released to the Herald under the Official Information Act reveal that in the 11 months to November more than 21,000 school students faced serious disciplinary action. Of those, 1874 were aged under 10 - including 170 5- and 6-year-olds - and 75 were banned from returning to their school after going before the board of trustees for a disciplinary hearing. "There's no way it would be ... a normal response to stand a 5-year-old down," said president Paul Drummond. Of the 1874 primary school cases in the year to November, 1602 children were stood down for up to five days before being allowed to return. A further 197 were suspended, usually indicating more serious behaviour, until they could go before the board of trustees. Of those students, the behaviour of 75 was so bad that they were formally excluded from the school - meaning they had to re-enroll at another school.



Some schools are asking uniform suppliers to pay for the right to sell their uniforms, in a move which could be pushing up the price of kitting children out for class. The Herald reported on Monday that exclusive deals between stationery companies and schools meant families were paying more for books, calculators and other required equipment. Now, there's concern about how schools' commercial initiatives are affecting the price of clothing. 



New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said: "To reside in New Zealand indefinitely, well, what does that mean? Full-time, part-time? ... If someone was coming to live in New Zealand and become a New Zealander, that is a different matter." Mr Peters criticised the decision as typical of the "stupidity" of the Government and the "rubber-stamp merchants" at the OIO. "If [the applicant] was bringing some expertise to expand this country's export wealth, particularly if it was land to be developed, or better utilised, that would be a different matter. "But what is the new investment here? It's just a land purchase," said Mr Peters. 

ニュージーランドファースト党党首、ウィンストン・ピーターズ氏が、ジェームズ・キャメロン監督がワイララパの土地を購入したことに苦言を呈しています。曰く:”もし申請者がこの国を発展させるいくつかの専門分野を持ってくるなら、それは違った問題だ、しかし、何が新しい投資だ? それは、単に土地を購入しただけだ”、と酷評しています。確かに、土地を切り売りしているだけで、技術供与などの将来を考慮した投資と同等に捉えるにはちょっと無理があるかもしれません。


It says as the baby-boomer move into retirement, New Zealand's 65 and over population is projected to grow nearly four times more quickly than the total population over the next 15 years, contributing to a rapid rise in health, aged care and New Zealand superannuation costs. "The resulting fiscal challenge is considerable and there is no way to avoid making tradeoffs," the Treasury says. "Given the potential economic and social instability that could result from any uncertainty about these tradeoffs, we think it is crucial that effort be made to build broad public consensus on the way forward." It says the current acceleration in the growth of the older population makes it "a matter of priority for New Zealand."



Briscoe Group is heading for a 2011/12 annual net profit of no less than $27 million, an increase of 25 per cent over previous year's, thanks to a strong sales performance, the retail chain said today. The company said its fourth quarter sales were up by 4.7 per cent over the fourth quarter of last year, and were up by 8 per cent over the year to January 29. Sales for the 13-week period to January 29 came to $146m, up from $139.4m in the fourth quarter of last year.

第1四半期の売上げは去年より4.7%増えて、1月29日の過去1年間で8%も増えているようです。1月29日までの13週間の売上げは去年の$139.4ミリオンから、$146ミリオンに達しています。これにより、年間の純利益が$27ミリオンを下回ることがなく、去年よりも25%も増えているようです。ブリスコーグループは、レベルスポーツ(Rebel Sports、スポーツ用品店)やブリスコー(Briscoe、ホームケア小売店)を運営しています(ウェアハウスと少しだけ商品群がカブっています)。


Kiwibank has become the latest bank to cut some of its fixed-term home loan rates, dropping its two, three and five year advertised interest rates by 10, 29 and 29 basis points, respectively. At the same time, Kiwibank has ended the "limited time special" it has been running, with a four-year rate of 5.99 per cent increased 51 basis points to 6.50 per cent. The changes are effective from tomorrow, February 3. Kiwibank's new 5.79 per cent advertised two-year rate matches those on offer from sister banks ANZ and National following recent cuts and Westpac. However, it's one basis point higher than TSB Bank's 5.78 per cent, the lowest advertised two-year rate by a bank.



Westpac is poised to axe more than 400 jobs and send another 150 offshore in the latest round of job cuts at the big banks. Westpac has briefed workers about the 410 job cuts and positions it will relocate to its operations in India as part of a group-wide restructure. The Finance Sector Union says 150 positions will be moved to Bangalore, India, and it fears the bank could make even more job cuts this year.



Realestate.co.nz released figures yesterday showing that the number of weeks it would take to sell every house on the market shrank 34 per cent in Auckland, 58 per cent in Waikato and 25 per cent overall in the year to January. Apartments in Auckland fared worst, with a record low of new listings of 179 in January - down 25 per cent on last year. Their asking price also dropped 13 per cent in a month, despite rising rents in many suburbs. Renters have been telling the Herald this week that fierce competition for properties was leading to bidding wars.




New Zealand


* Jan 2011:59,890
* Jan 2012:51,171
* Change:-8719 (-15 per cent)

* 昨年1月と比較すると8719棟少なく、15%減少



* Jan 2011:14,999
* Jan 2012:11,874
* Change:-3125 (-21 per cent)

* 昨年1月と比較すると3125棟少なく、21%減少



* Jan 2011:4324
* Jan 2012:3606
* Change:-718 (-17 per cent)

* 昨年1月と比較すると718棟少なく、17%減少


New Zealand business owners recorded one of the biggest reductions in holidays last year, with employers working harder to support staff and reduce stress levels, according to the Grant Thornton International Business Report. The average number of holidays taken by business people was 13 compared with 18 a year earlier. Only Japan recorded a larger decline with a drop to five days from 13 days, the survey of 6,000 businesses worldwide showed. See more of the research here. The survey found 21 per cent of New Zealand business people are struggling to attain work/life balance, just ahead of Australia on 20 per cent and well above the global average of nine per cent. "It has become very clear over the last few years that business owners are working a lot harder for every dollar of profit that they earn," said Pam Newlove, national director for privately held businesses at Grant Thornton.




A fifth of gay and bisexual Auckland men with HIV are unaware they are infected, new research has found. The Otago University study is the first community-based biological measure of HIV to estimate of the rate of undiagnosed and overall HIV infection among gay and bisexual Auckland men. The research suggests 6.5 per cent of gay and bisexual Auckland men have HIV, with 21 per cent of those unaware they are infected. The finding comes after the highest number of new HIV diagnoses was recorded among gay and bisexual men in New Zealand in 2010.



The Wizard of New Zealand, aka Ian Brackenbury Channell, was contacted by a debt collection agency last week after someone had used his name illegally. "The name on all my documents is the Wizard, and it was that name that was taken and used,'' he said. "I had the debt collectors on the line saying is it you, and I said it is not me.'' The Wizard did not know how much the debt was for or what they bought, but confirmed it involved an American Express credit card and it "was an Auckland thing''. He used the name Wizard on all his documents, including passport and drivers licence. "I didn't do it by illegal [methods]; I did it by artistic techniques. I try and avoid any legal or Governmental organisation if I can so I am operating differently.



The researcher, theatrical producer David King, surveyed British music fans to find out what kind of music made them cry, The Telegraph reported. Everybody Hurts was voted No. 1, followed by Elton John's Candle in the Wind in second place and The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics at No. 3. King also discovered that seven out of 10 men had cried after listening to a song.

イギリスで最も寂しい局としてREMのEverybody Hurtsがトップで、次に、エルトン・ジョンのキャンドルインザウィンド(ダイアナ妃への追悼曲)、3番目がマイクアンドザメカニックスのLiving Yearsだったようです。ちなみに調査したキング氏によると、10人の男性のうち7人が音楽を聴いて涙したことがあると述べています。


Jetstar said passengers' safety was never at risk after an oil service panel fell off a Jetstar A320 airplane midway to Christchurch. The Tuesday JQ259 flight from Auckland to Christchurch lost the 15cm by 15cm panel during the flight. It was found missing during a routine pre-flight inspection. A Jetstar spokesperson said the indident posed no safety issue. "Jetstar maintains safety as its number one priority and the aircraft underwent the necessary rectifications to the highest standard," said the spokesperson. A CAA spokeswoman said losing the panel while in the air would not affect the safety of the flight.



Pay special attention to your speed on the roads over Waitangi Weekend as police will once again be lowering their speed tolerance. Police said they would take action against any driver detected driving at more than 4km/h over the permanent posted speed limit. And the programme will be kept in place for the entire month of February.







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