ミニヘッドライン 2012/02/07



Two French tourists who had their van stolen outside an Auckland supermarket have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Kiwis wanting to help. The Herald has been inundated with phonecalls and emails from people from all over the country offering money, accommodation, flights and vehicles to the two women. Anna-Ael Mordelet, 29, and Floriane Lesourd, 28, from Rennes, in Brittany, who are in New Zealand on working holiday visas, had their Ford Econovan stolen from Scotland St, near the New World supermarket in Freemans Bay, just after 4pm on Saturday, January 28. Apart from the van, which they owned, Ms Mordelet and Ms Lesourd also lost $1500 in cash each, their clothes, passports, sleeping bags and cameras. They had hidden the money - earnings from working as waitresses - in the van while they popped into the supermarket for supplies. The women, who are staying at a backpackers hostel, now have to go to Wellington to get new passports.



The Rena disaster clean-up is estimated to have cost about $130 million, Environment Minister Nick Smith told Parliament today. The container ship ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef off the Bay of Plenty coast last October, and eventually broke up last month.



A woman who was asleep with her boyfriend at their Porirua home was indecently assaulted by an intruder who woke her after getting in through an unlocked door. Detective Shane Carter said the attack happened between 5am and 5.30am on Sunday on Leeward Drive in Whitby. "The pair woke up and the offender ran down the hallway and left the house through a sliding door before fleeing in a vehicle."

日曜日の朝5時から5時半頃の間に、ポリルアのフィットビィ(Whitby)のリーワードドライヴ(Leeward Drive)のある家に不審者が侵入し、寝ていた女性へ暴行し、そのまま逃走していた事件が起きていたようです。犯人は捕まっていないので、近隣にお住まいの方は、くれぐれも注意を。


The labour cost index rose 0.6 per cent in the three months ended December 31, beating the 0.5 per cent forecast by a Reuters survey of economists, with private sector wage inflation at a quarterly pace of 0.7 per cent and public sector at 0.4 per cent, according to Statistics New Zealand. otal private sector average hourly wages were flat at $24.58, while overtime rates shrank 1.8 per cent in the quarter, according to the Quarterly Employment Survey, also released today. Total public sector wages rose 0.8 per cent to $33.86 an hour, even as overtime sank 6.3 per cent.



A boutique grocery is calling on retailers to make milk affordable as it drops its prices to $1 a litre. Nosh Food Market says margins are too high and it hopes the lowered price can continue indefinitely if competitors and other parties come on board. A recent Herald survey found that the price of milk was higher in New Zealand than in Australia, the United States and Britain - despite some studies showing we have the lowest cost of production. Nosh chief executive Clinton Beuvink said: "If a consumer is not happy about lamb, you can buy chicken. But if you're not happy about milk, you're stuck. That's why there's a moral case.



Japan's biggest makers of TVs, phones, and chips say they'll lose about US$19 billion ($22.8 billion) this year - about three-quarters of what Samsung will spend on research to lengthen the lead over its competitors. Sony more than doubled its annual loss forecast for the year ending March 31 as it announced a new chief executive officer, while Panasonic and Sharp predicted the worst losses in their histories. Their combined losses compare with the US$26 billion that Samsung, Asia's biggest consumer-electronics company, said it will invest in capital expenditure. Japanese companies, hurt by a stronger yen, floods that swamped Thailand factories, and weaker demand for their TVs, may not be able to regain ground lost to Samsung and Apple Inc. That's prompting Sony and Panasonic to focus on sectors including medical devices, solar panels, and rechargeable batteries in an effort to revive earnings. Samsung is the world's biggest maker of TVs, memory chips, and flat-screen panels, and the second-biggest manufacturer of mobile phones. The South Korea-based company plans to spend 47.8 trillion won ($50 billion) this year on new product research and upgrading plants.



Qantas is threatening that it may have to sell its budget subsidiary Jetstar if the Australian government passes laws aiming to keep local jobs. The airline's boss, Alan Joyce, warned a parliamentary hearing that forcing Qantas to keep its main operation - and most of its maintenance work - in Australia would "strangle" its ability to do business.



The country's largest thermal pools resort, 35km north of Auckland, announced the crackdown on February 1, saying it was "based on usual international practice". The resort, which is now Russian-owned, stated on its website that it aimed to keep grounds cleaner and more hygienic. Food and beverages would be confined to its cafe, kiosk or designated outdoor areas. Barbecues and pre-booked parties could still be "self-catered" at areas further away from the pools. However, the move was yesterday denounced as a "purely money-making decision" that contradicted a Kiwi tradition of taking a picnic to the pools.



Fans have questioned the authenticity of the stoush at today's weigh in, suggesting the scuffle was a marketing ploy aimed at building interest in the fight, and increasing pay-per-view sales. Williams rejected the notion, saying it would be a mistake to to become embroiled in marketing shenanigans on the eve of the fight.



China's emergence as a world power is resulting in more Chinese New Zealanders feeling a greater sense of attachment to China than to New Zealand, a study has found. More than 94 per cent of Chinese permanent residents and more than half of those with NZ citizenship told University of Auckland researchers that they felt a greater sense of belonging and identified more with their country of origin than New Zealand. Between 2009 and last year, the researchers interviewed 90 migrants originally from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. "An overwhelming 94.5 per cent stated they were Chinese/Taiwanese/Hong Konger, while only 5.5 per cent said they somehow felt they belonged to both New Zealand and their country of origin," the report said. The study also found that Chinese migrants aged 15 to 44 felt significantly more attached to their homeland identity than those aged 45 and over.



Weepu told 3News his baby is allergic to dairy, one of the reasons why she is bottlefed. "What are you going to do if ... the mother can't breastfeed? What am I supposed to do - go find someone who is breastfeeding at 2 o'clock in the morning and see if they can give my daughter milk? It's not going to happen." In the Health Sponsorship Council TV ad, the halfback was followed for a day, including an hour spent at home with his two daughters, Taylor and Keira. In the clip Weepu spoke of the importance of having a smoke free home. "The ad was basically about being smoke free. Our house is smoke free so that I can have a better future for my girls," he told 3News.



There was no question of the Government calling off the sale of minority shares in the SOEs because National had campaigned strongly on it. "We think it is the right thing in terms of the debt levels New Zealand would have, the investment opportunities and the performance of those companies." Asked who owned water, he said that in his view "no one owns water." "It's like air. No one owns air. People have allocation rights in relation to the use of water." Mr Shearer, however, would not say who he thought owned water, simply saying "the Maori Council has the right to do whatever it wants to do."



Plans to "Monday-ise'' public holidays have inched closer to reality after legislation to make the change went onto Parliament's business programme today. Last year, Waitangi Day fell on a Sunday and Anzac Day on Easter Monday, which meant New Zealanders missed out on two of the 11 public holidays. Mr Clark's bill would ensure that if future Waitangi Days or Anzac Days fell on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday would be a public holiday.



New Zealand's top tax "wedge" of 33 per cent on incomes above $70,000 is lower than all 27 other high-income nations in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, after including social security and payroll taxes which do not exist in this country. Rich New Zealanders also escape without paying any tax on capital gains that would be taxed in most other countries. On the other hand, New Zealand has the world's most comprehensive goods and services tax (GST), taxing 98 per cent of all potentially taxable consumer spending compared with a developed world average of 59 per cent. New Zealand is one of only five high-income OECD nations that do not allow any exemptions for food - a key factor in our high food prices. "We charge less tax than any comparable country on high incomes, dividends and capital gains," he says. "Our GST, however, is bigger than most, both as a proportion of taxes and as a proportion of the economy as a whole."



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