ミニヘッドライン 2012/04/24



Police prosecutor Caoin Macey said that at about 3.30pm on September 5 last year, Morehu was driving an empty logging truck south on Reid Rd between Taneatua and Ruatoki in Bay of Plenty. "The weather was fine and the traffic was light. The driver was heading home after starting work at 4am. "Also travelling south on Reid Rd at this time was a school bus containing 47 school children between the ages of five and 17. The bus was pulling left to drop off a high school student and was travelling approximately 20km/h. It was hit from the left from behind by the logging truck . . . There was no evidence the driver had swerved or braked heavily prior to impact.'' Mr Macey said the impact shunted the school bus 80 metres off the road and through a fence and was damaged extensively. A total of 35 children were treated at Whakatane Hospital, with a 6 and 8-year-old were transferred to Rotorua Hospital. The 8-year-old was later taken to Starship Children's Hospital with serious injuries. Mr Macey said a blood sample taken at the time of the crash showed no alcohol in Morehu's system, although there were traces of cannabis. After entering guilty pleas to all four charges, Morehu's lawyer Miharo Armstrong asked Judge Wolff for his sentence to be deferred until July 4 for restorative justice to take place between Morehu and the victims of the crash.



In an open letter on her Facebook page, Rebekah Galbraith said she was kicked out of Public on Courtenay Place in the central city at 2.50am on Sunday when a male staff member spotted her kissing her girlfriend Jennie Leadbeater goodbye. The man walked over and told them they would need to leave immediately, saying the move was an order from his bosses, Ms Galbraith said. "He excluded us on the basis of our sexuality, I truly believe that. Public owner Gina Mills today invited media to watch CCTV footage of the incident. 3 News reported tonight that after its reporter watched the footage the complaint was withdrawn. Yesterday Ms Mills said the staff member did not discriminate against the couple because of their sexuality and Ms Galbraith and Ms Leadbeater had been behaving inappropriately.



Dunedin police are investigating "unusual" circumstances surrounding the death of a woman, believed to be Karitane 36-year-old Grace Gardner. The body of a 36-year-old woman was found at a Karitane house about 6am today. Police have yet to formally identify the body. Detective Senior Sergeant John Ferguson said police were investigating the "unexplained" death on behalf of the coroner. "The circumstances in which she was found were unusual," he said.



The suggested price hikes on cigarettes could increase crime rates, a Timaru dairy owner fears. Paddy Patel, who co-owns two dairies, is worried the possible price increase will cause a range of problems for suppliers, including a rise in thefts. He already keeps the cigarette display cabinet at his North Street store locked at all times to limit the risk of people stealing, following numerous attempts. Patel said the idea would put him and his staff at risk because shoplifting would "no doubt" become a problem. "I'm very, very confident that will happen. "In North Street we are keeping the cabinet covered and if a customer comes in we'll open it up." However, Timaru police officer Sergeant Geoff McCrostie said it was unlikely the price hike would increase the number of cigarette thefts. "The people that do that sort of offending are in the small minority. There's a lot of other people that are going to be affected by the price rise that are never going to turn their thoughts to committing criminal offences in order to maintain their smoking habit."



An award-winning Auckland restaurant has been forced to close after failing to meet rent payments of than $60,000, but some some landlords are making unrealistic demands, say industry representatives. Long-time Parnell institution Iguacu Restaurant and Bar closed it doors for the last time this month after more than a decade in business after defaulting on rent payments for two months. It is the second well-known restaurant that rose in popularity in the 1990s to shut amid a tough business climate, following the closure of Cin Cin on Quay in February. Iguacu has won a series of awards. It was twice-voted Best New Zealand Restaurant and was winner of Best Auckland Restaurant for the last four years. However the business simply couldn't afford to continue to meet crippling rent costs in a industry suffering the economic downturn, said restaurant spokesman, operations manager Phil Houston.

パーネルにあるイグアスレストランアンドバー(Iguacu Restaurant and Bar)が2か月分のレントを滞納したことから閉店することが明らかになっているようです。滞納していたレント代は6万ドル(なので、年間36万ドルのレントのようです)。このイグアスレストランアンドバーはいくつもの賞を獲得しているオークランドで有名なレストランのひとつで、2度のベストニュージーランドレストランを、そして過去4年間もベストオークランドレストランとして名を馳せていたようです。2月に閉店したキーストリートのシンシンに続く、優良レストランがオークランドから姿を消すことになっています。一度行ってみようと思っていたので、ちょっと残念です。


A "highly regarded" Bay of Plenty teacher who claimed $13,065 in benefits while working has been sentenced to 100 hours' community work and faces deregistration. Jocelyn Nawa Gillespie, 39, from Ruatoki, was sentenced in Rotorua District Court yesterday after previously pleading guilty to one charge of wilfully omitting to tell Work and Income she was employed and two charges of making a false statement. Gillespie has applied for teaching positions in Rotorua and Rotoiti. She will be referred to the Teachers Council which will decide whether she can continue teaching.



Auckland's Legionnaire's disease outbreak continues to spread. Three new cases were notified over the weekend, bringing the total over the past nine weeks to 15, with one death. The average is usually between zero and one case for a typical month. Auckland Council is working with building owners to ensure no cooling tower in the region is able to harbour harmful legionella bacteria. Spokesman Ian McCormick said it was not yet known if the cases are linked.



A police officer who misled superiors over the extent of unresolved child abuse cases in the Wairarapa is being allowed to keep his job. Then head of the Masterton CIB, Detective Senior Sergeant Mark McHattie, claimed in 2006 that there were just 29 unresolved cases out of 142 files. But that was later found to be incorrect, with a large number of the files closed over a two-day period and others filed incorrectly or inappropriately resolved. Former Police Commissioner Howard Broad described the case as a "sad chapter" and "a failure by the police" following the release of an Independent Police Conduct Authority report last year. Subsequent investigations found police had not investigated dozens of other child abuse cases around the country.



The Asia New Zealand Foundation said today Asian business graduates can help Kiwi companies build links with international markets but the country could miss out on this, as well as dent its reputation, if the graduates leave with negative memories. Terry McGrath, a Massey University researcher, said New Zealand has gained kudos for past agreements with Asia but it has "long since gone". "Now that we are treating the students coming in as clients, as customers, they are asking the question, 'are they getting value from us?'" he said. Asia New Zealand said the Government needs to create policies that give Asian graduates information about pathways from study to work, and flexible visa applications.




AA records show prices of 91 octane rose 45 per cent from $1.52 a litre in mid-April 2007 to $2.20 a litre today. Household incomes increased by about 15 per cent over the same period. The Family Budgeting Services Federation and Citizens Advice Bureaux say an increasing number of people are going without healthy food to meet essential costs such as petrol. Family Budgeting head Raewyn Fox said lower-income families were often reliant on their cars, which were often older and less fuel efficient, "to get to work at funny shift hours across town where transport routes don't go. And particularly families where mum's got little kids, and she's trying to go back to work. "Since the recession incomes haven't gone up considerably. That's one of the biggest factors. And a lot of people have virtually had no pay increases, even to cope with inflation." When budgets were squeezed, items such as fresh fruit and vegetables were often first to go, she said. "That's usually one of the only discretionary things. Your rent is set, you have to pay your power bills, your phone bills - the only thing that can be changed is food."



Ansell said he wants a "colour-blind state", and that most Maori agree with him. But Harawira, the Mana Party leader, said: "You scratch the surface of their society and there is deep-seated racism just beneath. Until those things are resolved a colour-blind state is a waste of time." Morgan Godfrey, who commentates on Maori issues, told the programme race is always a toxic subject. Godfrey said the Popata and his brother occupy the extreme end of the Maori nationalist movement. "I don't think it's particularly indicative of what most Maori think," he said. He said their style of politics is over and Maori are now making progress in Parliament and in Government departments. But Harawira said that until inequalities in housing, imprisonment, education and employment are addressed then Maori have every right to protest against the state.




The New Zealand Historic Places Trust has called for an "immediate pause" to the deconstruction of the ChristChurch Cathedral, saying more of the building can be preserved than the Anglican Church claims. It comes after work demolishing the iconic building's badly damaged spire began this week, with a crane tentatively dismantling the masonry structure. The Anglican Church announced in March the building would be deconstructed down to 2-3m, as the building is not safe and repair work is cost-prohibitive. However opponents of the move, including New Zealand and international seismic engineers, believe the building can be safely restored for around $30 million. A online petition set up last week calling for the cathedral to be saved has more than 1000 signatures. Bishop Victoria Matthews told Fairfax Media on Saturday she would be happy to meet with opponents to discuss their concerns, but stood by the decision.



The rate of inflation in Australia shrank to its lowest level in more than two years in the 12 months to March, boosting the chances of an interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) when its board meets next Tuesday. The consumer price index (CPI) rose by just 0.1% in the March quarter, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said today. This resulted in the annual inflation rate tumbling to 1.6% in the year to end-March, below the RBA's two to three percent target band. This was down from 3.1% at the end of the December quarter as the impact of last year's natural disaster-induced price spike finally washed through the economy.



EnviroWaste Services, New Zealand's second-biggest waste management company, is for sale and its owner - Australia's Ironbridge Capital - is considering exiting through an initial public offer, a financial market source said yesterday. The source said investment banks Macquarie, First NZ and UBS made their sales pitches to Ironbridge a fortnight ago and that an announcement on who would advise the Sydney-based private equity investment company on the sale process would be made shortly. "It is likely that the sale process will start in May," the source said. Ironbridge originally paid $365 million in December 2006 for EnviroWaste but the company later sold an asset in Canterbury to its competitor, Australia's Transpacific Industries. EnviroWaste was one of two large transactions made by Ironbridge just before the global financial crisis. The second was MediaWorks, whose assets include TV3, RadioLive and More FM, which cost $741 million in a leveraged buyout in 2007.



Parliament's Finance and Expenditure Committee is today hearing submissions on the Mixed Ownership Model bill which paves the way for the sale of up to 49 per cent of shares in Mighty River, Genesis Power, and Meridian Energy, and coal company Solid Energy. Submitting on behalf of Grey Power and the Domestic Energy Users Group, Mrs Melhuish told the committee she'd attended at least two public meetings where Prime Minister John Key said privatisation would have no effect on power prices. "I challenged that and he said "you're wrong"." But Mrs Melhuish presented data she said proved that on average domestic customers of privately owned electricity companies paid about $265 more than those of state owned companies each year. He said the policy was a threat to New Zealand's move towards high levels of renewable electricity generation and the legislation did not provide any protection against the sale of individual assets such as dams by the companies. Another young submitter Leo Hyde also criticised the legislation on the grounds that most New Zealanders could not afford to buy shares in the companies. With a student loan of $40,000 "me and my friends wouldn't have jack to invest in them".



Dealers say they will no longer be able to sell cheap cars through online auctions because of changes to consumer laws. Currently any car that is purchased through a genuine competitive online auction has no protection under the Consumer Guarantees Act. But under the new proposal, a vehicle purchased from a registered trader will have have full protection. The body representing traders says the proposals are not affordable when selling cheaper cars. "There won't be enough margin in a $2000-$3000 car anymore to provide that sort of back up," said Ian Stronach from the Motor Trade Association. "Repairs are very expensive, they can sometimes cost thousands of dollars. On a low price vehicle they will just have to say to the customer 'I'm sorry I can't offer you a reasonable trade'." Stronach says as a result, buyers will miss out on cheaper options.



Following advice from the State Services Commission, the Government today confirmed that the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment would be established on July 1. The new ministry merges the Ministry of Economic Development and Ministry of Science and Innovation, as well as the Department of Building and Housing and Department of Labour, and will be under the control of Economic Development Minister Stephen Joyce. Speaking to reporters this morning, Mr Joyce said it was hard to assess the number of jobs that would be cut, although it was likely to be in the realm of 130. "Until you've done the design of each individual part of the agency you don't actually know how many positions you need, and in what area.'' However, Mr Joyce said the rough indication was that between 50 and 55 people would lose jobs. In addition, 84 vacant positions across the agencies would not be filled.



Foreign Policy magazine has placed the former Labour leader, who now heads the United Nation's Development Programme, on the top of list of 25 women who are "running the world", but are less well known than the "Angela Merkels and Dilma Rousseffs" of the world. "As New Zealand's prime minister, Helen Clark oversaw a decade of economic growth and won three straight terms in her post after a long career as a Labour Party legislator and cabinet minister. Less than a year after losing the 2008 General Election, Clark took charge of the UN Development Programme, the first woman to lead the organisation.



Local youth gangs terrorising a south Auckland primary school are targeting and influencing children as young as 8-years-old, a social worker says. Moses Faleolo has done three years of in-depth interviews with dozens of youth gang members in south Auckland and he is warning of a ticking time bomb. "A lot of the kids that I spoke to were already influenced by gangs as young as eight, definitely around the end of the primary schooling," the researcher and social worker told ONE News. Tina Voordouw, Rongomai School's principal told ONE News: "We have found in our community that with the drugs and the crime and the gangs that our children are sometimes at risk. "There are drugs out there, people come willing to sell them at the school gatem, which is just devastating for us and so we have to provide a safe environment." A local woman told ONE News she is worried about the safety of the children at the primary school as the barbed wire fences are not working. "They clip wires. They jump over the fence. I could give you a whole list of what they do. It really does affect the kids," she said.



New Zealand's suicide rate declined slightly from 2008 to 2009, but the Mental Health Foundation and the Associate Health Minister agree there is still more work to be done. The Ministry of Health has released its statistical report Suicide Facts: Deaths and intentional self-harm hospitalisations 2009, the most recent year available. In total, 506 people died by suicide in New Zealand in 2009 - or 11.2 people per 100,000, down from 11.8 per 100,000 the year before. Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said the 2009 rates were 25.5 percent below the peak rate in 1998. "The declining rate is very encouraging, however, while we are clearly making progress there is still much to do because of the harm and anguish suicide causes for families and communities," Mr Dunne said. "Preventing suicide is everyone's responsibility." Youth suicides have dropped from 44.1 per 100,000 in 1995 to 29 per 100,000 in 2009, however New Zealand's youth suicide rate remains the highest in the OECD.



Global market research firm TNS surveyed people in 58 countries, including New Zealand, about the behaviours and motivations of mobile users. It found that in the past 12 months, New Zealanders had increased their use of smartphones. Those leading the charge were aged 31-40, with Almost half of people in that age category owning a smart phone. Those aged 22-30 followed closely behind. It also found there were 5,020,000 mobiles in New Zealand. The population is 4,433,087. TNS New Zealand director David Thomas said New Zealanders across all demographics were also becoming more willing to spend more on their next device. TNS surveyed 48,000 people in 58 countries.



Research from the University of Otago's long-running Christchurch Health and Development Study throws new light on a current issue - links between family income and other outcomes later in life such as health and educational achievement. The study, by Dr Sheree Gibb and colleagues, just published in Social Science and Medicine investigated the impacts of family poverty on children up to the age of 10 years and how this is reflected in later life. It revealed the link between children's temperament and future compulsive gambling. The scientists found children who lacked behavioural and emotional control in 90-minute assessments taken as part of the study were twice as likely to develop a compulsive gambling problem by ages 21 and 32. "Many questions remain to be addressed in future research, including the intriguing question of whether enhancing self-control and emotional regulation may help in redirecting some individuals who may be on a pathway to developing a gambling problem." Toddlers who exhibited a lack of emotional control were also more prone to poor physical health, criminality and alcohol and other substance abuse, the study said.



New Zealanders' exodus to Australia continued in March as more kiwis look across the Tasman for a better quality of life, even as the so-called 'lucky country' looks vulnerable to an economic slowdown. Some 5,000 departures in the month of March left - a net loss across the Tasman of 3,928 last month, according to Statistics New Zealand. That took the annual net loss to a record 39,456, with 53,237 departures in the year ended March 31. That's continued a trend of record annual outflows to Australia since November 2011, the department said. The overall loss of migrants in March was 1,300 for an annual outflow of 3,400. That annual figure was made up of 84,400 arrivals and 87,800 departures. On a seasonally adjusted basis, there was a net gain of 130 migrants in March, the second monthly gain since the February earthquake last year. That was bolstered by new migrants from India, China and the Philippines.



An Australian tourism boss has renewed calls for passport-free 'ANZAC express paths' to be established between New Zealand and Australia. Travellers would only need photo ID to travel between the two countries, similar to domestic-travel arrangements. The concept first arose in 2009 when former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and John Key agreed to make the creation of a common border a priority. However, Australian Tourism and Transport Forum chief executive John Lee said little progress has been made and he is calling for Julia Gillard and Key to revive the ANZAC express pathway plan. Spending by foreign visitors was estimated to have fallen to $2.63 billion in February, the lowest monthly figure since December 2007.




A new fantasy-based computer game could be the answer in helping to treat teen depression, a leading professor in youth psychiatry says. Sparx, a fantasy computer game, has been developed as self-help therapy for young people with symptoms of depression. "We've taken cognitive behavioural therapy, which is one of the mainstays of treatment for depression, and put it into an interactive fantasy-based game," Sally Merry, the senior lecturer of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Auckland, told TV ONE's Breakfast this morning. "Everything that a therapist would do, we tried to turn into something that you could play." "It works as well as the treatment that young people usually get in New Zealand," Merry said. "That's very important because 80% of kids with depression never get help."



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