ミニヘッドライン 2012/05/27



Kelly and Richard Warriner-Simpson dropped their cat Tequila to CareVets in the Wellington suburb of Johnsonville with a sore eye after a fight with a neighbour's cat. They expected to collect him later that day with antibiotics - but collected his ashes instead. The healthy 7-year-old moggy was wrongly euthanased when the vet grabbed him instead of a similar looking cat in the next cage. The Wellington couple have laid a formal complaint with the Veterinary Council. CareVets Johnsonville practice manager Nick Cooper said they had taken responsibility, apologised and paid for a new pet. The vet was "extremely messed up" and had taken leave, said Cooper.



Police Commissioner Peter Marshall says police did not identify any specific targets ahead of the Urewera raids in 2007. The comment comes after Tame Iti and Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara were on Thursday sentenced to two and a half years in prison on firearms charges stemming from the raids. Two other, Urs Signer and Emily Bailey, were sentenced to nine months home detention. The police raids, in which black-clad armed officers swept through the Ruatoki community in October 2007, have been criticised by Tuhoe locals. Mr Marshall has said he was sorry innocent people were "frightened and inconvenienced" by the raids but said police would not apologise ahead of an Independent Police Conduct Authority report on the incident. He revealed on TVNZ's Q+A programme today that police had no specific targets when they carried out the raids. "I think it's fair to say that there was no particular target or set of targets identified.



A care worker has been convicted of ripping off a 99-year-old woman for tens of thousands of dollars. Fiji-born Ranita Devi, 32, of Papatoetoe, pleaded guilty to 16 counts of obtaining money using a bank card belonging to Emilia Antunovich. Devi first appeared in Auckland District Court last month. At least $76,650 was taken from Antunovich, according to court papers. This month, Devi told the Herald on Sunday she was sorry - and would pay the money back. "I had so many problems. I was really depressed," she said. Devi said her husband had not worked for three years and she was the only breadwinner.



A plumber sent home consignments of stun guns while holidaying in Thailand. Cameron Lowe, 25, was convicted in the Manukau District Court this week after he imported four consignments of 10 stun guns, disguised to look like torches, into New Zealand. Lowe's lawyer said the self-employed plumber thought selling the stun guns would be a way of making "easy money", and was "foolishly tempted" when told plenty of tourists had bought the guns. Three consignments of 10 high-voltage stun guns were intercepted by Customs, and another consignment - which Lowe brought home in his personal luggage - was found at his east Auckland house. Lowe had already sold two stun guns by text messaging potential buyers: "I got heaps of these tasers [sic], if you know anyone that may be interested."



A 20-year-old Malaysian student is facing 48 charges related to objectionable material - including child pornography - and has been ordered to surrender his passport. Shakthinidhi Karananidi has been bailed to a multi-storey apartment building in central Auckland which is home to about 800 other university students. His bail conditions state that he must not access the internet. He appeared in Auckland District Court on Thursday facing a raft of charges alleging he supplied or distributed, exported and possessed objectionable publications. Most of the computer files the charges relate to were image files that had been given a number, but others had names such as babymario13.jpg and babysitting03.jpg. Other file names were too explicit to print.

オークランドに住む20歳のマレーシア人学生がチャイルドポルノを含む48の容疑により訴追されているようです。彼のコンピュータには babymario13.jpg(ベイビーマリオ13.jpg)やbabysitting03.jpg(ベイビーシッティング03.jpg)などの名前が付けられた猥褻な画像が保存されており、なかにはそのものずばりの名前で保存されていたものもあったようです。以前、クライストチャーチの学生が猥褻画像のDVDを持ち込もうとして身柄を確保されていた事件もあり、最近、この手の犯罪は即座に逮捕され起訴されているように思います。もし心当たりのある方、(法廷に立つその前に)さっさと削除したほうが賢明かもしれません。


Police are investigating after a quake-damaged Canterbury holiday home was destroyed in a suspicious fire overnight. Firefighters were called to the blaze in the coastal community of Pines Beach near Kaiapoi, north of Christchurch, about 3am. A Fire Service southern communications spokesman said the house on Batten Grove was well ablaze when they arrived. "The house has been extensively damaged, if not destroyed, but still standing," he said. Fire investigators and police were investigating.



Motorcyclists discovered the bodies while taking part in an off-road charity event in the Waitaki Valley, raising money for Waimate Main School. School principal Adam Rivett said he had heard the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered by two riders in a remote forestry plantation. "It's a very remote area out there and it was a strange place to find them.'' If they hadn't been found, the bodies could have remained there for weeks or more, he said. "It was pretty gross. I think the woman had her throat slit and it was not very nice.''
The charity event had to be shut down as a result. "It's not really what you want to do when you're running a fund raiser,'' he said. The bodies were found about 40 minutes' drive from the Waimate township.



A police spokesman said the family had been fishing off the rocks at Cape Saunders when a 14-year-old fell into the water at about 3.40pm. It appeared his uncle and another person dived in to try to help but then none of them could get out. A rescue helicopter was doing a training exercise nearby so arrived quickly. It winched them from the water and took them to Dunedin Hospital.



The 21-year-old Auckland man developed symptoms of hypothermia after falling in a river near Nelson. The beacon signal was received by the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand at 3.45pm today. A helicopter from Garden City Helicopters, with a paramedic onboard, was directed to Granity Pass Hutt near Mt Owen, and the man and his companion were picked up at approximately 5.15pm and were flown to Nelson. He told rescuers his mother had insisted he buy the beacon. It was the first major trip he had taken since buying it.



Te Puke grower and industry leader Michael Montgomery admitted to ONE News he injected 17 hectares of kiwifruit vines in a bid to save his plants from PSA. As a result Montgomery, who did not want to be interviewed, has been banned from selling tonnes of kiwifruit. He told ONE News he accepts the practice is illegal. PSA has been spreading through the Te Puke region killing vines, and at last count costing the industry nearly $900 million. Antibiotics can be administered to plants in two different ways, one by pushing capsules into drill-holes in the trunk, the other by injecting the plant.



Tower, the insurance company controlled by Guinness Peat Group, appointed Sealord boss Graham Sturt and accountant Stephen Smith to its board. The pair will be independent directors of the company and subsidiary Tower Capital as the insurer undertakes a strategic review that may lead to "partnerships, merger opportunities, acquisitions, divestments and/or a return to capital." Sturt is the chief executive of fishing group Sealord, while Smith is a professional director, and sits on the board of the Crown agency tasked with overseeing the recoveries of failed finance companies backed by the government's retail deposit guarantee.




ASB has upgraded its mobile banking app at the same time it marks 100,000 downloads. ASB Mobile lets customers make payments from smartphone using mobile telephone numbers and email addresses instead of a bank account number. "ASB's Mobile App provides a solution that puts banking straight into our customers' hands, giving them greater control of their money, plus faster and more convenient ways to pay," ASB general manager brand experience & digital channels Anna Curzon said. "The pace of technology change and adoption is such that we are approaching a point where a customer can access a comprehensive range of banking services at their fingertips, without ever having to enter a branch. This includes seamless peer-to-peer (P2P) payments to friends, contacts and tradespeople through a variety different channels," she said.



The Finance Minister is standing by the Government's decision to contract British-based firm Serco to run an Auckland prison. The Guardian newspaper reported that Serco Group, which operates a wide range of outsourced services for the UK government, is under investigation for allegedly providing unsafe out-of-hours GP service. The company was subject to a surprised inspection by the National Health Service in Cornwall last month after whistle-blowers claimed it manipulated results where it failed to meet targets. Appearing on TVNZ's Q+A programme this morning, Minister Bill English said the Government still has confidence in Serco despite the claims. "We've signed a contractual agreement with them, it's a very tight contractual agreement. For the first time it's aiming public money at getting results," English said.



Its spokesperson for Social Development and Children Jacinda Ardern said it is bad news for children and their families. She said all of the key indicators available to the Government point to a crisis for New Zealand kids. She said rates of preventable hospitalisation and infectious skin diseases are up as are child protection notifications, and there are now 270,000 living in poverty. Ms Ardern said the Government needed to act urgently on their behalf, but didn't. She believes it will in fact make life worse for children, with rates of income inequality set to grow and the share of income in the economy going to working people forecast to fall in every year to 2016.




Figures in Thursday's Budget show the superannuation bill will equal total education spending by 2016 - a cost Westpac economists have described as "a fiscal timebomb". The looming cost has sparked renewed calls for the retirement age to be raised from 65 to 67. Mr English ruled that out on TVNZ's Q+A programme this morning. "The Government's position on that has been quite clear going back to 2008, that we wouldn't change the eligibility for national super, and 600,000 people over 65 relied on that undertaking. We are not going to change that." Mr English said talk of raising the retirement age was "a bit of a distraction" and the Government had to get on with growing the economy to meet the rising cost. "You might save $1.25 billion in 15 years time. We have a few issues between now and 2025 that we have to deal with. People can't wait around 15 years."




A damning report into the aged care sector has drawn a raft of support today, with calls for the Government to take up the Human Rights Commission's recommendations. Equal employment opportunities commissioner Dr Judy McGregor went undercover in the elderly care industry, and her report released today slams the sector as a type of modern-day slavery. Nearly all the workers are women, who earn as little as $14 an hour, something McGregor says must change, because in less than 10 years New Zealand will need 70% more workers in an industry that already loses a quarter of its staff a year. While the Government will not commit to any more pay, Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has promised to carefully consider the hard-hitting report. "We've spent or are spending $1.4 billion on the aged care sector and that's been going up around 4% since we came into government in 2008," she said. But workers like O'Reilly said that 50,000 care workers have been fighting for recognition of their hard-earned contribution for years. "It is a hard job for what we do and we need to be recognised for what we do."




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