ミニヘッドライン 2012/06/13



People could be whacked with instant fines for drinking in public and bars may be forced to close earlier, as part of a move to crack down on drunken behaviour in downtown Auckland. Auckland Mayor Len Brown has established a 20 member taskforce to purge drunkenness, violence and anti-social behaviour from the inner city. The taskforce, which will include representatives from the community and business as well as police and council, met for the first time today and agreed on an action plan.


The taskforce's action plan includes:


- voluntary one-way door policies and investigating a broader night bus service

- 強制されないワンウェイドアポリシーで広範囲に夜間運行されるバスを調査する。

- increased community-based patrols, including Maori, Pacific and Asian wardens;

- マオリ、パシフィック、そしてアジア人の監視人を含む地域に密着したパトロールを増強する。

- improved car park lighting and establishing parking limits targeting five 'pre-loading' hot spots;

- 駐車場の照明の改善、そして問題が多くある5つの(荷卸)駐車場を対象とした駐車リミットを設定する。

- instant fines for breaching liquor bans;

- リカーバンの違反において簡易罰金の適用。

- improved on-street management of queues;

- 路上における行列の管理の改善。

- eliminate the sale of single drinks from off-licence outlets;

- (ライセンス販売を持つ)店舗からの時間外の単発のアルコール飲料の販売の撲滅。

- increased visibility of security officers;

- 見えるセキュリティオフィサーの増員。

- Auckland Council's liquor licensing rapid response teams working more closely with NZ police.

- オークランドシティリカーライセンシングが現場で働くチームと密に応答しニュージーランド警察と密接に協力する。


An IT worker who backed his car into a cyclist in a road rage incident on a narrow Wellington road has escaped conviction. Jeremey Glubb was charged with assault using a car as the weapon and dangerous driving after he backed into a cyclist. Glubb had worked in the IT industry for 15 years and currently did consultation work for the Government and other agencies, the court was told. She sentenced him to 150 hours' community work, which he would see out at Red Cross. She also ordered him to pay $1500 in reparation to the cyclist, and was disqualified from driving for eight months.



The annual report of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee has found suicide to be the leading cause of death among pregnant women in New Zealand and women with newborn babies of up to six weeks. A quarter of all maternal deaths in New Zealand in the years 2006 to 2010 were suicide (13 cases). Other common causes were maternal pre-existing medical conditions (11 cases) and amniotic fluid embolism (nine cases). New Zealand's maternal mortality rate is significantly higher than that in the United Kingdom. In terms of perinatal deaths, the report found there were 704 in 2010. These included 211 due to a congenital abnormality, 111 due to pre-term birth, and 78 due to haemorrhage during pregnancy. Professor Farquhar says the report found that 124 (one in five) perinatal deaths and 18 (one in three) maternal deaths were potentially avoidable.



Senior Sergeant Hirone Waretini said staff of the Domino's Pizza on Penrose Rd received a call requesting a delivery to a suspicious address on the evening of June 5. The pizza was not delivered. At 6.40pm two men entered the store carrying what appeared to be guns and began abusing staff about not receiving their order. One of the men jumped the counter and pointed a black pistol at the head of a staff member. The men took an unknown amount of money from the till and ran off towards Waipuna Rd. Waretini said police have not confirmed if the guns were real. The men are described as being in their early to mid 20s, of Maori or Polynesian descent, about 1.7 metres in height, of solid build and wearing dark clothing.



Auckland man Fetongi Malupo has targeted kava groups and South Auckland churches selling fake New Zealand residencies for almost $300. Malupo has also travelled to Tonga to lure in people, claiming to have a contract with the New Zealand Government. However Immigration New Zealand says the contract is a scam and it is investigating the case. "If you don't have a visa from Immigration New Zealand, it's not a legitimate one and if it has been secured by paying money it's just a scam," says Alan Barry of Immigration New Zealand.



More than $78.5 million of unclaimed money is sitting in Government coffers. And all anyone who thinks some of it belongs to them has to do to get it is prove they are among the 211,000 people with a claim. The Inland Revenue Department has records detailing hundreds of thousands of cases of unclaimed money owed to people or organisations, totalling $78,525,760 million, some dating back to 1973. The government department has a list of 18,500 names on its website with the amount owed to them, so people can search for themselves if they think they're owed money.



The price of consumer goods is set to rise following the Government's announcement of a hike in road user charges. Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee said yesterday there would be a 4% increase in road user charges and an increase on the excise duty of petrol by two cents a litre. Shirley said the cost for a truck on a return trip between Auckland and Wellington is currently about around $900. The increases announced yesterday put that up by $34 to $35. "The think-end of a $1000 tax is paid by one truck doing one trip."



This afternoon Gull cut prices for regular unleaded petrol to under $2 per lite - but only at its unmanned North Island sites in Auckland, Hamilton, Ngatea, Whakamarama, Taupo, Palmerston North and Levin. It followed this morning's move by BP who cut 3 cents from the price of 91, taking the price at sites controlled by the company to $2.059. Diesel prices were cut 2c to $1.459. Retail prices have now fallen 14c in less than a month, from a recent high of $2.199.



Core retail and supermarket sales figures for the March quarter were not as severe as previously reported, Statistics New Zealand said today. Core retail sales volumes fell 1.4 per cent between December 2011 and March this year, not 2.5 per cent, which would have been the worst figure for 17 years. By value they fell 1 per cent instead of 2 per cent. The sticking point was the supermarket sales volumes, which were previously thought to have fallen a record 7.4 per cent compared to the previous quarter. After the revision, they fell 3.9 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis. Supermarket sales by value dropped 3.1 per cent instead of 6.2 per cent.



One Christchurch property manager believes rent prices have hit a winter ceiling, but could rise again in spring. The average rental prices, in the main, crept up just under $10 each in both March and April compared with the same months in 2011. However, in May the rise took a sharper turn with the average for a three-bedroom home in most suburbs now between $340 and $380 a week. The report gives averages for Christchurch suburbs, but not for the city overall.



The housing market has taken off as rock-bottom interest rates send investors and first home-buyers competing for a limited number of property listings. And an economist has warned people against taking on unsustainable debt as mortgage rates as low as 4.75 per cent spur renters to buy their first homes. Data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand shows 7175 unconditional sales in May - an increase of 26.4 per cent compared to April. Sales across New Zealand were up 24.4 per cent compared to May last year, with Auckland's sales volume increasing 27.6 per cent over the same period. QV Auckland valuer Glenda Whitehead said in central Auckland the market was predominantly in the $700,000 plus bracket. In west or southwest Auckland demand was strong from buyers with around $400,000 to spend.



The Hamilton City Council yesterday decided to ask Westfield Chartwell and The Base to let parking wardens check vehicles in their car parks for warrants of fitness and registrations in their carparks - as they do in council-owned carpark buildings. Councillor Dave Macpherson said the move would promote road safety and close a loophole, as some drivers had told him they parked at The Base because they knew they wouldn't be ticketed. Tainui Group Holdings and Westfield Chartwell said they would be open to hearing the council's proposal although their carparks were private. "We appreciate that vehicles need to be roadworthy for the safety of the occupant[s] and for others on the road however, it is not our place to police or monitor this."



Labour's ACC spokesperson Andrew Little said the resignation of chief executive Ralph Stewart and board chair John Judge were evidence of "utter chaos" at the corporation. He called for Prime Minister John Key to "relieve" Collins of her portfolio, but Collins said Little was being "desperate". "The other day I heard him [Little] calling for the chair to go, well the chair's gone. I've heard him calling for the CEO to go, well he's gone. He called for my colleague Dr Nick Smith to resign, he resigned. It actually has to stop, this silly nonsense from Mr Little." Collins said she would not be apologising for anything she has said regarding privacy breaches at the corporation.



Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce is being called "extraordinarily arrogant" for his response to an auditor-general led investigation into the controversial SkyCity convention centre deal. The process has been heavily criticised by the opposition since it was revealed that SkyCity agreed to build the $350 million convention centre near its Auckland casino in exchange for a law change which will allow it to have more pokie machines. But Joyce said the investigation will not affect negotiations with SkyCity and the Government has nothing to fear from the probe. Shearer said Key is effectively "selling a law" to SkyCity in return for the convention centre. "John Key's fingerprints are all over this shonky deal. The cosy arrangement between him and SkyCity was dodgy from the very beginning," he said.



Prime Minister John Key and Finance Minister Bill English remain adamant that the pension age will not be addressed on their watch. Mr English said yesterday the issue of a rise in the age of eligibility was "a matter for a future government". "New Zealand has just had a 30-year debate about retirement income." It had settled on a universal pension, which not many other countries had, KiwiSaver, which comprised personal and government funds, and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. Mr Key has said he would resign from Parliament before increasing the age of eligibility.



Tens of thousands of Russians marched through Moscow amid a stream of banners demanding President Vladimir Putin step down and challenging new laws designed to curb protest against his strongly centralised rule. Protesters chanting "Russia without Putin!" and "Putin is a thief!" moved in pouring rain down a central boulevard and packed a square in the first big opposition rally since the former KGB officer's return to the Kremlin for a six-year term on May 7. "We propose to rid the country of this usurper who wants to rob us and rule for life," former deputy premier Boris Nemtsov told the crowd, repeating accusations that Putin, still unrivalled in popularity by any opposition figure, had 'stolen' March presidential elections by fraud.



Diesel engine exhaust fumes cause cancer in humans and belong in the same potentially deadly category as asbestos, arsenic and mustard gas, World Health Organisation (WHO) experts say. The experts, who said their decision was unanimous and based on "compelling" scientific evidence, urged people across the world to reduce their exposure to diesel fumes as much as possible. In an announcement likely to cause consternation among car and truck makers, the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO, reclassified diesel exhausts from its group 2A of probable carcinogens to its group 1 of substances that have definite links to cancer.




Six of the world's 30 most pricey cities for expats are in Australia, a survey has found. Sydney has claimed the title of Australia's most expensive city for expatriates, narrowly missing the top 10 globally but coming in 11th in the latest Mercer cost-of-living survey. The home of the Opera House was followed closely by Melbourne at 15th most expensive and Perth sneaking in the top 20 at 19th. All rose from their ranking the previous year, with Perth climbing 11 spots from number 30. It compared the cost of more than 200 items including transport, food and housing across 214 cities globally, using New York as its basis. Canberra came in as the fourth most expensive of the six Australian cities surveyed, jumping 11 places from 23 the previous year, while Brisbane rose seven spots to take 24th place. But it was Australia's city of churches, Adelaide, that increased it's relative costliness the most, rising 19 places from 46 to 27th spot. Auckland and Wellington both jumped 62 places to come in as 56th and 74th most expensive cities, respectively.



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