ミニヘッドライン 2012/03/13



Michael Graves, 22, allegedly assaulted hwis former girlfriend after the pair had been watching the Oscars ceremony at a private afternoon function on February 28. After his first court appearance, Graves told APNZ the pair had been arguing while driving to get some food. Ms Castle-Hughes then tried to jump out of the car while he was driving, he said. The car was swerving while Graves tried to pull her back inside the moving vehicle, and he pulled the car over on Dominion Road. The police were called and Mr Graves was arrested. He spent the night in jail and police laid a charge of assault against him. The pair have dated on and off for over one year, but broke up following the incident. Graves has been legally banned from contacting or seeing his former girlfriend as part of bail conditions.



State Highway One, north of Wellington, has been closed following a three car crash. The incident at Pukerua Bay happened just before 7am. One woman was injured and police are working to clear one lane of the highway. Meanwhile, in another incident a person is trapped inside a car following a crash in Wadestown, Wellington. It happened at around 7.30am.



New Zealand children are being promised a shot at stardom by a company whose auditions have caused complaints and warnings in the United States. Radio commercials have promised Kiwi parents the opportunity to "make their child's dreams come true" by registering them for "The Event" held at Sky City in Auckland this weekend. A website for the free event says children can audition for the chance to be seen by more than 60 agents, casting directors and managers representing talent from American TV shows such as Glee, iCarly, Victorious, and Big Time Rush. The chance to eventually win cash and prizes worth more than US$50,000 ($61,000) is also promised.



A report has revealed it will cost $81,600 to keep Hamilton's 100-year-old Municipal Pools open until the end of June, and ratepayers will have to pay $1.4 million if the Hamilton City Council decides they should stay open permanently. The lobby group Sink or Swim hopes to use the time to convince the council not to close the pools permanently and has disputed figures in the latest report that suggest only 330 people a month are visiting the pools. Sink or Swim spokeswoman Megan Bourke planned to question the figures in the latest report because they looked "completely wrong". She said she was was baffled that only $3000 in revenue was estimated for April to June. At $3 a person, that equated to only about 330 people a month which she said did not add up when school groups of about 200 children were using the facility.




* Pool is 100 years old and New Zealand's largest in-ground pool.

* プールは100年前のもので、地面に設置されたプールとしてニュージーランドで最大。

* $1.435 million upgrade required.

* プールの改修・補修費用に$1.435ミリオンの税金が必要。

* annual operating cost is $210,000.

* 年間運営費が21万ドル。

* 9143 people used it between July and last month.

* 7月から先月までに9143人の人々が利用。

* $81,600 is net cost to keep it operating until end of June.

* $81,600は6月まで運営するための正味のコスト。


There were 6,168 unconditional sales in February - a 37 per cent jump when compared with the same month last year. It is the best February recorded since 2008. The national median house price remained steady for the third straight month at $355,000 - up $5,000 or 1.4 per cent. The REINZ Housing Price Index was up 0.8 per cent in February compared with January. The index recorded falls in Wellington, "Other North Island" and sections. Increases were recorded in Auckland, Christchurch and Other South Island. Compared to February 2011 the REINZ Housing Price Index rose 2.7 per cent, and the National Index is now 3 per cent below the peak recorded in November 2007.



Christchurch Airport is working on a replacement for the AirAsia X services, due to end this year. The Malaysian-based airline will withdraw from the Christchurch - Kuala Lumpur route at the end of May. AirAsia X said it was ending its service because of climbing jet fuel costs, which have risen 30 per cent since the service began in the South Island almost a year ago. Christchurch Airport CEO Jim Boult told Newstalk ZB today he was upset by the closure of the service. "Personally I'm devastated, I've put 10 years of effort into get this service, and after only 12 months, it's pretty disappointing." "It's the low cost model on a long-haul route. It would have worked alright had it not been for a 30 per cent increase in [fuel] price over the last 12 months." "It's disappointing but we'll get back and try again. We're talking to several airlines at the present time out of various Asian ports, and we're pretty confident within the next 12 to 24 months we'll get another one."



ACC Minister Judith Collins has asked for an urgent report into allegations that private details of thousands of ACC claimants were sent to an unauthorised recipient. Some 9000 ACC claimants, including sexual abuse and rape victims, had their details emailed to someone who should not have received them, Fairfax Media reported. The details include full names and the nature of individual's claims - including those of 250 people handled by the ACC's sensitive claims unit. Ms Collins this morning asked ACC chief executive Ralph Stewart for a report into the matter. ACC's senior managers were reportedly informed about the breach three months ago but made no effort to investigate or ensure the information went no further.



New Zealanders are suffering from "discount fatigue", says a marketing expert, and are changing the way they think about value. Jon Bird, the chief executive of retail experts IdeaWorks, told TV ONE's Breakfast his company surveyed 400 Kiwis on their perceptions of 43 different brands on their value. "In fact, 59% of Kiwis say sales have less affect than they used to, because they're just too common," said Bird. "I mean years ago when retailers like Farmers had a couple of sales a year that was news, but that's not these days - I mean everyone's on sale." Now, with consumers feeling sick of sales, it is important to stand for more than just price, he said today. "Value is in the eyes of the beholder," said Bird. "Kiwis are recognising I think that you get what you pay for". Bird told Breakfast 71% of Kiwis now agree with the idea that value is more than just price.



New Zealand food prices rose in February as retailers cut back on discounting soda, fruit juice, and energy drinks. The food price index rose 0.6 per cent to 1263 in February, and is up 1.5 per cent from the same month a year earlier, according to Statistics New Zealand. That was led by a 3 per cent increase in non-alcoholic beverages, followed by a 1.7 per cent rise in the price of meat, poultry and fish, and a 0.6 per cent gain in grocery food prices. "Inflation is currently very benign, and will comfortably remain around the bottom half of the RBNZ's target band for most of this year," ASB economist Jane Turner said in a note. "We continue to expect the RBNZ to leave the OCR unchanged until December 2012."



Supermarket chain Pak'nSave has been ranked the leading ''good value brand'' in a survey of 400 shoppers. The results come following research undertaken last week by Auckland-based firm Big Picture Research. Auction site Trade Me was ranked second, while DIY chain Bunnings just edged out competitor Mitre 10 to take third spot.



Dairy co-operative Fonterra will spend $300 million boosting its Darfield plant, including installing a second milk powder dryer. Stage one of the company's first new processing site in 14 years is already on track for taking milk at Darfield from this August. However, Fonterra has today confirmed that work on the second stage will begin in the next few months and is due to be complete in time for the 2013 season.



The New Zealand dollar fell on speculation America's central bank will refrain from further easing of monetary policy this week in the face of signs the world's biggest economy is reviving. The New Zealand dollar fell as low as 81.37 US cents overnight from 81.79 cents yesterday at 5pm. It traded at 81.69 US cents just before 8am this morning. The trade-weighted index was little-changed on 72.86 from 72.89.



Air New Zealand is increasing domestic and trans-Tasman fares to cover the higher cost of fuel. Domestic fares will increase by between 2 per cent and 3 per cent, while trans-Tasman fares will rise between $2 and $20 each way depending on fare category and route. The domestic fare increases take effect from sale and travel from Friday. The higher trans-Tasman fares come in on March 23 for travel from June 25. Long haul international fares were not included in the changes. Air New Zealand spokesman Mark Street said the last fuel-related increase was a year ago.



Former All Blacks captain and New Zealand Rugby Union chairman Jock Hobbs has died. Hobbs had been battling leukaemia since late 2009 and was admitted to Wellington Hospital last week in a critical condition.



In a wide-ranging talk about the Internet and government, Al Gore urged the techie crowd at South By Southwest to use digital tools to improve government. The former vice president sat for a conversation with Napster co-founder and Web entrepreneur Sean Parker on Monday at SXSW in a flashy tete-a-tete that drew an audience of thousands at the Austin Convention Center and more viewers via a live stream. "Our democracy has been hacked," said Gore, framing Washington gridlock and the effects of special interest money in digital terms.



Under the Treasury's midyear review released in November, government revenues were down A$140 billion ($180 billion) in the five years to 2012-13 from the pre-crisis forecast, Swan said. There has been further weakness in company tax receipts since then, according to the Treasurer. The country's terms of trade were also expected to gradually decline in the years ahead, as global commodity production increases, he said. The Reserve Bank of Australia left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 4.25 per cent on March 6 and reiterated that it has scope to lower borrowing costs if demand weakens "materially".



Police in northern Greece say a 12-year-old girl has been arrested along with three of her relatives after selling her 10-week-old baby son for 12,500 ($20,100 NZ) to undercover officers posing as adoptive parents. A police statement said that the girl, her 44-year-old aunt and her aunt's parents, aged 65 and 71, were all arrested on illegal adoption charges. The 12-year-old was expected to be released from custody after being interviewed by a public prosecutor. The incident took place in Xrysoupoli, a town about 700 kilometres northeast of Athens, after police acted on a tip and used marked banknotes for the transaction.



Royal Bank of Scotland and former directors including ex-chief executive Fred Goodwin and ex-chairman Sir Tom McKillop have been hit with a £2.4 billion ($4.6 billion) legal claim from angry investors in the taxpayer bailed-out bank. RBOS Shareholders Action Group was due to deliver claims letters to the bank and 17 former directors, including the former head of investment banking Johnny Cameron. These claim that RBS misled investors in the prospectus for its £12 billion rights issue to fund the takeover of the Dutch bank ABN Amro just five months before it had to be bailed out by the taxpayer. The action group is backed by 7400 private shareholders and some 80 institutional investors, including Collins Stewart, Deutsche Bank, SG Hambro, Credit Agricole, State Street Securities and HSBC Global Custody. Ironically it also includes NatWest Stockbrokers.



Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton's marriage ended because he didn't want kids, according to one of his ex-wives. Melissa deBin-Parish - who was married to the 56-year-old Bad Santa actor from 1978 to 1980 - claims it was Thornton's lack of desire for children that drove them apart. She said: "I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he did not want to be around children back then. Look at the timeline: she adopted Maddox and then, [Billy] was gone." The pair - who met in 1999 on the set of Pushing Tin and married after just two months of dating in 2000 - split just three months after adopting Maddox, now 10 - who has since been adopted by Jolie's current partner Brad Pitt.



A helicopter has been pictured undertaking "scary" maneuvers while circling the Sky Tower this morning. The chopper, which appears to be filming, is flying just metres away from the Auckland landmark. A reader, who did not want to be named, said it was "scary" to watch.



Pedestrians airing their shoes for Walk to Work Day tomorrow are demanding right of way over vehicles turning at intersections. Their national umbrella group, Living Streets Aotearoa, will begin a campaign for a "pedestrian-focused" road code at free breakfasts in Auckland and other centres such as Rotorua and Whakatane. Group president Andy Smith, of Walk Auckland, said yesterday that the aim was to bring New Zealand up to international best practice by giving pedestrians a fairer chance of survival and making streets safer for all. He said the country was out of step with countries such as Australia, Britain and Canada by allowing pedestrians right of way only at designated crossings, and not at uncontrolled intersections.




Australia and Britain: Drivers must give way to pedestrians crossing roads into which vehicles are turning.


British Columbia (Canada) and Illinois (United States): Drivers must "yield" to pedestrians crossing any roads in front of them at intersections, whether marked or not.


New Zealand: Drivers are required to stop for pedestrians only at pedestrian crossings and at traffic lights on "walk now" phases.

ニュージーランド:運転手は歩道を歩く歩行者のために、また、交差点の信号でウォークナウ(渡れのサイン、walk now)が点灯しているとき、車を止めることが要求されている。


Master of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee could tell instantly when she tasted fake wine at a Hong Kong dinner party. "Just from colour and the nose, once you taste it, it was confirmation that it wasn't the genuine wine," she said. But not everyone possesses Lee's acumen. China's booming appetite for fine wine in recent years has fuelled a rampant counterfeit market that industry insiders fear could be turning local buyers off. "What we're seeing across the country is a proliferation of knock-offs and copycats and outright counterfeit as the imported wine industry really explodes in this market," said Ian Ford of Summergate Fine Wines in Shanghai, adding that counterfeiters are taking advantage of inexperienced Chinese consumers. China has become the world's fifth-largest consumer of wine, ahead of Britain, according to an International Wine and Spirit Research study. It forecasts 54 per cent growth from 2011 to 2015 - the equivalent of a billion more bottles.



What's advertised as the smallest town in the United States is scheduled to go up for auction next month. Buford, located between Cheyenne and Laramie in southeast Wyoming, is famous for having just one inhabitant, Don Sammons. Buford traces its origins the 1860s and the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad and had as many as 2000 residents before the railroad was rerouted. Buford sits at an elevation of 2438 metres (8000 feet) and is the highest town along Interstate 80 between New York and California. The area offers impressive views of the Rocky Mountains but is prone to extreme winds and frigid temperatures — even by Wyoming standards. It's a business opportunity that also offers a romantic lifestyle, said Amy Bates, chief marketing officer for Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Williams and Williams, which is handling the auction. Bidding will open at US$100,000, she said.



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It took just over an hour for Chris Painter to be rescued after he activated his emergency beacon, but it could have been much faster if the device was registered in New Zealand, the Rescue Coordination Centre says. Painter, 61, was on a 10-day fishing trip in the South Island's Kahurangi National Park last week when he injured his knee. He spent a night in an emergency tent and activated his personal locator beacon the following morning. The UK's Daily Mail reported that the beacon's signal was picked up by coastguards in the UK, where it was registered, but a RCCNZ spokesperson said the signal was first picked up in New Zealand. The UK coastguards contacted the emergency contacts listed when the beacon was registered, and eventually spoke to Painter's wife in Nelson. The information was then passed on to RCCNZ.



Ashleigh Good was waiting at a bus stop in Mairangi Bay on Auckland's North Shore when her life changed forever. The 1.82 metre tall beauty was spotted by model scout Rose Packard-Dube in November and three months later she was on a plane to strut the catwalks of Paris. ''It was like a fairytale,'' Packard-Dube said. Headshots of the 20-year-old were posted on Packard-Dube's Facebook page, Rpd Nz, in January and within two days Ford Models New York was in touch wanting to see more and sign her up. Good, meanwhile, went to casting calls in Auckland for the New Zealand Fashion Festival but wasn't booked for a single show. What those in New Zealand didn't see, the big names in Paris did. Fashion house Givenchy placed her in the catwalk show for its autumn/winter season during Paris Fashion Week earlier this month.



Russian steel magnate Alexander Abramov's Northland house could be costing $40 million to build, a top real estate expert has estimated. Graham Wall, the Auckland agent who has sold many of the country's highest-price houses, said it could be New Zealand's most expensive residence, ahead of the Chrisco mansion in Coatesville and ex-Hanover boss Mark Hotchin's much-criticised Paritai Drive mansion. "I would only be guessing but if you say it's 4000sq m, it could cost as much as $40 million to build. That's everything," he said, including all internal fittings, appliances and electronics. 




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