Suspicious blaze at Christchurch council flat

5:59 AM Wednesday Sep 21, 2016

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Police and fire officers are looking into a suspicious blaze at a council flat in Christchurch early today.  Photo / File
Police and fire officers are looking into a suspicious blaze at a council flat in Christchurch early today. Photo / File

Police and fire officers are investigating a blaze at a council flat in Christchurch early today.

Southern Fire Communications shift manager Brent Dunn said firefighters were called to the Spreydon block of four flats about 4.10am.

Fire crews found a fire on the outside wall of a flat and a person suffering from smoke inhalation.

The injured person was treated by ambulance officers at the scene.

Dunn said the Spreydon fire was being treated as suspicious.

Police and fire investigators would return this morning to determine how the fire at the rental property started.

Source : New Zealand Herald

Failed drug test no reason to fire worker

11:10 AM Monday Jul 18, 2016

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Gary McLeod was employed as a truck driver for Envirowaste in Christchurch until a random drug test returned a positive result. Photo / File
Gary McLeod was employed as a truck driver for Envirowaste in Christchurch until a random drug test returned a positive result. Photo / File

A rubbish truck driver who lost his job after he failed a workplace drug test has been awarded $32,300 after he took a claim of unjustified dismissal to the Employment Relations Authority.

Gary McLeod was employed as a truck driver for Envirowaste in Christchurch from January 2013 when, after Easter Weekend in 2015, he was asked to submit a random drug test.

The test returned a positive response for THC -the main mind-altering ingredient found in cannabis – and McLeod was asked to attend a disciplinary meeting.

McLeod said he had attended a party on Easter weekend and he had been drunk, but couldn’t remember smoking cannabis at the party and wondered if the positive result could be by second-hand smoke.

He instructed a lawyer to represent him and submitted a second drug test, which was negative. A second meeting was held and McLeod was subsequently dismissed from his position at Envirowaste for serious misconduct.

At the Employment Relations Authority (ERA), member of the authority Peter van Keulen found Envirowaste did not investigate any of the matters McLeod raised as an explanation for the positive drug test.

“It could quite easily have spoken to Mr McLeod’s wife or other family members who were at the party to determine if he was really so intoxicated he might have memory loss of that evening or whether they saw him smoke cannabis.”

Van Keulen said throughout the disciplinary process Envirowaste had blurred two allegations, that McLeod attended work under the influence of drugs and that McLeod failed a drug test.

Envirowaste’s decision to dismiss McLeod was based on the conclusion that he had been under the influence of drugs at work, a conclusion that was never put to McLeod in a way he could respond to, Van Keulen said.

There were “a myriad of reasons” as to why Envirowaste’s decision to dismiss McLeod was unjustified, he said.

“In short, Envirowaste acted in an inherently unfair manner in dismissing Mr McLeod.”

The company could have exercised discretion and offered McLeod rehabilitation, which may have meant he could keep his job, Van Keulen said.

Since McLeod was dismissed from his job he had become withdrawn, embarrassed and concerned about what people thought of him losing his job. He had accepted a job that paid significantly less than his previous position with Envirowaste, which led to him being in a position where he had to borrow money from his children.

He awarded McLeod be reimbursed $21,306 in lost wages and $11,000 in compensation for his hurt and humiliation.

 

Source : New Zealand Herald

4.1 quake rattles Christchurch

1:24 PM Saturday Jun 4, 2016

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A quake has rattled Christchurch. File photo
A quake has rattled Christchurch. File photo

A magnitude 4.1 quake has struck Christchurch this afternoon.

GeoNet said the moderate 16km-deep earthquake struck 10km northeast of the city at 1.19pm.

 

Source : New Zealand Herald

Página 35 de 366 – Qual é a distância entre Los Angeles e Christchurch?

Distância de Los Angeles para Christchurch

A distancia é 11084 km ou 6888 milhas ou 5985 milhas náuticas
A distância é a distância do ar teórica (grande círculo distância). Voar entre aeroportos dos dois locais pode ser uma distância diferente, dependendo da localização dos aeroportos e via real escolhida.

Mapa – caminho mais curto entre Los Angeles e Christchurch Map – Shortest path between Los Angeles and Christchurch

Localização de Los Angeles
Localização de Christchurch
O mapa é usando uma projeção que faz a terra e oceanos muito mais amplas perto do sul e pólos norte. O título / course / rolamento durante um voo varia na maioria dos casos. Roteiro com base na imagem da NASA.

A posição de Los Angeles
Latitude: 34 ° 03 ‘Norte
Longitude: 118 ° 15 ‘Oeste
posição inicial: 223,4 ° Sudoeste
título final: 231.8 ° Sudoeste
A posição de Christchurch
Latitude: 43 ° 32 ‘Sul
Longitude: 172 ° 38 ‘do leste
posição inicial: 51,8 ° Nordeste
título final: 43,4 ° Nordeste

Los Angeles (U.S.A. – California) Quinta-feira, 4 de Fevereiro de 2016, 01:00:00 PST UTC-8 hours
Christchurch (New Zealand) Quinta-feira, 4 de Fevereiro de 2016, 22:00:00 NZDT UTC+13 hours

Fonte : http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/distanceresult.html?p1=137&p2=951

China Airlines commences Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch services

China Airlines flight CI67 at Christchurch Airport. (Waynne Williams)

China Airlines flight CI67 at Christchurch Airport. (Waynne Williams)

China Airlines has commenced services to Melbourne and Christchurch from its Taipei hub.

Flight CI57, pictured above, touched down at Christchurch Airport just before 1900 local time on Monday evening.

The Skyteam member is operating a Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch routing three times a week with Airbus A330 aircraft. The airline will have local pickup rights on the Melbourne-Christchurch sector.

Melbourne is China Airlines’ fifth city in its Australasian network, with the new flights adding to an existing schedule featuring Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland, Taipei-Sydney-Auckland and Taipei-Sydney-Christchurch services with a combination of A330 and Boeing 747 aircraft. Some NZ services are seasonal.

Melbourne Airport chief executive Lyell Strambi welcomed China Airlines president Chang Yu-Hern, who was on the inaugural flight along with a number of the board members, to Melbourne.

“Attracting new international services such as China Airlines provides exciting new opportunities for Victoria’s tourism industry, as well as strengthening our business, trade and education connections with Taiwan,” Strambi said in a statement.

China Airlines’ published timetable shows CI57 departing Taipei Taoyuan at 2230 on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving at Tullamarine at 1150 the next day. After about 80 minutes on the ground, the flight takes off for Christchurch at 1310, landing at 1830.

The reciprocal CI58 departs Christchurch at 1950 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, arriving in Melbourne at 2140 local time. The A330 then departs for Taipei at 2310, arriving in the Taiwanese capital at 0535 the following morning.

 

Australian Aviation

China Southern launches new service to Christchurch

A China Southern Boeing 787-8. (China Southern)

China Southern will begin year-round scheduled services to Christchurch from its Guangzhou hub from December 2015.

The Skyteam alliance member says it will be the first Chinese carrier to serve NZ’s South Island.

“We are the first Chinese carrier to fly to New Zealand and now carry on that tradition by being the first to fly to the South Island,” China Southern president and chief executive Tan Wangeng said in a statement on Friday.

“Increasing numbers of Chinese arrivals into Christchurch Airport show the demand for the South Island, especially from the growing number of independent travellers who want to see and experience it.”

A China Southern spokesperson told Australian Aviation the first flight was due to take off on December 16, with the service expected three times a week using Boeing 787-8s.

China Southern currently serves Auckland in NZ’s North Island.

The airline’s arrival in Christchurch was flagged in early August, when China Southern senior vice president of global sales Li Dongliang told an aviation conference the airline was in talks with Christchurch Airport and local tourism authorities to launch a new nonstop service from Guangzhou by the end of 2015.

China Southern has flown charter flights to Adelaide, the Gold Coast and Cairns in previous years and these cities could receive scheduled flights at some point in the future, Li said. And the Skyteam member also flew charters to Fiji recently to “test the market”.

Li said the carrier’s current South Pacific network of five cities – Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney – was “far from enough”.

“Our target is to offer flights to all major cities in the South Pacific,” Li told the CAPA – Centre for Aviation Australia Pacific Aviation Summit on August 5.

The new route, which is China Southern’s second destination in New Zealand, was announced by Christchurch Airport on Friday.

Christchurch Airport chief executive Malcolm Johns said the new service would add 70,000 seats a year, support South Island tourism and offer a direct air freight link to China.

“We know from official government statistics that when the entry point is Christchurch every South Island region benefits, because visitors on average leave around 85 per cent of their spending in the South Island,” Johns said in a statement.

“This drops to less than 35 per cent when the entry point is not Christchurch.”

China Southern is also adding extra flights to Australia ahead of the peak summer holiday season.

 

Australian Aviation

China Airlines to launch Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch from October

China Airlines will launch four times weekly service from Auckland to Taipei via Sydney.
A China Airlines Airbus A330.

China Airlines will add a third Australian port to its route network from October when it starts service to Melbourne from its Taipei hub.

The Skyteam member will operate a Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch routing three times a week with Airbus A330 aircraft, with the first flight taking off October 25. China Airlines will have local pickup rights on the Melbourne-Christchurch sector.

China Airlines general manager David Wu said the expansion to Melbourne highlighted the airline’s commitment to the Australia and New Zealand market.

“By the end of 2015 we will be serving five cities in the Australasian region, providing 14 flights a week between Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan,” Wu said in a statement.

Currently, China Airlines flies operates Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland, Taipei-Sydney-Auckland and Taipei-Sydney-Christchurch with a combination of A330 and Boeing 747 aircraft. Some NZ services are seasonal.

Melbourne Airport welcomed China Airline’s move to start service to Tullamarine, noting Taiwan was a growing market.

“This new service means that people travelling to and from Taiwan will have an easier journey as they no longer need to transit through other cities,” Melbourne Airport corporate and public affairs executive Carly Dixon said.

“Victorians will also benefit with access to China Airlines’ extensive global network, including the increasingly popular destinations of Japan and Korea, while also adding another option for travel to Christchurch.”

China Airlines’ published timetable showed CI57 is scheduled to depart Taipei Taoyuan at 2230 on Tuesdays and Sundays, arriving at Tullamarine at 1150 the next day. after 80 minutes on the ground, the flight takes off for Christchurch at 1310, landing at 1830.

The reciprocal CI58 departs Christchurch at 1950 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, arriving in Melbourne at 2140 local time. The A330 then departs for Taipei at 2310, arriving in the Taiwanese capital at 0535 the following morning.

 

Australian Aviation

China Airlines to launch Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch flights

SkyTeam alliance member and Taiwan flag carrier China Airlines will boost its Australian network later this year with the launch of non-stop flights between Melbourne and Taipei, complemented also by new trans-Tasman flights between Melbourne and Christchurch.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from October 27 2015, Melbourne residents can reach Taipei on the new CI58 service – leaving the Victorian capital at 11:10pm to reach Taipei at 5:35am the following morning.

Returning on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, CI57 pushes back at 11:30pm in Taipei to touch down in Melbourne at 11:50am: just in time for lunch on the next calendar day.

You can also hitch a ride solely from Melbourne to Christchurch on CI57, departing at 1:10pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and landing in New Zealand at 6:30pm that evening.

Journeying home from Christchurch on the same days aboard CI58 sees you leaving the gate at 7:50pm and walking to baggage claim at 9:40pm local time in Melbourne, according to AirlineRoute.

While the China Airlines website doesn’t yet list Melbourne among its destinations, flights from Taipei to Christchurch via Melbourne are now open for booking:

Using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft offering both business class and economy, it’s believed that guests at the pointy end and SkyTeam Elite Plus cardholders down the back will have access to Air New Zealand’s lounges in both Melbourne and Christchurch.

The news follows a planned revival of flights between Sydney and Christchurch over the Australian summer, which China Airlines ran on a trial basis the year prior.

China Airlines also flies from Taipei to both Sydney and Brisbane, and onwards from these cities to Auckland year-round.

 

Australian Business Traveller 

China Airlines to resume seasonal Sydney-Christchurch flights

China Airlines to resume seasonal Sydney-Christchurch flights

Taiwanese flag carrier and SkyTeam member China Airlines will recommence its Sydney-Christchurch flights after a successful ‘trial run’ across the ditch this past summer.

Stretching to almost five months, the services will run on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays in each direction between November 3 2015 and March 25 2016.

Operated as an extension of the airline’s existing Taipei-Sydney flights, passengers can travel solely between Sydney and Christchurch without travelling onward to Taiwan.

With both business class and economy aboard the airline’s A330s, CI55pushes back at 12:40pm in Sydney to reach Christchurch at 5:45pm that afternoon, while on the return, CI56 is wheels-up at 7:15pm – touching down in Sydney at 8:30pm before continuing home to Taipei.

“The Taipei-Sydney-Christchurch service last summer was our most successful sector on our global network at that time, so it was an easy decision to expand the service next summer,” said Shirley Yang, China Airlines’ New Zealand Branch General Manager.

“We expect to see increases in what we experienced last summer: East Asian travellers using the service to get to the South Island, as well as the Sydney connection being used by many travellers, including New Zealanders and Australians,” she added.

Business class passengers and SkyTeam Elite Plus cardholders can stop by the new SkyTeam lounge at Sydney Airport for a pre-flight drink…

… while the Air New Zealand Koru lounge awaits in Christchurch before the flight home.

China Airlines also flies from both Sydney and Brisbane to Auckland year-round.

Australian Business Traveller

Qantas boosts Auckland flights in July

Qantas boosts Auckland flights in July

 

Qantas will run an extra 21 return flights across the Tasman to cater for strong demand over the mid-year peak school holiday period.

Between July 3 and 19, an extra six return flights will run between Sydney and Auckland (QF181/180), with an additional one-way service on July 5.

Brisbane also picks up four return services across the pond, running as QF119/120 between Auckland and the Queensland capital on July 4, 11, 12/13 and 18.

“New Zealand is a key market for Qantas,” said Qantas Executive Manager International Sales Stephen Thompson. “We now operate a more dynamic flying schedule across the Tasman, which means we can increase our flights when there’s demand and reduce them during quieter periods.”

Like other Qantas flights across the Tasman, the additional services will run on Boeing 737-800 aircraft, offering both business class and economy.

Female business class travellers on flights departing after 6pm are provided with a Kate Spade amenity kit, while the gents receive a similar Jack Spade pouch:

Pointy end passengers are also offered either Jacquart Cuvee Brut Mosaique NV, Champagne Duval-Leroy Brut NV or Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV Champagne to accompany their Neil Perry-devised meals.

Australian Business Traveller