ミニヘッドライン 2012/06/19



An Opotiki policeman says he was shocked to find that a woman he had stopped for drink-driving had a baby on her lap and two other preschool children unrestrained in her car. Acting on information received from a member of the public, police stopped the 24-year-old woman in Opotiki about 9.30am on Friday. She recorded a breath alcohol reading of 780 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath - nearly twice the legal limit, Senior Constable Doug Henry said. She was also found to have been a disqualified driver, so her car was impounded. Henry estimated the baby was eight to nine months old.



A 13-year-old Picton girl called the police after being assaulted by her mother for refusing to hand over her Ritalin pills so her mother and friends could take them and continue partying. The girl's mother was sentenced in Blenheim District Court yesterday to three months' home detention and nine months' supervision for the assault, as well as an assault on her 11-year-old daughter. She was also convicted and discharged for leaving her four children, aged 13 and under, at home without reasonable supervision. She had previously admitted the charges.



Police investigating the sudden death of a popular pizza shop owner in the Waikato town of Paeroa are looking at a possible link with two armed robberies. "The pizza man" Jordan Voudouris was found dead near the end of his driveway leading to Hall St behind his popular Mykonos Pizza and Pasta takeaway where he also lived. It is understood the shopkeeper next door found the 57-year-old's body in a pool of blood yesterday morning. "In the first incident a female service station attendant was assaulted when three men tried to unsuccessfully rob the store about 6am. "We understand one of the offenders was armed with a pistol while another held an unknown object." "CCTV footage from both businesses indicates these were the same offenders for both robberies.



A SkyCity worker reprimanded for carrying a pocket-size Bible has apologised, saying she did not mean to cause offence. Unite Union claims tower host Tuni Parata was threatened with instant dismissal when management found out the employee of 16 years was carrying a wallet-sized copy of the New Testament hidden in the pocket of her uniform. An emotional Parata told ONE News the Bible gives her strength to take on the challenges she faces at work. "Reading the Bible is for myself, to encourage myself, to inspire me while I'm at work," said Parata. "It's not meant to offend anyone at all."



Grandparents described as "the perfect family" have been banned from taking in their baby grand-daughter because they believe in smacking. CYF has refused to let them take in their grandson's 21-month-old half-sister because they told CYF they smacked their grandson occasionally as "a last resort". Mrs Johnson, 57, said a CYF social worker told her last week: "We were the perfect family, perfect grandparents, if it wasn't for that little thing and that was smacking. "I feel like our name has been tainted now," Mrs Johnson said.






Parents can use reasonable force to: Prevent harm to the child or others.


Stop the child committing a criminal offence.


Stop offensive or disruptive behaviour.


For "the normal daily tasks that are incidental to good care and parenting".


Not allowed


It is illegal to use force for "correction".



Predictions of chaos and confusion on the roads caused by the give way rule changes have not come to pass, say insurance companies. AA Insurance said today it had received only a handful of claims that could be attributed to the changes on March 25. The low volume of claims suggested Kiwis had understood the right of way rule changes and driven more cautiously, said Suzanne Wolton, head of corporate affairs. "Our observation is that drivers are exercising caution and courtesy at intersections during the first two months, with plenty of eye contact and hand and light signals between drivers," she said. "The handful of claims we received related, for the most part, to driver confusion about how to apply the catchphrase, 'Top of the T goes before me'."




Earthquakes continue to rattle the Bay of Plenty, and a seismologist says the rumbling could continue for a few days. A magnitude 3.8 quake stuck 10km south-east of White Island at a depth of 80km at 1.34pm this afternoon. This latest quake follows a series of earthquakes that struck the region last night. A magnitude 3.3 quake struck 10 kilometres north of Kawerau at 7.47pm. It was followed by a magnitude 2.9 quake at 8.52pm and a magnitude 2.4 quake at 9.18pm, both which were only 2km deep.



A pioneering study of Auckland's inner-city apartment dwellers has found that only a quarter feel they belong to a recognisable "community". The study found only "weak links" among most of what Martin Dunn of City Sales Apartment Realtors says are about 50,000 people living in 26,000 apartments between Newton and the harbour, and from the Auckland Domain to Ponsonby Rd. Almost half (43 per cent) reported sometimes feeling isolated. Only 24 per cent felt part of the community they lived in. The 2006 Census showed 67 per cent were born overseas. Only 29 per cent were New Zealand European, 29 per cent were Chinese and 42 per cent represented "a very diverse assortment of other ethnicities". The population is highly transient: 77 per cent have lived in the inner city less than two years.



BP and Z Energy have dropped their petrol prices again. Both now have 91 octane at $2.03, and super at $2.11. BP says the price has now come down by 13 cents over the last two weeks. This morning's fall is BP's fourth price drop in the last two weeks.



Sanitarium New Zealand, which makes the distinctive Kiwi version of the savoury product, said it was unlikely Marmite would be back on the nation's shelves much before November. General manager Pierre van Heerden said last night that additional earthquake damage had been found at the company's Christchurch factory. "Our revised estimated start-up time frame for Marmite production is October," he said. At the end of April, about six weeks after the spread started disappearing from shops, he estimated it would be mid-July before Marmite was in production.



Air New Zealand's new chief executive has leap-frogged other internal candidates to take the top job. Christchurch-born Christopher Luxon will take over from current chief executive Rob Fyfe at the end of December. Click here for a link to a live stream of an Air NZ press conference introducing Luxon. Luxon has been at the airline for a year, as the general manager of its international airline.



Hollywood film giant Warner Brothers has shut down its New Zealand office and outsourced its distribution arm. Although Warner Brothers will not say why it has left New Zealand, or how many staff will be affected, the company sent ONE News a statement that confirmed their Ponsonby office closed at the end of May. The statement reaffirmed its commitment to New Zealand and said that its business would be outsourced to a local company. Opposition parties say the move is a slap in the face for New Zealand, given that the Government changed employment law and provided tax breaks to get Warner Brothers to make The Hobbit films here. Prime Minister John Key was unaware Warner Brothers video was leaving. According to the Companies Office, Warner Brothers has been operating in New Zealand since 1947. However, lack of a physical office here does not worry Peter Jackson's production company Wingnut. The company said it continues to feel fully supported by Warner Brothers.



Prime Minister John Key is forging ahead with the plan after the second reading of the legislation was passed in Parliament by 61 votes to 59 last week. Sarah Free, from the Domestic Energy Users Network, told TV ONE's Breakfast she thinks power prices will "definitely" go up as a result of partial privatisation, and in a significant way. "What we have seen so far is that the Government-owned companies are in fact cheaper than all the privately-owned companies, up to 3.3 cents per kilowatt hour on average," she said. However, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said Ryall "needs to look again". "On average, privately-owned electricity companies charge 12% (3 cents per kilowatt hour) more than publicly-owned electricity companies. "That's around $275 a year more for the average household.



More than $90 million in quake relief funds have not been allocated and community leaders are calling for faster, more focused spending. Tens of millions of dollars in donations flooded in from around the world after the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes. But the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust, established by Prime Minister John Key and headed by former NZX chief executive Mark Weldon, is yet to decide what to do with $49.3m of the $99.6m it has received. A total of $50.3 million had been allocated to 112 projects, including $14m to repair the Arts Centre and $2m in sports recovery grants.



Oracle's latest quarterly earnings climbed 8 per cent, beating analysts' expectations. The business software maker surprised investors by releasing the results Monday (local time). The fiscal fourth-quarter report had been scheduled to come out Thursday. 



CEO Steve Ballmer was on hand to announce the new tablet, calling it part of a "whole new family of devices'' the company is developing. One version of the device, which won't go on sale until sometime in the fall, is about 9.3 millimetres thick and works on the Windows RT operating system. It comes with a kickstand to hold it upright and a touch keyboard cover that snaps on using magnets. The device weighs under 680 grams and will cost about as much as other tablet computers. Its debut is set to coincide with the upcoming fall release of Microsoft's much-anticipated Windows 8 operating system.


Key Specifications


Surface (with Armprocessor)



価格 未定

OS: Windows RT

OS: ウィンドウズRT

Weight: 676g x 9.3mm deep


Display: 10.6" ClearType HD Display

ディスプレイ:10.6インチ クリアタイプHDディスプレイ

Battery: 31.5 W-h

バッテリ:31.5 W-h

Connectivity: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae

可能な接続機器:マイクロSD、USB2.0、マイクロHDヴィデオ、2x2 MIMOアンテナ

Bundled Apps: Office '15' Apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover


Storage: 32 or 64Gb


Surface for Windows 8 Pro

ウィンドウズ8プロ サーフェス


価格 未定

OS: Windows 8 Pro

OS: ウィンドウズ8プロ

Weight: 903g x 13.5mm deep


Display: 10.6" ClearType Full HD Display

ディスプレイ:10.6インチ クリアタイプ フルHDディスプレイ

Battery: 42 W-h

バッテリ:42 W-h

Connectivity: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae

可能な接続機器:マイクロSDXC、USB3.0、ミニディスプレイポートヴィデオ、2x2 MIMOアンテナ

Bundled Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block


Storage: 64 or 128 GB



New Zealand's most wanted criminals will now be published on a new police website. The site went live today with people police want to talk to in Wellington and Eastern districts being the first to have their photos and details published. All police districts are expected to have access in about eight weeks. "It's going to give us a much broader audience of people with potential information about those we're looking for," National Crime Manager, Detective Superintendent Rod Drew said.



A trough moving over the lower North Island and upper South Island is expected to bring further heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms to parts of the country. MetService issued a severe weather watch this morning for Nelson, Marlborough and Taranaki. It warned that accumulations could approach warning amounts about Mt Taranaki, Richmond Ranges and the northwest Nelson Ranges. The rain is expected to ease from northern parts of the South Island this evening and Taranaki tonight.



Labour is calling on the Government to tackle the "potential time bomb" of ensuring the future of New Zealand's pension fund. Prime Minister John Key has ruled out raising the age of eligibility for superannuation or increasing contribution rates like other countries as "it's not a big problem for New Zealand at the moment". "John Key is not prepared to look at this issue as being a potential time bomb for us. In four years' time our super payments will exceed our entire education spend and that is quite clearly out of sync." Labour's proposal is to raise eligibility to 67 and make KiwiSaver compulsory and gradually increase contributions, "so when people got to 60 they had some options for their retirement," Shearer said.




The Green Party has used $75,000 of taxpayer money to pay signature-collectors for a referendum opposing asset sales. The party has used its Leader's Office fund to hire the equivalent of eight fulltime staff members in an attempt to force a citizens-initiated referendum before the Government begins to sell state-owned power companies. The payments were permitted under parliamentary rules, but it was believed to be the first time the fund has been used to gather support for a party policy. The Greens spent $47,000 of their annual leader's fund to pay signature collectors in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, and planned to spend around $76,000 in total.



Prime Minister John Key says the European debt crisis is the biggest threat to the New Zealand economy. He said he was less confident now than at the time of the May 24 Budget that New Zealand would get back into surplus by 2014-15 but insisted: "We won't let that target slip lightly." And Treasury officials were looking further into why Reserve Bank forecasters last week plumped for a return to surplus two years later, in 2016-17. "In terms of what that means for New Zealand it doesn't really change anything. The European debt crisis remains the biggest threat to the New Zealand economy by some margin."



New Zealand is committing to lend the International Monetary Fund another $1.26 billion in the event of global economic turmoil, ahead of announcements expected from today's G20 meeting in Mexico on measures to counter the ongoing Eurozone debt crisis. The latest $US1 billion ($NZ1.26 billion) commitment is the second such additional commitment in two years, and brings New Zealand's total potential lending to the IMF to $NZ4.1 billion, although the global lending agency has so far only drawn down $320 million from New Zealand. The last additional commitment, also of $1.26 billion, was in 2010 to support the so-called New Arrangements to Borrow deal, which was organised to stem European debt troubles.



Charlie Sheen will retire when Anger Management comes to an end. The 46-year-old actor sees his forthcoming new comedy show as his "swan song" and rather than looking for further acting work, he is looking forward to spending more time with his five kids - Cassandra, 27, Sam, eight, Lola, seven, and two-year-old twins Bob and Max - when the programme eventually draws to a close. He said: "When I'm done with this business it's just going to be about soccer games and amusement parks. And when [Anger Management] ends, I'm done. This is my swan song.



A new market is opening up for tourists wanting to see the earthquake damage and the rebuilding of Christchurch. A national bus tour company is putting the city back on its map because of the demand. Backpacker bus service Magic Bus has just resurrected Christchurch on its circuit. Brian Henderson of Magic Bus says tourists will probably want to see what has happened to the Cathedral and some of the other historic buildings. "Just seeing that devastation is of interest." The bus company's passengers themselves are requesting the stopover. "Typically Magic's passengers are a little bit more adventurous. They want to see something different. So you've sort of got quite a story there being told," Henderson said.



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