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A strapping newborn baby boy
is understood to have set a New
Zealand record, weighing in at a
whopping 6.85kg (15lb 1oz) —
the equivalent of nearly seven 1kg
blocks of cheese.
A full-term New Zealand baby
usually weighs between 3.2kg and
3.5kg, putting this Hamilton infant
at double the size of the average
newborn, and weighing almost the
same as an average four-month-old.
The baby was born last Monday
night at Waikato Hospital,
understood to be by Caesarean
section, and is now at home with
The child’s parents did not want
to comment, but the Herald
understands the baby is the mother’s
third child. The mother’s Hamilton
midwife did not return messages,
but welcomed the baby boy on her
Facebook page last week, saying it
“ has to be a New Zealand record”.
Waikato District Health Board
communications director Mary
Anne Gill said the hospital did not
have consent to comment about a
baby of that weight.
The baby holding the record for
the biggest infant born in New
Zealand was previously believed to
be a 6.63kg girl named Angelani,
with Tongan parents, in 2005.
obstetrician Dr Jon Wilcox, who
has 30 years’ experience delivering
babies, said 6.84kg was “massive”
for an infant and quite likely New
Zealand’s biggest baby. The heaviest
he had delivered in his career
weighed 5kg. Anything over 4kg
was considered big.
In New Zealand 78.9% of babies
fell between what was deemed as
being an appropriate birth weight of
between 2.5kg and 4kg, according
to the long-term Growing up in
New Zealand study following 7000
babies born in 2009 and 2010 into
In total 16.2% had high birth
weights over 4kg and 4.9% had
low birth weights under 2.5kg. On
average boys were just over 100g
heavier than girls. The babies in the
study were also on average 100g
heavier than babies born in 2004.
Dr Wilcox said gestational
diabetes was a common reason for
having a bigger baby as the infant
consumed too much glucose which
turned to fat, but this was often
picked up during the pregnancy
and the baby was often induced at
Bigger babies were treated with
as much care as premature babies
because of potential health risks, he
“ If you look at the average birth
weight they tend to go up quite
steadily with each baby.” — NZME
A British couple was fined £100 after
breaking hotel policy and leaving negative
reviews about their experience on-line.
However, fining customers for negative
reviews has not yet happened in New
Zealand, an industry group says, despite
the damage that bad or malicious reviews
can do to businesses.
Tony and Jan Jenkinson, who were
guests at the Broadway Hotel in
Blackpool in England for a night, later
described the hotel as a “rotten stinking
hovel” on the TripAdvisor website, BBC
As a result, the couple was fined £100
($NZ200) directly from their credit card,
with the hotel claiming it was part of
its policy to fine customers for leaving
negative comments on-line.
The hotel policy read: “Despite the
fact that repeat customers and couples
love our hotel, your friends and family
may not. For every bad review left on
any website, the group organiser will be
charged a maximum £100 per review.”
The hotel has since said it would refund
Hospitality New Zealand chief
executive Bruce Robertson — whose
group represents more than 2400
businesses including restaurants, bars,
hotels, motels and cafes — said internet
reviews were like “word of mouth on
He said fining customers for negative
reviews was not standard practice in New
Zealand, and as far as he was aware it had
never happened here.
Mr Robertson said internet reviews
were an ongoing issue and were especially
challenging if they were malicious.
“The industry is certainly well aware of
a need to be proactive in managing any
adverse reviews in the most constructive
way they can.
“That can be difficult if they are
He said the best response for those
in the industry was to promote ser vices
accurately so that customers knew what
“There is no point saying you’re a five
star when you are a two and a half star
people will have a disappointing
experience because their expectations
aren’t going to be met. Your advertising
promotion needs to accurately reflect
what people experience, and if you deliver
that experience you’re less likely to have
Co-owner of Nikau Cafe in Wellington,
Paul Schrader, said in this day and age it
was a lot easier for critics to be harsh on-
line. He said while it might seem like a
satisfying way of dealing with negative
comments, the idea of fining customers
or guests was “absolutely ludicrous”.
“People have always been critical — it ’s
just in the day and age of the internet it ’s
much more public.”
After receiving a critical review on a
website, Mr Schrader said he felt slightly
deflated and the cafe came up with its
own unique way of dealing with the
Mr Schrader said they had a friend
design t-shirts with some of the quotes
from on-line reviews printed on them,
which staff wore.
“ You feel aggrieved and possibly
sometimes angry because you know
you’re trying your best ... you get the
feeling they don’t actually understand
how much hard work goes behind the
“It felt like we were taking ownership of
it.” — NZME
An early childhood teacher who
admitted mistreating young children
in her care is now working at an early
childhood centre in Rotorua.
Because she is not employed as a
registered teacher, the strict conditions
put on her by the Teachers’ Disciplinary
Tribunal do not need to be followed.
Rebecca Rose Ngapo
mistreating young children at a Tokoroa
early learning centre by shovelling
spoonfuls of food into a child’s mouth
when the child tried to breathe or cry,
confining children in a small room
with the door closed for at least five
minutes at a time, throwing balls at
children to get their attention, and
handling children roughly.
News that she is now working in
Rotorua has prompted heated discussion
on a Rotorua Facebook page, with many
local parents wanting to know where
she was working and why she was allowed
A Teachers’ Council spokesman has
confirmed to the Rotorua Daily Post it
was aware she was now working at an
early childhood centre in Rotorua, but
not as a registered teacher.
They would not name the centre.
He said they had been in contact
with the centre, which was aware of
the background and the sanctions
and conditions it had placed on Ms
“The disciplinary tribunal’s conditions
apply only to Ms Ngapo working as
a registered teacher. The council will
continue to monitor Ms Ngapo’s
compliance with conditions set out by the
The spokeman said they were pleased
the case had received public attention so
that the public was well informed.
Ministry of Education deputy secretary,
early years, parents and whanau Rawiri
Brell said abusive behaviour in any setting
should never be tolerated, particularly
when young children were involved and
when a position of trust had been abused.
He said the ministry did not employ
early childhood teachers or monitor
where they worked and it was up to
the individual centre to carry out pre-
Rebecca’s mother Mary Ngapo, who
was the manager of the centre, was
also censured for failing to report her
daughter’s behaviour, and allowing staff
to use her daughter for “disciplining and
As a result of their actions the tribunal
censured both women for serious
Rebecca Ngapo was ordered to
undertake a course of training or
education in appropriate behaviour
management strategies. She also must be
super vised and mentored for two to three
years if, and when, she returns to the
workforce. — N Z ME
The country has had the coolest start to
summer in almost a decade.
Temperatures around the main cities
on Monday were well below the median
for the past decade, as a south-westerly
flow swept through.
“ It’s unseasonable, but it ’s not
forecaster Richard Finnie said.
Temperatures for December 1 have
fluctuated for the last decade between as
hot as 27degC and as cold as 13degC.
This year was the coolest since 2006.
Auckland and Hamilton started
summer with a cool 17degC day, while
Wellington and Christchurch recorded a
In 2010, Auckland reached a balmy
25degC for the first day of summer while
Hamilton was even warmer, recording
Whereas on December 1, 2006,
temperatures only reached 17degC in
Auckland and Hamilton and 13degC in
Wellington and Christchurch.
Mr Finnie said the country experienced
a south-westerly flow on December 1,
2006, similar to what was moving across
the country on Monday.
On the second morning of summer,
those in southern parts of New Zealand
had to scrape ice off windscreens as
Monday’s southerly faded out.
WeatherWatch head weather analyst
Philip Duncan said warmer westerlies
would return tomorrow, bringing warm
weather for the weekend and next week.
“The same high that is partially
responsible for dredging up this cold air
will also give us some sunny, hot days
ahead,” he said. — NZ ME
15lb newborn may be
New Zealand record
The body of a fisherman has been
found four days after he fell from an
Member of the police national dive
squad found the body of Maxim
Efremychev, 25, around 10.30pm
yesterday about 1km south of the
northern end of Omaha beach.
Mr Efremychev and a fishing mate had
been tossed in to the sea while trying to
retrieve an oar on Saturday. His mate
managed to swim to shore and raise the
The dive squad and police launch
Deodar have been scouring the area and
sonar equipment from the navy was used
in the search.
Mr Efremychev’s partner had posted
a series of messages on Facebook saying
she was hopeful he would be found alive.
“ I’m getting weaker every hour but I’m
never losing hope as God is with you
now. Come home,” she wrote.
Photos on her page show Mr
Efremychev holding a newborn baby,
which were captioned “father and son
The incident is the second in the
Rodney area in recent months.
On October 14 Stewart Atutahi, 37,
from Snells Beach and 22-year-old
Nicholas Stubbs from Warkworth went
missing after setting off in a fibreglass
boat from Martins Bay.
Mr Atutahi was skippering the boat
and his body and wreckage of the vessel
were found soon after the men were
Mr Stubbs’ body was found on
November 1 near Kawau Island in the
The deaths have been referred to the
coroner. — N ZM E
Fisherman’s body found
Negative hotel review
costs couple £100
Teacher who admitted
mistreating children, back
at early childhood centre
Cool start to summer
An Australian teenager critically
injured in a crash which killed two people
near Rotorua is awake and talking to his
parents, while his classmates mourn the
loss of a fellow student and teacher.
The 16-year-old from North Queens-
land who was on a school trip when the
van he was in collided with a Fonterra
milk tanker on State highway 5 near
Reporoa has been joined by his parents
who are at his bedside at Waikato
Hospital. The boy was yesterday stable in
a ward after being moved from the high
The boy ’s parents did not want to
speak to the Herald, but yesterday
released a statement saying their son
was improving daily with great support
from hospital staff and that they looked
for ward to taking him home soon.
Tanker crash victim out of coma
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