ミニヘッドライン 2012/04/17



Police are hoping to make an arrest today over a cowardly attack that left an elderly Kapiti Coast man with serious injuries. The 87-year-old confronted a group of teenagers who were jumping in his groomed macrocarpa bushes at the front of his Waikanae Beach property on Saturday night. He asked them to move along, but one of the youths verbally abused him, saying, "Who's going to make us?'' The teenager then struck him, pushing him off-balance onto the road. Neighbours said the elderly man was left distressed and bleeding profusely from the head. Police today released a photo of his injuries, which included several cuts to his face and a fractured cheekbone. Police said the youth wanted in connection with the shove was a European aged about 18. He was wearing a black top, black three quarter length shorts and a black baseball cap.



A man who kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and spent two nights on the run with her on Great Barrier Island has pleaded guilty to nine charges. Boulter went upstairs to the victim's bedroom, hid under the bed and waited for her and her new boyfriend to go to bed. When the pair lay down, he struck the boyfriend on the back of his head with a hard object. The woman screamed for Boulter to stop, but he struck her in the head as well before beating her boyfriend unconscious. She then ran screaming from the bedroom into the hallway, where she tried to call for help. Boulter knocked his ex unconscious, punching her in the back and kneeing her in the head. He then picked her up and dragged her across farmland and into the bush. Boulter kept his former girlfriend - wearing just her singlet top and pyjama pants, and no shoes - captive for over 38 hours. During that time he threatened and subjected her to physical abuse. The pair were eventually found by searchers while they were walking along a pig-hunting track.



The Aotea Centre in Auckland needs a new $10 million roof. The bitumen in the roof has reached the end of its life and needs to be replaced. Engineering consultancy Stephenson and Turner is carrying out a six-week investigation of the roof, before a two-month design process begins. More than $30 million has been spent over the past 10 years on upgrading the centre, which opened in 1990 at a cost of $128.5 million.



New Zealand's biggest growth industry is not agriculture or manufacturing - it is poverty, a Waikato University professor says. Social scientist, Professor Darrin Hodgetts, said New Zealand was "growing poverty". "It's our growth industry and it's growing at three times the OECD average," Hodgetts said. According to figures, the richest 1% of the population owns three times more than the combined cash and assets of the poorest 50%. "Things like Working for Families have had an impact but they haven't stopped the growth and the OECD figures are pretty conservative," he said. New Zealand had gone from one of the most equitable societies - in terms of income distribution - to one of the worst. "And the cracks are getting bigger. The problem is we don't see these things as a human rights issue."




Refining NZ kicked off an investor roadshow this week to try and muster shareholder support for its planned $365m plant upgrade, which comes at a time when many refineries in the developed world are shutting down. Refining NZ wants to expand its petrol refining capacity to meet 65 per cent of New Zealand's needs from the current 55 per cent. If approved, the CCR project should be finished by 2016, replacing the refinery's 1960s processing unit which would increase capacity by 3 million barrels of crude a year, or 8 per cent, improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel losses by 15 per cent. In 2010 a consortium, including New Zealand Superannuation and investment company Infratil acquired Shell's downstream assets - in petrol stations and its 17 per cent shareholding in the refinery. He said if the CCR project doesn't go ahead, then about $105 million will need to be spent on the existing 1960s platformer to extend its operational life beyond 2015. If approved, the project will be debt-funded through a new $300 million bank facility currently being negotiated with several banks and from Refining NZ's operating cash flows. Refining NZ's net debt is expected to increase to a peak level of approximately $240 million in 2015. The company expects to have the bank debt cleared by 2020.



Work on a new Marsden Pt city, poised to create 440 jobs and attract businesses from outside Northland, is expected to start within six months. Whangarei District Council and the Environment Court have given North Holdings, the company spearheading the move, the all-clear.



A voluntary code of conduct for wheel clamping is being developed after a meeting of Consumer Affairs Minister Simon Bridges and parking enforcement companies in Auckland yesterday at Mr Bridges' instigation. The announcement follows a series of cases about wheel-clamping highlighted recently by the Herald. The issue had been of growing concern and interest. "I'm pleased to see that the parking enforcement industry has recognised those concerns and the need to develop a code of conduct." The companies will develop the code themselves and will meet again with Mr Bridges in a month's time to report progress. Mr Bridges gave them copies of the West Australian and British codes of conduct for wheel-clamping.



Prime Minister John Key says its "possible" New Zealand could leave Afghanistan before 2014. The 140-member Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamyan province was due to stay there until 2014. Key, who is in Jakarta on a trade mission, said at this point the Government is still committed to this date. However, Key said: "It's possible we will be able to leave Bamiyan earlier."



The sale of the Crafar farms was not raised yesterday by senior Chinese leader Jia Qinglin in his talks with the New Zealand Government. And Acting Prime Minister Bill English was not expecting it to be raised, even informally over dinner last night at Premier House. The ministers considering the decision were applying the law and the court judgment which overturned a previous approval to sell the 16 Crafar farms to Shanghai Pengxin. "It's going through a process," Mr English said after the talks. "It's not as if it is negotiable." Mr Jia is No4 in the Chinese leadership hierarchy and is chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. "So if either of them change their polices to give more flexibility and allow their currencies to move in the way we expect they would move that would benefit New Zealand."




State-owned Kiwibank is considering expanding into New Zealand's $30 billion-a-month foreign exchange market, extending its rivalry with the nation's big four Australian-owned banks. The bank currently has a 'business markets division' in Wellington with eight sales dealers and three traders and is looking to establish a satellite office in Auckland, it said in the document. "With Kiwibank looking to increase and deepen its presence in New Zealand business markets, Kiwibank Financial Markets is rapidly becoming a key cornerstone of this strategy," the bank said in the document. "Kiwibank Financial Markets is gearing up to become a full service provider of markets products and service in New Zealand." Since starting in 2002, the state-owned bank has managed to build its share of the major bank lending market to 4.2 percent while capturing 6 percent of deposits, based on figures for the second half of 2011 in PwC's Banking Perspectives report released in February. Kiwibank is "looking to build our knowledge base and better understand the global market around FX trading technology," he said. In February, Kiwibank posted a first-half profit of $37.9 million, almost triple the year-earlier result of $13.9 million.



US authorities have announced the bust of an online narcotics "Farmers Market" where people around the globe could buy LSD, ecstasy and other illicit substances. Fifteen people were arrested as the result of a two-year-long investigation code-named "Project Adam Bomb" and involved law enforcement in Scotland, Columbia, the Netherlands and the United States, the US Justice Department said in a statement. Approximately $1.04 million worth of drug sales were processed at the online market between January 2007 and October of 2009, according to investigators. The online drug market was said to have thousands of registered users, and investigators identified customers in every US state as well as in 34 other countries. The drug menu at the market reportedly included mescaline, LSD, ecstasy, and high-end marijuana. Farmers Market, which was named "Adamflowers" when the operation launched, operated on a TOR network of encrypted internet connections and relays crafted prevent websites and digital communications from being traced.



Before his gruesome slaughter, Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik described in a manifesto how he would use the trial against him to gain worldwide attention and spread extreme right-wing ideas. Some 800 journalists followed his trial for the slayings of 77 people, with broadcasters across Europe showing large chunks of the proceedings live. The extensive coverage triggered a debate over whether the media should provide a platform for a man who admits to killing 77 people to promote his intense anti-Islam ideology. A similar argument was put forward by Lippestad, who said his client's testimony is maybe the most important evidence the court needs to decide whether he is sane or not. The 33-year-old killer has admitted to the shootings and the bombing but rejects criminal guilt for the actions because he says he was defending Norway from immigration. He wrote in his manifesto that "patriotic resistance fighters" should use trials "as a platform to further our cause." "The goal for the European resistance fighter is not to win the trial but to present all available evidence ... in order to help generate a maximum amount of sympathizers and supporters," he wrote before the rampage.



The Norwegian anti-Islamic gunman who massacred 77 people has said in court his shooting spree and bomb attack were "sophisticated and spectacular" and that he would do the same thing again.



An Australian jiujitsu champion who took amphetamines to keep going while working 90-hour weeks at his struggling Melbourne gym has been jailed for drug trafficking. Robert Knight, 38, a cousin of Essendon footballer Nathan Lovett-Murray, was jailed with his co-accused Terry Atkinson, 55, on Tuesday over the drug trafficking operation run from his Epping gym in 2009. The Victorian County Court heard Knight, a former jiujitsu champion, began selling drugs to pay for his growing drug habit and as a means to solve his financial difficulties.



A sleepy Air Canada pilot who mistakenly believed his jet was about to crash into a US military plane forced a sudden dive that caused 16 injuries among passengers and crew on a transatlantic flight, a report says. According to the report, the plane's first officer was napping during a rest period aimed at combating pilot fatigue when the captain's report on their position woke him. At the same time, a US Air Force plane was approaching below. That set off cockpit alerts, which the captain mentioned to the first officer. The ''confused and disoriented'' co-pilot at first mistook the planet Venus for the approaching plane, the report said. When he did spot it, he thought it was coming straight at them. He overrode the auto-pilot by forcefully pressing on the control column, pushing the jet into a dive. Fourteen passengers and two flight attendants among the mostly 103 sleeping people aboard slammed into parts of the plane, getting cuts and bruises.



A man linked to the hacker collective Anonymous has been charged with hacking into the websites of police in the state of Utah, then taking credit for the attacks on Twitter, according to a federal indictment. John Anthony Borell III, of Toledo, Ohio, was set for arraignment in federal court in Salt Lake City. The 21-year-old is charged with two counts of computer intrusion in a March 16 federal indictment that was unsealed on Monday. Prosecutors say Borell intruded on the chiefs' website server January 19, then broke into the police department's website January 31. The administrator of the Utah chiefs' website estimates the group spent US $150,000 to mitigate the attack. Borell was arrested March 20 and has been detained in Ohio. Each count carries up to 10 years in prison and a US $250,000 fine. It wasn't immediately clear if Borell had an attorney.




Oracle is trying to convince a jury that Google's top executives have long known that they stole a key piece of technology to build the Android software that now powers more than 300 million smartphones and tablet computers. Oracle is trying to convince a jury that Google's top executives have long known that they stole a key piece of technology to build the Android software that now powers more than more than 300 million smartphones and tablet computers. Oracle is trying to convince a jury that Google's top executives have long known that they stole a key piece of technology to build the Android software that now powers more than more than 300 million smartphones and tablet computers. Oracle cited an October 2005 email from Rubin to Page as an early sign that Google realized it probably would have to pay Sun for using Java in Android. "My proposal is that we take a license that specifically grants the right for us to Open Source our product," Rubin wrote.



A Dutch man who remained a virgin until the age of 34 is now the proud father of 82 children, some of whom are kiwis. New Zealand women who used a 'baby-making' service set up by the Dutch man may not know their children are linked to up to 80 other children worldwide, the Daily Mail newspaper reported. Ed Houben, now aged 42, launched his business after becoming frustrated with his sexless life and had fathered 82 children in just nine years - 45 girls, 35 boys and two unknown. He has another 10 children on the way. His growing "family" of 82 live in Berlin, Holland, Italy, Spain, Belgium, France and New Zealand. The oldest child is nine and the youngest two months old. He runs his baby-making business for free, when sperm banks generally charge thousands of dollars for artificial insemination, the Mail said. The business sees women come to him from across the world or he can go to them if they cover his travel expenses and accommodation. Since the launch of his business he's been getting lucky - he says he sleeps with around 15 childless women a month in a bid to make their quest to become mothers a reality. With a no strings attached policy, he asks his partners to sign documents waiving any legal claim to child support.



A four-month battle through Auckland's real estate auction rooms stretched Gareth Berry's budget from $400,000 to $880,000 before he finally landed his first family home. Mr Berry, a 35-year-old technology entrepreneur, was spurred by the birth of his second child to visit more than 200 open homes and bid on dozens of houses, wading through a crazy housing market that has surged to record highs. "It's nuts out there, and it's not going to change anytime soon," Mr Berry said. "I lost my rag a little bit. Didn't 'lose it' lose it - but at two of the auctions I missed out on, I stormed out in frustration." He first began looking to move out of his two-bedroom Newmarket apartment last year - but the rentals he was interested in were $700 to $900 a week. And finally after paying $880,000 he had his weekends back. "Forget the valuations. Just find the property you want and know how much money you have to spend and just spend it," Mr Berry said.




Some of Mr Berry's losing auctions:


* Onehunga 4 bedrooms
Valuation $520,000
Winning bid: $681,000

* オネハンガ4ベッドルーム

* Onehunga 4 bedrooms
Valuation $650,000
Winning bid: $735,000

* オネハンガ4ベッドルーム

* Mt Albert 4 bedrooms
Valuation: $760,000
Winning bid: $1,340,000

* マウントアルバート4ベッドルーム

His winning bid:


* Mt Albert 3 bedrooms
Valuation: $630,000
Bid: $880,000

* マウントアルバート3ベッドルーム



Pictures published by the British newspaper show the younger sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in the front seat of a convertible as the male driver produces the gun and takes aim to the amusement of another man in the car. French authorities are cracking down on gun crime in the wake of a recent shooting in Tolouse where seven people, were killed, and police are poised to launch an investigation into Saturday's shocking event which could include Pippa's arrest, The Sun reported. "If the evidence points to her involvement, she will be prosecuted," an unnamed source said of Pippa. "Anybody involved in the illegal use of a handgun in public is liable to arrest and interrogation." Even if the gun was found to be fake, punishment for such crimes can include jail time, The Sun said.



Brewer Carlton and United (CUB) is looking for two young Aussies to become snow ambassadors at Victoria resort Falls Creek. As well as possessing advanced snowboarding experience, the eligible candidates need to be "up for having a good time, enjoy having a beer or two, all while making some new mates along the way". The position is open for 11 weeks from the middle of June during which the two successful candidates will be responsible for hosting groups of snow-goers on the slopes. For their trouble they will receive an attractive remuneration package, free accommodation and free beer. The snow ambassadors will also be paid A$200 (NZ$252) a day. Australia's original "Best Job in the World" of ranger on Hamilton Island was offered by Tourism Queensland in 2009 and won by Englishman Ben Southall, who was chosen from a field of 34,000 applicants from 200 countries.



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