ミニヘッドライン 2012/05/16



A tradesman allegedly caught by TV3 cameras committing an indecent act at a customer's home was granted name suppression when he appeared in court today. The carpet cleaner at the centre of a hidden camera sting by the Target consumer affairs show appeared in Manukau District Court this morning on charges of burglary and wilfully accessing a computer. He was bailed to reappear on June 6, TV3 reported. More charges could follow. The Target episode, which aired last night, appeared to show the man going through the drawers of a Target actor posing as a customer, looking at her personal photos, rifling through her laundry bag and sniffing her underwear. The man then appeared to switch on a computer where he allegedly accessed pornography before masturbating into the woman's underwear, which he then returned to her laundry basket.



A police officer has quit amid allegations he stole sunglasses from Christchurch's red-zone. A police spokesman confirmed the officer resigned late last year after being investigated for theft in the aftermath of the February 22, 2011 earthquake in Christchurch. It was alleged three sets of sunglasses were taken from a cordoned-off suburban shop by the North Island police constable. Assistant commissioner south Dave Cliff said the matter was investigated as soon as it was brought to police notice. An inquiry was conducted by senior police investigators and the constable was suspended once evidence of his involvement emerged. But, he did not admit the theft of the sunglasses.



A contractor has been jailed for two years for stealing goods worth almost $40,000 while working in Christchurch's earthquake-torn red zone, the Christchurch Court News website reported. Early last month Victor Tupotahi Jackson, 38, pleaded guilty to four theft charges alleging theft of goods totalling about $23,000. He appeared for sentencing today in the Christchurch District Court, where he was also ordered to pay $6000 reparations and $600 in shipping costs to return the recovered goods, the website said.



Waikato SPCA is calling for a mandatory night-time curfew for cats. It is asking the Hamilton City Council to bring in a bylaw to force cat owners to keep their pets in their properties between dusk and dawn to prevent them mating.The proposal is being described by cat lovers as "ridiculous". The SPCA branch also wants people who own more than four cats to require permits, and for cats aged under eight to be microchipped and registered. It says the moves would address one of the most serious animal welfare issues - an overpopulation of cats.



Meanwhile, a lightning storm forced an Air New Zealand plane to return to Auckland. Air New Zealand confirmed to ONE News that flight NZ445 encountered lightning on a flight between Auckland and Wellington this afternoon. The aircraft returned to Auckland as a precaution and an initial check did not reveal any damage. Yesterday an Air New Zealand flight was hit by lightning while flying across the Tasman.



The Commerce Commission has approved Sky's Igloo venture with Television New Zealand. The antitrust regulator decided Sky and TVNZ's Igloo joint venture, which will offer user-pays and free-to-air content over Sky TV's spectrum and may be open to using ultra-fast broadband in the future, will make little difference to the level of competition in the pay-TV market. Sky invested $12.75 million for its 51% share in Igloo while TVNZ invested $12.25 million for the remaining 49% of the low-cost pay-TV platform. The platform is forecast to attract 7,000 subscribers at June 30, 2012 and 50,000 subscribers at June 30, 2013.



Thousands of Xtra emails have not been sent after two incidents affected the internet service provider in 10 days. Last week, two of three Xtra routers were blacklisted by spam-blocking system Sorbs, meaning thousands of customers experienced outgoing mail delays. Telecom social media manager Richard Irvine said this had been resolved. However, due to a "technical issue'' there had been intermittent delays in email delivery since yesterday morning. Mr Irvine said he could not expand on what the issue was.



The euro crisis pushed New Zealand and Australian government 10-year bond yields to all-time lows yesterday as demand for higher-yielding safe haven investments soared in the wake of more fears about Europe. AMP Capital fixed income portfolio manager Warren Potter said concerns about Greece and its possible exit from the eurozone were driving investors to government bonds and because yields were so low in America, investors were looking to Australia and New Zealand where the Governments remained stable and yields were higher. "The weight of money means rates are falling. It has been ongoing for some time." The pressure was particularly on in Australia, where the number of government bonds on issue was expected to drop as the country returned to surplus, putting further pressure on the supply and demand ratio. Potter said he would not rule out rates going even lower. "If things do deteriorate in Europe interest rates will deteriorate further." However, if issues around Greece were resolved there could also be some relief and yields could go higher. "It's a difficult time in terms of picking where things are going. We are relying on political decisions on the other side of the world."



The Warehouse is celebrating its 30th birthday today with a major facelift for its stores. The popular discount chain has gone from a single store in Auckland's Wairau Road to 89 stores throughout the country. It is planning a three-week celebration of its three decades in business but the mood will be tempered a little by a flat retailing environment that has seen it struggle in recent years. The company, founded by Sir Stephen Tindall, is looking forward and planning a massive investment in modernising its stores, putting more staff on the floor and greatly increasing its online efforts. "The business is in good hands as it moves into its next decade," Sir Stephen said.



Fonterra's GDT-TWI Price Index fell 6.4 per cent against the last sale two weeks ago, with the average winning price coming in at US$2618 ($3402) a metric tonne - 41 per cent lower than the 2011 peak. The biggest price drop came from the anhydrous milk fat product category, which fell 11.9 per cent, followed by an 8.9 per cent decline in whole milk powder, and a 5.4 per cent fall in skim milk powder. Fonterra is expected to announce the first forecast for the season beginning July 1 at its board meeting next week and BNZ economist Craig Ebert thinks it will "have a 5 in front of it". "We wonder if it will be in the low 5s than the high 5s. We thought it might be around $5.80 but now the downside risk is stronger.

2週間前にフォンテラのGDT-TWIプライスインデックスが6.4%下落し、2011年のピーク時と比較すると1トン当たりUS$2618 (NZ$3402)を記録、41%ほど下げているようです。また、ミルクファットプロダクトは11.9%の下落、ホールミルクパウダーでは8.9%、スキムミルクパウダーでは5.4%も下落していたようです。先日、ミルクを増産するため乳牛を増やすことが報じられていましたが、この価格の下落がその計画に少なからず影響を及ぼすかもしれません。


Finance Minister Bill English may hike the excise on tobacco and alcohol and further tighten rules on property investment to help bridge the $640 million shortfall in his pledge to return to budget surplus in 2015. Treasury forecasts for next Thursday's Budget were found to be predicting a $640 million deficit at June 15, thanks largely to a declining tax take, a drop in investment returns, and weak economic growth. Prime Minister John Key has already warned Cabinet will tighten the tax system and prune government spending in the budget next week. Subsidised prescription charges are also to rise from $3 to $5, and the rate of repayment for student loans will be quickened in two pre-Budget announcements that have already been made. "I think we will see some sin taxes rise - alcohol and cigarettes - these sorts of things," said Cameron Bagrie, chief economist at ANZ National. "Generally speaking the government is keen on tax systems that drive economic incentives."



Education Minister Hekia Parata this morning announced the schools funding formula would change, with the student ratios in the mid-years of education changed. Instead of the existing range of anywhere between one to 23 up to one to 29, there would be a single ratio of one to 27.5, in a change that would save about $43m per year. Parata said about 90 per cent of schools would either gain or have a net loss of less than one full time equivalent teacher as a result of the combined effect of the changes. "These more consistent ratios will give schools greater certainty over their resourcing from year to year,'' she said. A new ''appraisal system'' for teachers would also be developed, she said. ''Performance pay is but one of a basket of options to reward and recognise that," Parata said.



New Zealand's embassy in Sweden is being shut down, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says. The news follows weeks of anguish from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade staff about proposed restructuring. The Stockholm embassy was opened in 2008 by the then Labour government and downsized by National shortly after it was elected last term. McCully said the closure was part of $10 million in savings across MFAT's European posts. New Zealand had a good relationship with Sweden and it was not always necessary to have diplomatic representation to maintain that, he said.



General Motors said today it will stop advertising on Facebook, even as the social networking website prepares to go public. While GM gave no specific reason for dropping Facebook ads, a source familiar with the automaker's plans said the company's marketing executives decided Facebook's ads had little impact on consumers. While GM's decision could be an exception in the advertising world, it marked the first highly visible crack in the Facebook strategy, said Brian Wieser, Internet and media analyst at Pivotal Research Group.




In what would be a major breakthrough, Pakistan and the United States appear to be on the verge of clinching an agreement to reopen ground supply lines into Afghanistan, a US official said, as Pakistan confirmed its president will attend a summit of NATO leaders this weekend in Chicago. Ties between the United States and Pakistan have been severely strained over the past year, fuelling speculation Islamabad might be excluded from the high-level NATO talks on Afghanistan's future because of the failure to reach an agreement on the supply lines, which have been shut for months. Pakistan closed down the supply lines for the Afghan war effort following the NATO air strike in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. That strike fanned national anger over everything from covert CIA drone strikes to the US incursion into Pakistani territory last year to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.



The former Auckland security guard moved to the mining town of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to start a new life and fulfil his dream of owning his own home and providing a better future for his three children aged 3, 8 and 12. Now employed in a job that pays more than $30 an hour transporting concrete to the mines, the 33-year-old said he was on track to buy his first home in time for his wife and children to join him in December. "You can get a three-bedroom for under $250,000 here, and for once I am able to save for a down payment." "Life here is 10 notches up, and my only regret is that I did not make the move earlier." More than 400,000 New Zealanders live in Australia, and the exodus is tipped to continue. Mr Walesby moved to Australia in 1999 to further his soil and crop business. "There are housing problems here and costs associated with getting mining jobs, and a lot of people are on the breadline and homeless." The Brisbane Courier Mail says up to 87 struggling families or singles are competing for every public housing property that become available there. "Skyrocketing rental prices in mining communities are forcing local battlers on to the state's social housing waiting list," the report says. Tony Rameka, 36, who moved to Perth in 2006, said life had been hard - and made even harder by the fact that as a New Zealand citizen he did not have access to the benefits Australians get. "Unlike New Zealand, there was no safety net, and I had to turn to busking to get money for my meals when I went through a long period of unemployment." Jobs are also drying up on the Sunshine Coast, where the local daily reported that nearly 600 people had applied for two office jobs.



Snow fell on high hills in Dunedin overnight as a cold southwest flow spreads over the country. MetService forcasted the cold snap to last until the end of the week, with snow expected on the hills again on Friday. Queenstown is also expect to see snow today with a high of seven degrees celsius.



Kim Dotcom's head of security told his boss that John Banks asked for a political donation and said he would be a "very good friend" once he was back in Parliament, according to an email. The email also states that Mr Banks suggested Dotcom's staff met Prime Minister John Key personally to try to smooth the red tape around his mansion purchase. The email was written to Dotcom by his head of security, Wayne Tempero, on July 30 just after taking a call from Mr Banks. It comes amid a police investigation into three political donations made to Mr Banks' 2010 mayoral campaign. The three anonymous donations included one from Dotcom, who said he made a $50,000 donation to the campaign split into two payments at the request of Mr Banks, who says he followed the law. Dotcom, under house arrest resisting extradition to the US on internet piracy charges he denies, has also offered an explanation why he decided to release information which proved so damaging for Mr Banks. Mr Tempero, who has acted as a bodyguard for David Beckham and Michael Jackson, wrote to Dotcom: "I just had a call from John Banks about asking you for a small donation for the Act Party which he is standing for government this year."



ACT leader John Banks has admitted he received a $1000 gift basket from internet tycoon Kim Dotcom, which should have been declared under parliamentary rules. Banks, the lone ACT MP in government, received the basket during a stay at the Grant Hyatt hotel in Hong Kong during 2011, according to a New Zealand Herald story today. In reply, he sent Dotcom a note thanking him for his hospitality, saying he enjoyed his stay. Cabinet rules require members of Parliament to disclose to the Registrar of Pecuniary Interests any gift accepted worth more than $500. This declaration includes hospitality and donations in cash or kind. Tonight 3News reported Banks did not declare the gift, but would now do so, making it a late declaration.



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