ミニヘッドライン 2012/07/17



A Rotorua woman who caught a taxi from Tauranga to Rotorua but didn't pay the fare has been sent to jail for six weeks. She has also been ordered to pay the $155 fare. Anthea Lynne Houkamau, 33, appeared in the District Court at Rotorua yesterday after previously pleading guilty to a charge of obtaining by deception, giving false details and driving while disqualified. She told police she'd been disqualified from driving and that was why she had given them false details. She was with an associate and her pet dog and her car was impounded. She called a taxi, was told the fare to Rotorua would be $155, and agreed to pay knowing she couldn't cover the bill. Arriving in Rotorua about 3.30pm, Houkamau asked the driver to go to the Selwyn Heights shops as she needed to get money from an ATM to pay. Houkamau, her associate and the dog got out of the taxi and walked around the back of the shops, making no attempt to pay.



A man is in a critical condition after the car he was in was struck by a freight train on the Kapiti Coast this afternoon. The car was hit on State Highway 1 while it crossed onto a private road about 7km south of Otaki at 1.50am, police said. An ambulance spokesman said the driver of the car was in a critical condition and was being treated at the scene. A rescue helicopter had landed to assist. No one aboard the train is thought to have been injured.



News that all 28 miners trapped by a fire inside a a Waihi Gold underground mine today have been successfully rescued is a "huge relief" for their families, says Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga. He said he was "absolutely delighted'' that the miners have been evacuated safely but there are still questions about what caused the emergency. An investigation has been launched into the fire inside the mine after rescuers successfully evacuated all 28 trapped miners. The 35 tonne Komatsu truck had burnt out while rescue teams sought to get to the trapped men, he said. "We opted to go for the personnel first and worry about fire later". The cause of the fire was unknown, Mr Grindlay said.



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A magnitude 5.6 earthquake has struck the Bay of Plenty. The 290km deep quake struck at 1.35pm and was centred within 5km of Te Puke. It ws felt as far away as Wellington. It follows a series of sizable quakes in the North Island this month. A 5.3 magnitude quake struck 30km east of Murupara early Saturday morning, while a 5.7 quake struck near Turangi on July 7. A 7.0 quake off Opunake on July 3 was felt across much of the country and caused items to fall from shelves.




Drunken children as young as 11 smashing up property at night in Whangarei is a wake-up call for society to the dangers of easy access to booze, an alcohol and addiction expert warns. Whangarei police are urging the public to contact them if they see drunk children out at night after four youngsters under the age of 15 were found heavily intoxicated after a vandalism spree. Acting Sergeant Jim Adamson said boys aged 11 and 12, and girls aged 14 and 15 were found near Kensington Park at 8.30pm on Sunday. "These children will have struggling parents, many of whom will be poor and have alcoholism themselves. These families are the victims of current social policy. Just blaming them for NZ's ills will just make them and the overall problem worse,'' Professor Sellman said.



More than 70 children and young people were abused while in Child Youth and Family care last year and no central records are being kept on the abuse. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett revealed the information in Parliament today in response to a question from the Greens' Holly Walker. Ms Bennett said that of the 71 cases of abuse - 30 were by CYF-approved caregivers and the rest by "third party'' caregivers. "Thirteen have been prosecuted by police, the others have not. Even though they were substantial forms of abuse - they weren't at a level police were able to prosecute,'' Ms Bennett said.




More than 50 Immigration New Zealand staff have been found to have accessed confidential client information without authority since the agency started its internal investigations process in 2004. Over the past nine financial years, there have been 49 substantiated complaints, involving 51 staff breaching privacy guidelines at the agency - but Immigration NZ insists the number is "very small". One complainant, who was told after a Department of Labour investigation in April that his client records had been accessed by his ex-wife, a former immigration officer, says the practice has been "going on for years".



The chance to make some money on the side proved too sweet a temptation for a local beekeeper who stole nearly $14,000 worth of products - including 400kg of bees. Leon Raymond Guy, 36, from Te Puke, appeared in Tauranga District Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to six charges of theft by a person in a special relationship. Each charge attracts a maximum penalty of seven years in prison. The police summary revealed that Guy was employed as the manager of Kintail Beekeeping Te Puke for six years and was responsible for looking after its beehives. He was provided with all the resources to run the business through its parent company Kintail Hawkes Bay, including all the stock needed, such as sugar syrup for feeding the bees.



A former Earthquake Commission software developer has been sent to prison for more than four and a half years for his part in smuggling $1 million worth of cocaine into New Zealand. Brendan John Clarke was charged in December last year over an attempt to get 2.985 kilograms of the Class A drug into the country. He pleaded guilty to the charge in May this year, and was last week sentenced to four years, eight months in prison.



A special place in history for the Ibis Hotel in Christchurch. The 155 room, eight storey hotel will reopen on September 4, becoming the first hotel in the CBD to do so since the February 2011 earthquake. Hotel Manager Tim Dearsley says it's been a mammoth task. "We've been working on it with Hawkins Construction and our project managers TBIG for pretty much over a year now and they've had up to 165 people working in the hotel everyday."

2011年の震災以降、クライストチャーチで初めて再開するホテルが紹介されています。ホテルは8階建てで155室を持つアイビスホテル(Ibis Hotel)で9月4日から営業を再開する予定のようです。


The consumers price index (CPI) has just been released, showing inflation rose just 0.3 per cent for the June 2012 quarter, less than economists were predicting. This takes the annual rate to just 1 per cent. This is the smallest annual movement in the CPI since a 0.5 per cent lift in the December 1999 quarter. "The increase in the CPI reflects higher electricity prices and seasonally higher vegetable prices, partly offset by lower prices for things such as telecommunication services," Statistics NZ prices manager Chris Pike said. Today's figures mean the Reserve Bank won't have to worry about any inflationary pressures creeping in from the rebuild in Canterbury, allowing Governor Alan Bollard to keep the official cash rate lower for longer.



Excited homeowners moving into a new $10.5 million apartment block have been told it may be demolished for Auckland's rail-loop project. Residents are still moving into the Tawari Mews in Mt Eden. The property - where apartments sell for between $388,000-$480,000 - are still being marketed online as "a haven amid the hectic pace of the burgeoning metropolis". But the 24-apartment block is among 210 buildings in the way of the $2.8 billion project and the new residents are furious Auckland Council approved it, only for its transport arm to put their homes in the firing line of a scheme yet to win Government funding approval. The apartments are about 600 metres west of where trains will enter or emerge from tunnels starting 3.5km away at Britomart, but more surface tracks are needed for splitting rail movements at a new interchange station behind New North Rd.



A multimillionaire Shanghai businessman has bought a long-vacant site in Auckland's CBD and is planning a five-star hotel tower there. Furu Ding of the wealthy New Development Group paid $53 million for one of the central city's biggest empty sites at 106 Albert St, the former Royal International Hotel site, now a carpark spanning Victoria St West and Elliott St. The site has been empty since Chase Corporation demolished the hotel and planned to shift the Farmers department store there from Hobson St.



The US military aims to fly a hypersonic plane at 20 times the speed of sound by 2016. The X-plane will travel at Mach 20 (roughly 20,921 km/h), which means it could fly to any place on earth in less than an hour. The project, titled Integrated Hypersonics, is being carried out by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which has developed stealth aircraft for the US government for over 30 years.

アメリカ合衆国空軍が音速の20倍の速度で航行できる軍用飛行機を2016年から運用することを目標にしていることが報じられています。この飛行機はマッハ20(およそ20,921 km/hの速度)で、地球のいかなる場所に1時間以内で到達できる速さのようです。このプロジェクトは30年にわたりステルス飛行機などを開発したDARPAによって運営されていると紹介されています。


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