ミニヘッドライン 2012/03/26



The deconstruction of Christchurch Cathedral is getting underway this afternoon. According to reports, a crane is currently being brought into the square to start taking down the building. The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority says the crane will be set up this afternoon before any work starts on the demolition proper.



There's another call from overseas to look at conserving Christchurch Cathedral. The UNESCO World Heritage Centre says while the cathedral isn't a world heritage site, its symbolic value needs to be taken into account. Spokesperson Gina Doubleday says while the survival of the cathedral might appear to be expensive at first, saving would help maintain the character of the city, bring it business opportunities and increase property values in the long term. Ms Doubleday says a restored cathedral would testify to history and continuity of cultural life that a brand new building wouldn't be able to convey.



Police will not lay charges against the cameraman in the teapot tapes saga. Bradley Ambrose recorded the conversation between Prime Minister John Key and Act Party candidate John Banks as they chatted at a Newmarket cafe in the lead up to last year's general election. Ambrose had claimed that the recording was not intentional, but also claimed that their conversation was not a private one. Key said the conversation was private, and pressed charges.



Rail commuters had to evacuate a train in Auckland this morning after smoke billowed from a carriage. The train was heading out of Glen Innes at about 7am when the problem occurred. The Fire Service was called but firefighters were stood down before they arrived at the train. Passengers were transferred on to another train.



Auckland Mayor Len Brown says he is shocked by footage of a young skateboarder being tackled to the ground by a man at a city skatepark. Video footage has been circulating online this morning following ugly scenes at the Victoria Park skatepark yesterday. The video shows a man shoulder charging a skateboarder and fiercely berating him. Shortly after the man is confronted by an older skateboarder who complains about his actions.




Public organisations have paid about $90 million to their chief executives in a year - with some receiving rises of more than 20 per cent, and one getting a 55 per cent increase. Public bosses received an average $340,000 each in the last financial year - up $14,000 (4.3 per cent) on the previous year. The median income in New Zealand from wages and salaries during the same period increased $1600 (4 per cent) to $41,600. But some chief executives received rises far in excess of these percentages, according to a Herald survey of about 300 Crown entities, councils, state-owned enterprises and other organisations in the public sector.



Immigrants convicted in New Zealand of minor offences such as drink-driving may not be granted further visas to remain in the country. Immigration NZ has made amendments to its operational instructions, effective today, to enable its officers to decline subsequent visas. Rob Stevens, the agency's service support general manager, said it would apply to offences such as burglary, shoplifting, drink-driving, disorderly behaviour and possessing or cultivating cannabis. "These instructions will include any applicant who has been convicted at any time of a criminal offence in New Zealand for which the court has the power to impose a term of imprisonment of at least three months," Mr Stevens said. It will also make it tougher for visa applicants who left the country before a deportation order was served.



Auckland councillor Cameron Brewer is questioning the size and $3.2 million running cost of Mayor Len Brown's office, saying it is too expensive. Figures released to Mr Brewer show it cost $3.2 million to run the mayor's office in the first 12 months of the Super City, much of which was spent on 23 staff, contractors and consultants. "The mayoral budget is far too fat ... This is really empire-building stuff," said the right-leaning Orakei councillor and Mr Brown's loudest critic on council. Mr Brewer did acknowledge that the mayor's office was pretty disciplined on travel ($29,314) and credit card expenditure ($2855).



A patient who was served a "Mediterranean" meal at Auckland City Hospital struggled to look at the dish, let alone taste it. The woman's son, who asked not to be named, sent a photo of the offending meal to the Herald, and said it was served to his mother in January. "It was labelled 'Mediterranean falafel and hummus'. My mother could not even taste it or even look at it. Who would? "Nobody expected restaurant quality at all, and I appreciate the volume and pressure [hospital staff] are under ... but this ... to an already sick patient."



The sign says "enjoy your meal" but that was the last thing one patient at Auckland City Hospital was able to do after being served an omelette resembling a block of mouldy cheese. The patient was so disgusted by her parsley omelette that she could only stomach one mouthful. The woman, in hospital for surgery and whom the Herald has agreed not to identify, was served the meal on Monday. She showed her horrified friend, Andrea Jacobsen, a picture of her lunch. "It looked like a block of mouldy blue cheese ... It doesn't look nutritious at all. You'd have to be pretty hungry to eat that," she said.




Marmite levels throughout the country are dangerously low, but loyal followers have not made the switch to Vegemite, say Kraft. Now, supermarket chains have confirmed stocks are limited, but it would appear people were not looking to sate their appetite with Marmite's main competitor - Vegemite. Kraft Vegemite brand manager Will Radford said so far there had not been an upsurge in sales since Sanitarium's announcement. "It is currently too early to see the impact but it is business as usual for us; we have ensured that we have enough stock for our loyal Vegemite eaters," he said.



The New Zealand dollar fell amid doubts that global growth will pick up pace as China's manufacturers slow their output and traders await further signs of a revival in the US economy. The New Zealand fell to 81.65 US cents from 81.88 cents at the close of trading in New York on Friday. The trade-weighted index decreased to 72.76 from 72.88. Weakness in China, the world's second-largest economy, gave investors cause for pause last week as a preliminary reading of the nation's manufacturing gauge in March fell to its lowest level in four months.



Mark Lister from Craigs Investment Partners told TV ONE's Breakfast it could be tough for New Zealand's economy if China's "wheels really fall off". "If it falls to about 8% that's fine, that's just part of this rebalancing process," he said. "If it slows from 9% to 5%, then you've got real problems." Lister said a little slowdown is completely acceptable and expected, but a sharp downturn could hurt New Zealand exporters like Fonterra. "Fonterra exports about 10% of its dairy products to China, so they're a big market and a very important market," he said.



ANZ will be shelling out thousands of dollars to ATM users whose card details were 'skimmed' and sold overseas. The bank has confirmed three of its cash machines in Auckland were compromised in the scam. They include an ATM in Parnell on February 4, one in Takapuna between February 20 - 22, and on February 24, and one in Howick on March 2.



Some children's playground equipment makers are falsely claiming to meet safety standards, the Commerce Commission says. In a letter to the industry the commission has warned that any companies claiming to comply with playground safety standards would be chased up. False claims could violate the Fair Trading Act, which carries a maximum penalty of $200,000 for each breach. The shakeup was prompted by a complaint made to the commission, which then conducted an investigation into a number of playground equipment companies. "During the investigation we found playground manufacturers and suppliers were uncertain about what exactly they needed to do to comply with the safety standard", said competition manager Greg Allan.



There's concern about a $26 million rise in pokie spending last year, despite there being fewer machines and places to play. Recent figures show in 2011 more than $866 million was spent on gaming machines in pubs and clubs, up from $840 million in 2010. The increase is despite a falling number of gambling venues and machines. "That comes from our poorest communities and in areas that can least afford it," Graeme Ramsey from Problem Gambling Foundation told ONE News.



Australian farmers are becoming increasingly pessimistic in the face of a high Australian dollar and weaker commodity prices, a survey shows. Food and agribusiness bank Rabobank Australia on Monday released its quarterly Rural Confidence Survey which showed farmers were becoming increasingly pessimistic about the economic outlook. The survey of 1200 primary producers found 28% expect the agricultural economy to worsen in the next 12 months, compared to 20% previously. Only 16% of producers expected conditions to improve, while 52% expected them to remain stable. Rabobank said those expecting conditions to worsen nominated falling commodity prices and the high value of the Australian dollar as their primary concerns. "Not surprisingly, farmers are becoming more concerned with the strong Australian dollar," Rabobank general manager Rural Australia Peter Knoblanche said in a statement.



A 34-year-old man has been shot dead by police inside a packed shopping centre after a knife-point robbery and a carjacking in Sydney's west. The man, a suspect in both crimes, was shot and fatally wounded after a brief struggle with a policeman in a private service corridor at Parramatta's Westfield mall on Sunday afternoon. Senior police said it appeared the man did not have a gun when he was shot, nor was it immediately clear if he had any other weapon. "I'm not aware of this man being armed with a gun," New South Wales Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford told reporters in Sydney.



The director of Titanic and other films used a specially designed submarine called Deepsea Challenger to dive nearly 11 kilometres. He completed his deep dive a little before 8 a.m. Monday local time, according to Stephanie Montgomery of the National Geographic Society. "All systems OK,'' were Cameron's first words, according to a statement. He arrived at a depth of 10,898 metres early Sunday evening (UST) on the U.S. East Coast. He plans to spend about six hours exploring and filming the Mariana Trench, about 320 kilometres southwest of the Pacific island of Guam. The scale of the trench is hard to grasp it's 120 times larger than the Grand Canyon and more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) deeper than Mount Everest is tall. The first and only time anyone dove to these depths was in 1960. Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard and U.S. Navy Capt. Don Walsh took nearly five hours to reach the bottom and stayed just 20 minutes.



The couple bought the £18 million ($NZ34.9m) estate - dubbed Beckingham Palace - in Hertfordshire shortly after tying the knot in 1999. But having relocated to Los Angeles in 2007 so David could play football for LA Galaxy, the Beckhams - who are worth more than £160million - reportedly want to sell off their properties in England and France and focus on life in America. A source said: "David and Victoria have been wanting to sell up for a couple of years now but the timing was never right. They are believed to have lavished £18million on the 22-acre home - which they bought for £2.5million - so that it now features a petting zoo, indoor and outdoor pools, studio, gym and tennis courts.



Qantas has unveiled plans for a Jetstar Hong Kong, a joint venture between the airline and China Eastern. Flights will take off in 2013, flying short-haul routes in China and to Japan, South Korea and southeast Asia on the short-haul Airbus A320 aircraft. Last year, Qantas started a joint venture with Japan Airlines to form Jetstar Japan. The new deal, which has been etched out for four years, is worth $NZD244.5 million.



People who sleep less than six hours per night or more than eight are more likely to suffer heart problems than people who sleep between six and eight hours. A US study confirms the conclusions of previous, smaller studies, and is based on what researchers describe as a nationally representative sample of 3,000 people covering five separate heart ailments and their links to sleep duration. The subjects for the study were people over age 45 who participated in a survey of health issues in US households known as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Subjects were asked to describe their sleep patterns and were also asked if they were ever told they had congestive heart failure, heart attack, coronary artery disease, angina or stroke. People who said they got too little sleep each night were two times more likely to have a stroke or heart attack and 1.6 more likely to have congestive heart failure than people who slept between six and eight hours nightly, the researchers said.



Brownlee proceeded to list reasons why he believes New Zealand is a superior country to Finland, including having a better standard of living, more consistent growth, lower unemployment, and lower inflation rates. "We've less than half the homicide rate of Finland," he said. "And we have more women in third-tier education than Finland does." His comments, which were made last week, have upset Finns in New Zealand. Auckland University of Technology lecturer Merja Myllylahti told tvnz.co.nz she found Brownlee's comments misleading and short on fact. She thought it would be appropriate to set up a "polite" Facebook page to "educate" Brownlee, given Finland has such a strong education system. "This is not a personal attack on him," Myllylahti said. "But if you are in that sort of high position you need to be careful with what you say. His facts are actually wrong." Brownlee said the debate was mostly humorous and should not have offended Finns.




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