Western Leader : November 5th 2010
3 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 5, 2010 NEWS Visit our website: www.meandmrsjones.co.nz 60C Glenmall Place, Glen Eden. Ph: 813 1023 ghd Stockists of & La Mode Beauty No.1 Straightening System Worldwide MOROCCANOILTM A revolutionary styling finishing and conditioning hair product... Introducing the power of MOROCCANOILTM A REVOLUTION IN HAIR STRAIGHTENING & CONDITIONING g TM Shareen is Back!! Fireworks injuries fizzle By NICOLA MURPHY Accidents involving fire- works are on the decrease but the New Zealand Fire Service is warning that doesn t mean safety standards can slip. Senior fire risk man- ager George Stephens says people need to be careful when lighting fireworks for Guy Fawkes this weekend. He says families will get more bang for their buck by attending a pub- lic fireworks display. If people need to cele- brate, that s our pre- ferred option, he says. But he says they can still have fun with fire- works at home by taking a few safety precautions. Use a torch to read and follow the instruc- tions on fireworks before using them, Mr Ste- phens says. Never attempt to re- light a firework that hasn t gone off and always keep a bucket of water or a hose handy. Last year saw the lowest number of fire- works-related incidents on record. The Fire Service attended 219 callouts across New Zealand from the time fireworks went on sale until midnight of Guy Fawkes night, far lower than the 1700 they attended in 2006. Firefighters attended 21 callouts on Guy Fawkes night in the Wai- temata region in 2009 compared with 65 in 2006. Henderson senior sta- tion officer Tony Buck- well says law changes and improved education have reduced callouts. I ve been in the job for 20 years and it used to be one of our busiest nights but it s nowhere near that high callout rate now, Mr Buckland says. We ve seen a massive reduction in injuries. The types of fireworks available are far less explosive and powerful than they were before. Board coffers emptied out By STEPHEN FORBES A LAST-MINUTE spend-up by community boards before the supercity election has left the newly elected local boards with no discretionary funding until July next year. But Auckland Council s local board services manager Karen Lyons says the Auck- land Transition Agency instructed by the community boards to allocate the funds. Mrs Lyons says the agency told all community boards to allocate their contestable funding, valued at $51,000 each, by November 1 or face losing it all together. The idea was it would give communities more certainty, that they would have some funding during the transition process, she says. But any community groups who want funding between now and July next year will have to wait. The local boards will have to negotiate and agree with the new council the amount of discretionary funds available as part of the annual plan, Mrs Lyons says. Whau Local Board member and former Avondale Com- munity Board chairman Dun- can MacDonald says some community groups could be left without funding. He says the Avondale Com- munity Board followed the transition agency s instruc- tions. We contacted all the groups that normally applied for the contestable funding and paid them in advance. We received a lot of applications but we couldn t satisfy all of them. Mr MacDonald says there is no doubt some com- munity groups will be looking for funding between now and July next year. But unfortunately if that happens we won t be able to help. Auckland Councillor San- dra Coney says the news is not surprising. We are all finding out about unfortunate decisions by the ATA, she says. Ms Coney says there are a lot of unanswered questions regarding the new council s debt and how much funding it will have available for such shortfalls. So maybe the local boards will have to take that up with the Auckland Council. Waitakere Ranges Local Board chairwoman Denise Yates says she wasn t aware of the lack of discretionary funding available to the new bodies. But she is putting it on the board s agenda for the next meeting. There s not likely to be a lot of extra money floating about, she says. But if that s the case we will have to find some way of helping these guys out. Thieves steal prized walking stick and car Look out: Bill Tobin is keen to find his missing belongings which were stolen along with his car on October 27 outside the Waitakere Superette. Photo: STEPHEN FORBES By STEPHEN FORBES When thieves stole 84-year- old Bill Tobin s car, they got away with more than just his means of getting around. A prized walking stick and diary are among the precious items taken and Mr Tobin wants them back. He went to his local dairy on Township Rd to buy bread and post letters last week He parked outside the Wai- takere Superette and noticed another vehicle pull up beside him and a young man got out. Mr Tobin describes him as a tall Pakeha, of slim build who was wearing a baseball cap backwards. Mr Tobin went about his business, but when he went to leave he got an almighty shock. I came out of the shop and saw my car disappearing around the corner. Mr Tobin wants people to contact the police if they saw anyone matching that description outside the superette at about noon on October 27. The white 1991 Nissan Avenir stationwagon, regis- tration TK9770, has a Blade Runner Boats sign on it. He says while the vehicle was insured and can be replaced, the other items that were inside were far more important to him. Mr Tobin says he s keen to find his walking stick and his other belongings. It was my favourite walk- ing stick, he says. It s very special. It s from China and has a dragon s head on it with a red ball in its mouth. There was also a shoulder bag in the car with my diary in it. The walking stick and the bag were more important than the car. He says the staff at the Waitakere Superette were a great help after his car was stolen, calling the police and taking him home after the theft. Waitakere Superette shop assistant Rageshree Patel says she was as shocked as Mr Tobin, who is a regular customer. He was talking to us and then when he went out into the carpark and his car was gone. We were so surprised because it s never happened around here before. Call the Henderson police on 839-0600 or the anonymous Crimestoppers hotline on 0800-555-111 if you can help.
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