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Loud cries alerted a passing shopper
to a newborn baby who was left in a
locked car in a Countdown supermarket
car park in Hamilton yesterday
A police media spokeswoman
confirmed they received at least two calls
about a baby aged up to five months
being left in the Countdown Bridge
Street-Anzac Parade car park and were
making attempts to speak with the
owner of the vehicle.
A shopper who posted the photo of
the baby in the capsule with the plastic
rain cover on Facebook was shocked and
wanted to show people how dangerous
leaving a child in a car could be.
The post has since been removed
following comments of both outrage and
support for the mother.
The shopper, who did not want to be
named over fear of public backlash, said
she was walking back to her car when
she heard the baby crying at about
She looked around and saw it was
coming from a silver stationwagon
parked in the designated caregivers
“ It was screaming and that ’s what made
me look over. I put my face up against
all the windows in the car and was like
holy crap there’s no one in this car and
the baby is by itself ’’.
The woman, who had her own child in
tow, dashed back into the supermarket
and asked management to help.
“ I said ‘OMG can a manager come out
here — there is a baby in a car’. They acted
really really well and did everything they
could instantly.’’ The woman said the
super visor put an announcement over
the loud speaker while she went back
outside with other staff members.
“ We tried doors and nothing would
work. And then I was banging on
the windows to distract the baby so it
wouldn’t get so hot.’’ She said the baby
was screaming the entire time and a
group of about eight people — including
staff — had gathered around.
About 10 minutes later, the mother
emerged with bags of shopping. The
woman did not know how long they
baby had been left for before she heard it.
“She just walked out and saw that
everyone was around her. I think she
got quite embarrassed and I just had my
hand over my mouth because I was in
absolute shock and she unlocked the car
and opened up the back door and pulled
the cover off the baby.
“ When she got back to the car and
opened the door and the baby’s face was
red and round the collar of the baby’s
shirt was all wet — not of sweat I don’t
think but of tears. Of the baby being
“She was like ‘he’s fine, he’s fine —
I’ve been in hospital sorry’ and closed
the door and took off.’’ The woman said
she was left standing there in shock and
posted the photo to try to get help for
her. — NZME
Wellington and Christchurch
buildings now need to be checked
every five years and upgraded, if
needed, to ensure they are safe in
Public buildings, including
schools, hospitals and fire stations,
will also be checked as a priority,
under the new laws taking effect
The safety measures divide the
country into three earthquake
zones based on their risk.
Buildings in high risk areas
in Wellington, Christchurch,
Napier and Gisborne will need
to be assessed within five years
and upgraded within 15 years if
In medium risk areas, like
Hamilton or Nelson, they will
be assessed every 10 years and
upgraded within 25 years, while
in low risk areas, like Auckland,
the time frame is 15 and 35 years.
Building and Construction
Minister Nick Smith says just
like the car industry’s adoption
of safety measures, New Zealand
buildings needed to be made as
safe as possible in quakes.
“Earthquakes are New Zealand’s
biggest natural hazard risk, with
the greatest danger coming from
building failures,” he said on
“These new laws involve an
uncomfortable and inevitable
trade-off between safety and
cost but will save hundreds of
lives in future quakes when fully
implemented.” Dr Smith said the
safety checks could be carried out
less regularly in special cases, such
as for heritage listed buildings and
buildings that are rarely used.
The Government has also set up
an assistance fund to help private
owners of heritage buildings
and is considering whether it
should assist owners in multi-unit
“There has been years of
consideration following the
Dr Smith said.
“Now it ’s time for getting on
with the job.” The Wellington
City Council said the laws will
affect some building owners in the
city but that it had already been
active identifying and issuing
It said 720 Wellington buildings
had been deemed quake-prone
with owners making good
progress on strengthening them.
New Zealand Society of
president Peter Smith welcomed
the laws and the new guidelines
to be used to assess buildings.
“They provide clearer definitions
and more detailed guidance
on ratings, which will make
assessments more consistent,” he
said. — NZN
Baby left in car outside supermarket shocks shopper
NZ First promises to
insulate 530,000 homes
homes have either
insulation and his
party will fix that if
it is part of the next
The NZ First
that would cover all those
“ We will aim to insulate
53,000 homes each year at a
cost of $1000 for each house
which works out at $53
million a year over 10 years,”
he said in a speech to a Grey
“ We will work with the
private sector to deliver the
The Government ’s
Warm Up NZ
programme has so
far insulated about
half the cost of
eligibility are that
the main tenant or
hold a Community
Ser vices Card, or
have a respiratory condition
if their income is just above
Community Card level, or
the house was built before
Last month it was extended
to cover landlords with low
income or high needs tenants.
The programme was due to
end in June last year but it was
extended to the end of 2018.
Former America’s Cup boat builders are
to join rocket scientists in their work on
launching more rockets soon from northern
In May Rocket Lab completed its first test
launch from its site on Mahia Peninsula —
becoming the first orbital-class rocket to lift
off from a private launch site in the world.
Now the rocket maker — on track for a
second test launch in the coming months —
is employing workers involved in the Team
New Zealand campaign for its advanced
“ We’re employing so many people at the
moment it’s hard to keep up,’’ Rocket Lab
founder and chief executive Peter Beck said.
“I know last week in the Monday meeting
I welcomed five new starters.’’ Rocket Lab’s
17m-tall Electron Rocket is made of carbon
fibre similar to that used in Team New
Zealand ’s boat. Last week it was revealed
that 40 workers involved in building the
America’s Cup-winning catamaran last year
had lost their jobs at Southern Spars.
The composites team at the Auckland-
based rocket maker is led by Ben Malcolm,
who worked with Team New Zealand on
the last boat for their cup campaign, in San
Francisco in 2013.
Including contractors and part-timers,
there are about 25 in Rocket Lab’s
composites team, a third of whom had
worked with Team NZ.
Mr Beck said top boat builders could
transfer their skills to the space industry.
“It’s really about craftsmanship. The
America’s Cup is very high end and has
beautiful craftsmanship (but) not all boat
builders would assimilate perfectly into
building into space components,’’ he said.
“ You’ve got to be at the top of your game
to work in the America’s Cup and at the
top of your game to work at Rocket Lab.’’
About 170 people work for Rocket Lab at
its Auckland base, its Mahia launch site
and its corporate headquarters in Los
Mr Beck said data from their first launch
which did not make it into orbit — had
made clear what had gone wrong.
The company and its investors were
confident in the programme and have a
further five rockets in various stages of
Mr Beck said the second test launch
was about two or three months away and
the company hoped to get once-a-month
launches under way as soon as possible.
— N ZM E -Hawke’s Bay Today
Boat builders joining Rocket Lab
The inclusion of a chickenpox vaccine in
the national immunisation schedule is seen
as an opportunity to reduce the impact of
severe disease in New Zealand.
From July, there is funded access to the
varicella vaccine Varilrix for children at their
15-month immunisation visit.
There is also a dose available from GPs for
11-year-olds who have not been vaccinated
or had chickenpox in the past.
Auckland University senior lecturer Dr
Helen Petousis-Harris, who is research
director at the Immunisation Advisory
Centre, says 60,000 New Zealanders are
infected with chickenpox each year.
hospitalised, with some cases resulting
in serious medical complications and
experience has shown that the introduction
of the varicella vaccine can lead to a 70%
reduction in the incidence of severe disease
in vaccinated populations.
She says a critical factor is high coverage,
which will help to develop “herd immunity”
a form of indirect protection from
infection when a large proportion of a
population has become immune.
“Herd immunity helps protect the
most vulnerable — those who cannot be
vaccinated, such as people with cancer and
serious conditions that affect the immune
system — and those who have a limited
response to the vaccine,” she said.
“At the same time, it helps stop
transmission of the virus and protects those
groups who have not been vaccinated.” She
said this meant it was important for parents
to ensure their children were vaccinated on
time. — NZN
Vaccine key to reducing impact of chickenpox
A new threat management
plan to help protect endangered
New Zealand sea lions has been
There are fewer than 12,000
of them left, and the species is
classified as nationally critical.
Government ministers say the
plan sets out a five-year programme
of engagement, targeted research,
direct mitigation and regular
monitoring of all known breeding
“This plan, supported by
Government funding of $2.8
million announced last month,
sets out practical actions and
measures to mitigate threats
to sea lions and will help their
Minister Nathan Guy said.
Conser vation Minister Maggie
Barry says a liaison officer will
be employed to help address the
human threat. — NZ N
New plan to protect sea lions
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