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But yesterday Parsons returned from a walk at Sign of the Takahe to find her friend's car had been broken into and all her belongings taken, including her passport, wallet, iPhone, journal and camera. "We came back and at first we didn't realise anything had happened - there weren't any smashed windows or signs of being broken into. My friend was like 'Didn't I bring my handbag?' and we had a search around. It was a slow and awful realisation that everything was gone," she said. "I'm just really surprised someone would be so brazen. There were heaps of people and cars there - we actually struggled to get a park - and it was a busy street." Fortunately, police located the passport this morning and returned it to Parsons. "I'm flying out on Monday so that's a great relief to have that back. I'd already booked an appointment at the embassy in Auckland to get a new passport; you have to go up to Auckland to get a new one. I was actually surprised they ditched the passport, but I'm really glad they did." However, Parsons was most upset that her camera with all of her photos, the only memento she had of her trip, had been lost.

ニュージーランドをラウンドしていたある女性旅行者がサインオブタカヘ(Sign of the Takahe)の散歩から駐車場に戻ったところ、(友人所有の)車内に置いてあったパスポート、サイフ、アイフォーン、ジャーナル、そしてカメラなど、旅行中に携帯していたすべての所持品が盗まれる窃盗事件が起きていたことが報じられています。幸運にも、警察が彼女のパスポートを発見したため、月曜日のフライトには乗れるようですが、旅行中のすべてを写していたカメラが紛失したことに深く失望していると述べています。駐車場の窃盗事件が増えているようなので、旅行中の方はくれぐれも注意を。


More New Zealanders are contracting the antibiotic resistant superbug MRSA. But the number of people catching a lesser known bug, ESBL, is more worrying because it's harder to treat, medical experts say. Environmental Science and Research reports 1042 cases of MRSA were recorded during last year's month-long survey - 288 more than the previous year. The 37% increase was the largest single-year rise in the past decade and signals a step towards a world where antibiotics are ineffective. Medical Association deputy chairman Mark Peterson said the increase reflected the overall growth in superbugs both here and overseas.



A Polish man has been jailed for three months and is awaiting deportation after smuggling bank card skimming equipment into New Zealand. Jaroslaw Pilat, 48, was searched at Auckland International Airport after travelling from Malaysia, via Melbourne, on April 22. Customs said Pilat's travel arrangements had aroused their suspicions. Customs manager of investigations Shane Panettiere said Pilat claimed one of the devices was part of a pay television decoder he stole from a Vietnam hotel that would allow him to access free television in Poland.



Roads have been closed and two schools in Ruapehu District evacuated as heavy rain drenches the North Island. The detour to get to and from New Plymouth, via Te Kuiti and Whanganui, adds around three to four hours to the journey. NZ Transport Authority contractors are aiming to reopen the road fully by Wednesday this week at the latest. Meanwhile, surface flooding affecting State Highway One between Taupo and Turangi is not showing any signs of subsiding. There has been around a foot of water on the road for most of the day. Emergency manager for the Taupo District Council Phil Parker said motorists should see flood levels drop in the morning. In Wanganui, the river has already reached eight metres in Pipiriki, and is expected to continue to rise to 10.5 metres into the evening.



Flooding has closed State Highway 1 between Taupo and Turangi and a heavy rain warning remains in place for the ranges east of Bay of Plenty tonight. However, the wet weather is easing in most parts of the North Island.



Two earthquakes shook the lower North Island overnight. A 4.1 magnitude quake hit 10 kilometres west of Taihape at a depth of 4km shortly after 9.30pm. The quake was reportedly felt across Palmerston North and as far as Taumarunui. About half an hour later, a 3.1 magnitude quake struck 30km east of Paengaroa, in the Wairarapa, at a depth of 25km. There have been no reports of damage or injury.



The 14-storey Radio Network building in Christchurch is set to be the first major structure in the city to be demolished by implosion. The Worcester St building is set to be demolished on August 5, after the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) gave it the go-ahead. Imploding a building involves detonating explosives placed in its structural connections so that the building collapses on itself within a matter of seconds. The technique is mainly used in urban areas so that there is little damage to surrounding buildings.




Sex workers have wrecked more than 40 parking signs in the last 18 months by using them to solicit clients, a tell-all-book on South Auckland street workers claims. "Prostitutes use these (street sign poles) as dancing poles," she claims. "The poles are part of their soliciting equipment and they often snap them. Some of the prostitutes are big, strong people." Lee said she didn't receive complaints from business people anymore because they've "given up on getting any help" and simply go about cleaning up their properties which involved picking up condoms, drugs and faeces. "We quite literally deal with human waste every day." A shop owner said up to 20-30 prostitutes worked outside his shop some nights. He said they shoplifted from his store, begged his customers for money and defecated behind his shop. Sharon Maxey was forced to move her Lace and Craft shop from Manurewa because of problems with sex workers. She decided to move after after an elderly male was threatened with a knife by a transvestite outside her shop. Graham Mullins, Town Manager Otahuhu Mainstreet Association, said the town's CCTV security cameras had captured "appalling behaviour". He said like anyone selling goods, prostitutes should require permits.




The 31-year-old economist at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research is a dedicated renter and has never wanted to buy his own house. "Houses are very expensive compared to renting." His thinking challenges the norm. In the areas that appealed to him, house prices were about $1 million. Rent would be about $600 a week and a mortgage significantly more. He said he and his wife invested the money they saved by renting so that they could provide for their retirement. "New Zealanders' obsession with property is madness." If it's a financial decision, don't do it. If it's a lifestyle one, do."




The Paediatric Society say it is not only unborn babies who will benefit from having an added dose of folic acid from their daily bread. Public submissions for a government plan to force bakers to fortify their bread products with folic acid close today, four years after the proposal was first shelved by the Government. The proposal is targeted at mothers who may be putting their unborn babies at risk of spina bifida and congenital heart defects by not absorbing enough folate in their diet. Paediatric Society spokesperson Andrew Marshall said studies from the United States, where the mandatory fortification has been in place for nearly 15 years, show folic acid also has health benefits for older people.




Hawaiian Airlines will start direct flights between Auckland and Honolulu from March, becoming the only US carrier to fly to New Zealand. In May, Air New Zealand announced a 50 per cent increase in capacity on Auckland-Honolulu, from twice to three times a week. Kiwi passengers will also be able to take connecting flights to Hawaii's other islands and 11 mainland US destinations including Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York, the airline said. Tourism figures showed there were currently 30 per cent fewer visitor arrivals coming from New Zealand than in 1999 when more non-stop flights were offered between the two destinations. Hawaiian's new service will add more than 40,000 seats annually between Auckland and Honolulu.



A new law has been signed off by Cabinet, requiring distributors and producers to test and prove the safety of party pills and fake cannabis. The legislation will go before Parliament this year, and the onus of proof will lie with the distributors and producers from the middle of next year. Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne announced today that under the new psychoactive substances drug law, all party pills and fake cannabis products will be taken off the market next year while they are tested. "If they [distributors and producers] cannot prove that a product is safe, then it is not going anywhere near the marketplace.''



Thirty-nine Telecom customers have had their YahooXtra email logons and passwords compromised as a result of a hacking attack on Yahoo. The credentials were among 453,000 stolen from Yahoo and posted on the internet last week. The details would have allowed anyone to open up and read the users' incoming email, though Yahoo said only five per cent of the accounts were valid and the rest were inactive and had been closed. Telecom spokeswoman Jo Jalfon said they contacted 26 customers who had been affected and helped them change their passwords. 



That was the unusual plea published in an editorial in The Times of London on Saturday, a measure of Britons' growing frustration with months of miserable weather. The UK is labouring under some of the wettest conditions in recent history. Nearly every day seems to bring showers, sprinkles, drizzles, or downpours. On Saturday alone, England's Environment Agency registered some 75 flood alerts and warnings across the country. The Times claims the period from April to June appears to have been the wettest since 1766 and warns that the country's potato harvest may be affected - threatening to push up the price of chips.




Rock legends the Red Hot Chili Peppers will return to New Zealand for one show next year. The Grammy Award-winning band will perform at Auckland's Vector Arena on January 14. The California band last played at the newly opened Vector in 2007. This will be their first tour with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. The Red Hot Chili Peppers released I'm With You in 2011, making it their first album release in five years. Sampras says ''the hardest thing to do in sports is the ability to stay on top. Roger has been able to do so by great play and durability.''

レッドホットチリペッパーズが来年1月14日にオークランドのヴェクターアリーナで公演することが発表されています。2007年ぶりのようです。今回のツアーには新しいギタリスト(Josh Klinghoffer)が参加する、最初のツアーと紹介されています。


Roger Federer has surpassed Pete Sampras to set the record for the most weeks at No 1 in the ATP rankings. After winning Wimbledon a week ago, Federer returned to the top for the first time since June 2010 and his 287th week at No 1, one more than Sampras.



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