ミニヘッドライン 2012/03/19



Several people have been rescued from rising flood waters in Northland today. A severe weather warning has been issued with MetService predicting another 100 to 150mm of rain on top of the two months' worth that has already fallen in parts of Northland. Severe southerly gales, gusting up to 120 kilometres an hour, are also expected. Metservice said in the 24 hours from midday Sunday, Kerikeri had 178mm of rain, Whangerei 151mm and Albany 33mm. Northland Civil Defence spokesman Graeme MacDonald says widespread flooding is likely across the region and the situation is serious. 'We're urging people to take appropriate precautions, especially those living in flood-prone areas. We're also asking people not to travel at all and stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary," he said.



A 12-year-old driver is "damn lucky" he didn't crash after being clocked at speeds of more than 140km/h on a state highway. The young age of the driver shocked police who say they did not set off in pursuit for fear of what being chased might cause the youngster to do. Senior Sergeant Graeme Hill of Tokoroa police said a call was received from the Tokoroa boy's mother about 1.30am yesterday to say her car had been stolen. The 12-year-old and two passengers - another 12-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy from Tokoroa - travelled the 40km round trip to Putaruru and back to Tokoroa, apparently to see a girlfriend. The 12-year-old drove the car most of the way with the 15-year-old allegedly taking over when they arrived back in Tokoroa. The 12-year-olds have been referred to Youth Aid and the 15-year-old was due to appear in the Tokoroa Youth Court today charged with unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle. Mr Hill said further charges could be laid.



A further three planes from Air New Zealand's ATR fleet will return to service tomorrow after the fleet was grounded yesterday, stranding some 5000 customers over two days. The airline's 11-strong ATR72-500 fleet, operated by Mount Cook Airlines, was grounded for safety inspections yesterday after hairline cracks were found around the cockpit windows of one aircraft. About 60 one-way services were cancelled yesterday, affecting about 3000 customers, while a further 2000 customers would be affected by cancellations today. One of the 68-seat aircraft was back in service yesterday, while another re-entered service today.



Police were called to the Kuripuni Tavern in Masterton shortly after 11 pm on Saturday night where they found the baby girl strapped in her car seat. Detective Sergeant Tony Heathcote said police also discovered a 10-year-old and 11-year-old, who were supposed to be in man's car, alone at a Masterton address. "Every child deserves the right to be looked after and cared for, not neglected and left in a vehicle outside a pub on a Saturday night. "We have notified the appropriate agencies who will ensure that the ongoing welfare needs of these three children are met," said Heathcote. A 39-year-old man will appear in the Masterton District Court on Thursday facing charges including driving with excess breath alcohol and the wilful neglect of the three children.



Local Government Minister Dr Nick Smith is considering a law change to cap Super City rates increases at no more than 10 per cent this year. Households in National electorates, such as Epsom, Auckland Central, Tamaki, North Shore, Northcote and East Coast Bays face some of the biggest increases from the Government-imposed directive for a single rating system for the Super City. Auckland Mayor Len Brown has written to Dr Smith asking for help to smooth the changes so no ratepayers get an increase or decrease greater than 10 per cent in July. Mr Brown is proposing an overall rates increase of 3.6 per cent, but merging the rating systems of the eight former councils into a single system means many households will receive bigger increases and others will receive big decreases. Yesterday, Dr Smith said the Government was open-minded about providing flexibility for the council to be able to make the transition to a single rating system, but he also believed the Auckland Council had ample tools within the current law to cap increases at 10 per cent.



Thousands of Northland children will enjoy free milk this morning. Dairy giant Fonterra will deliver milk to 81 Northland schools, 45 years after the scheme was canned. However, not all schools have opted into the scheme saying it will add extra work for staff. Fonterra said it will supply milk to all New Zealand primary schools by 2013. The Milk for Kiwi's scheme will be trialled in 110 Northland schools, before the nationwide roll out. Free milk was given to school children between 1937 and 1967 under a world-first Labour Government health scheme.

45年間続いたスキームが終了したあと、酪農大手のフォンテラがノースランドにある81校もの学校へ無料のミルクを今朝届けたようです。フォンテラによると、ミルクフォーキーウィ(The Milk for Kiwi's)のスキームは、全国のプライマリースクールへ供給するまえにノースランドの110校へ試験的に供給し、そのあと、2013年までに全国のプライマリースクールへミルクを供給することを予定しています。1937年から1967年にも無料ミルクが学校へ供給された経緯があり、当時の労働党の世界最初のヘルススキームのひとつとして実施されていたようです。


New Zealand's Marmite stock is expected to run out within weeks, according to its maker Sanitarium. Production on the Kiwi breakfast staple had to be suspended after earthquake damage to a cooling tower at the company's Christchurch factory rendered the nearby Marmite building unsafe. Sanitarium general manager Pierre van Heerden said hopefully enough stock was in circulation to last a few weeks, but production wasn't expected to resume until midway through this year. "The tower, which is next to the Marmite facility, suffered considerable damage in the Christchurch earthquake and has had to be deconstructed. While that is happening, workers have had to vacate the Marmite factory because it is unsafe."



New Zealand's economic recovery will be shallower than previously thought, reflecting delays in the Canterbury rebuild and in investment generally, according to the NZIER's latest consensus forecasts. The forecasts are an average of New Zealand economic forecasts compiled from a survey of financial and economic agencies. They showed economists expected growth to accelerate from 1.8 per cent in the year ending March 2012 to 3.2 per cent by 2014, NZIER said. Forecasters were more optimistic about the global economy and exports, reflecting slightly less concern about the situation in Europe, it said. A slow recovery and a high exchange rate will restrain inflation over the next two years. "As a result the Reserve Bank will raise interest rates later and more gradually," NZIER said. Forecasters expect the government's fiscal position to remain in deficit over the next three years and the current account deficit is set to worsen, reversing recent improvements.



A major shortage of rental houses in earthquake-ravaged Christchurch is severely affecting the city's road to recovery. The Real Estate Institute NZ surveyed 11,500 rental properties in the city and found there were almost no rental properties available. Tony McPherson, the Christchurch-based Director of REINZ said at least two-thirds of those surveyed required temporary accommodation whilst their homes were being repaired. But, due to the shortage they had nowhere to stay. "For repairs to be done and to be cost effective, people need to move out of their homes. It is difficult as this period can be anywhere between 3 days and 4 weeks typically" said McPherson. The survey also found that 41 per cent of tenants are finding it impossible to relocate due to the lack of alternative accommodation, with 35 per cent of tenants having to remain in homes whilst repairs are carried out. A further 44 per cent of tenants said they were finding it extremely difficult to relocate because of the rental shortage, and 6 per cent of tenants were found to have been vacated from homes without the provision of alternative accommodation.



Homeowners should ignore calls to fix their mortgage rates, some commentators say. Philip Macalister, editor of Good Returns, said some banks had been "gently encouraging" people to move to a fixed rate but there was no good reason to do so, until there was some certainty of a mortgage rates rise in the near future. "The key thing that will drive interest rates up is positive news out of the international markets. But there's more downside news out of Europe than upside at present," Macalister said. "[New Zealand] is slowly ticking along but there is no sign of a sudden uplift." For a household paying off a $200,000 mortgage, a two-year fixed rate of 5.79 per cent - the lowest available from the main banks - would result in a payment of $1408 a month. Floating on the lowest floating rate of 5.65 per cent would mean payments of $1392. In broad terms, every per cent increase would mean $110-$120 extra per month in repayments. Lower interest rates would mean lower mortgage repayments, leaving most homeowners with more money left over to pay down their mortgages more quickly.



The Prime Minister says parts of New Zealand are showing signs of a property boom and suggests the housing market is "about to take off". John Key told TV ONE's Breakfast that rent and house price increases in Auckland and supply shortages are symptoms of a looming property bubble. Asked if he thinks a property boom is coming, Key said supply is starting to bubble through to the surface but it is quite slow. Hickey said the current "no worries" attitude about the housing market is similar to the pre-2003 outlook. "We need to worry about asset bubbles and when we see house prices rising more than 20% year-on-year, in Auckland, we should at least be watching closely and the Reserve Bank Governor and the Finance Minister should be watching - because it looks like New Zealand has not changed that much," he said. According to Hickey, bank lending habits are also mimicking the lead up to the last housing bubble.



In yet another sign of the growing dominance of the digital publishing market, the oldest English-language encyclopedia still in print is moving solely into the digital age. The Encyclopaedia Britannica, which has been in continuous print since it was first published in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1768, said yesterday it will end publication of its printed editions and continue with digital versions available online. The flagship, 32-volume printed edition, available every two years, was sold for $1400. An online subscription costs around $70 per year and the company recently launched a set of apps ranging between $1.99 and $4.99 per month. The company said it will keep selling print editions until the current stock of around 4000 sets ran out.



Incoming tourists are being warned about the risk of theft from cars and campervans in New Zealand, but Police Minister Anne Tolley says there has been no spike in incidents. A number of incidents involving European tourists in Auckland and Rotorua generated media attention over the summer holidays, and last week the Argentine Embassy in Wellington advised tourists in New Zealand to take care with their belongings. "There has been an increase in the number of reported robberies, especially of cars and camper vans left unprotected, in larger cities and popular tourist areas," it said in a regular newsletter. A spokeswoman for the German Embassy said there had been a warning about thefts from vehicles on its website for about two years. A warning of the French Embassy's website also warns of thefts from cars and campervans and recommends people take their valuable belongings with them.



It wasn't orders for Big Macs, but complaints about a big mess that a central city McDonald's had to contend with on Saturday night. The manager at McDonald's Quay St said keeping up with clearing rubbish left by revellers and diners on "big event nights" has become an impossible task. The footpath in front of the restaurant was littered with takeaway remains, leftovers, paper bags - and even vomit. Thousands of revellers were in the city celebrating St Patrick's Day. Although the litter was on a council-managed area, the restaurant took responsibility for cleaning up the litter but its staff just couldn't cope. Bathilda Edeltrand, a tourist from Germany, who went there after a night out at the Viaduct, said the mess was "disgusting" and she was "amazed at how people in New Zealand can enjoy their burgers sitting around litter and vomit".



New Zealand is in for an astronomical treat this June when the country will be perfectly positioned to see the planet Venus transit across the face of the Sun. For six hours on Wednesday June 6, from 10.15am to 4.43pm, a significant black dot will be visible as Venus moves across the Sun's surface. However the president of the Auckland Astronomical Society, Grant Christie, said that what people will be able to see on the day depends on the weather. "That's the crucial thing - if the skies are clear, we'll get a nice view," Christie said. Taking place only when Venus passes directly between the Sun and the Earth, the transit happens in pairs separated by eight years. Each pair then occurs at alternating intervals of 105 and 121 years, making this an incredibly rare event.



Volunteers are celebrating the arrival of a five-day-old chick whose species was considered extinct on the main Chatham island. The Chatham petrel, or taiko chick, is believed to be the first born on the main island in 500 years. The conservation breakthrough comes after a four year project to relocate the birds from neighbouring predator free islands. The introduction of cats and rats led to the original demise of the species on the main Chatham island.

500年前に最初に誕生したと考えられている、チャタムアイランドの固有種の鳥(Chatham petrel、マオリ語でtaiko chick)の幼鳥が発見されたようです。チャタムアイランド本島へ猫やネズミが侵入したことから固有種が減少していることから、保存局が4年の年月を掛けて固有種に脅威のない島にしようとしていたプロジェクトにより今回の発見に繋がったようです。


Tourist-pulling Hot Water Beach has been revealed as New Zealand's most treacherous of the summer. Its lifeguards pulled more than 100 people from the surf this season.
In November, local teen Beau Hamilton prevented what could have been the beach's worst tragedy when he helped save several people, among them a New Yorker who cried and prayed as he helped her to the shore. The 107 rescues at the beach have eclipsed its tally of 88 last year, and about half of the 60 guards of the Trust Waikato Hot Water Beach Lifeguard Service had each clocked up more than 100 volunteer hours this season, chairman Gary Hinds said.



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