Western Leader : November 12th 2010
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But under its new classification the home will be run by specially trained staff who are able to work more intensively with the young people to improve their behaviour. This will include 24/7 supervision and tailored programmes for youths. Our experience with those supervised group homes opened so far is they are having a positive impact on the young people's behaviour -- and we expect this is the only change those living near the Henderson home will notice,'' Mr Bennett says. It will house no more than five youths for up to six months at a time and at least two trained caregivers will be on site at all times. But Normandy Place resi- dent Robert Johnston says CYF hasn't been up front with local residents about its plans. Mr Johnston says he only heard about the facility through rumours. We feel they've handled it the wrong way,'' Mr Johnston says. They could have told us what they were planning to do.'' The government depart- ment has since agreed to meet with the residents on November 16 to discuss their concerns. But Mr Johnston says it's a bit late. All we want is infor- mation. We just want to know we're safe because we're quite concerned about it.'' Another worried resident, who wanted to remain anony- mous, said he was also con- cerned. There's so much happen- ing behind the scenes,'' he says. If they had told us this was going to happen there wouldn't have been a prob- lem. But we're not getting the whole truth.'' The department is hoping to open the renovated facility next month. Cose drops a 'bomb' on hospice By VANITA PRASAD Good murals: Vaughn 'Cose' Whiu with his graffiti mural on the back of the West Auckland Hospice Shop. Photo: VANITA PRASAD Things just got a little cosier at the West Auckland Hos- pice Op Shop thanks to a young west Auckland graffiti artist. Vaughn Whiu, 16, other- wise known as Cose' (pronounced cosy) has recently completed his com- missioned graffiti mural -- also known as a bomb -- on the back of the store which faces the railway lines. The hospice shop on Railside Ave has been a con- stant target for taggers. West Auckland Hospice chief executive Barbara Wil- liams decided that street art should be embraced rather than painted over. Jill Thompson from hospice service says she has been sur- prised about how the mural has been received. The bomb' has been really popular even with the older community. We have had an 80-year-old gentleman even come along and say how much he enjoyed the work.'' The Henderson High School art student says com- missioned graffiti works give teenagers legitimate avenues to share their art. Kids on the street want something else to do. They want to be doing stuff like this instead tagging on other people's property.'' He hopes this piece will be the first of many. I call it my baby bomb -- it's been a dream come true.'' He says his mother and father got him interested in art and are proud of his work. The Glen Eden resident says he practises his art on canvas at home. His graffiti name Cose comes from his love of kicking back and get- ting cosy''. He says the mural on the back of the hospice shop has taken more than eight hours of work. Mitre 10 donated spray paint for the mural. Can you help: Police hope this man pictured at the train station before the attack can help find the attacker. Young woman attacked By STEPHEN FORBES Police are looking for a man who assaulted a young woman in Glen Eden on October 31. Constable Jason Clee- ton from the Henderson CIB sexual assault team says the attack occurred at about 6.45am. The victim was walk- ing along Glenview Rd at about 6.30am when the offender started fol- lowing her. She con- tinued for about three kilometres along Glen- view Rd, up West Coast Rd, down Great North Rd and back on to Glenview Rd. When the woman got to the intersection with Sarona Ave the offender attacked her from behind, knocking her to the ground. He punched her in the head, she screamed and he fled from the scene. We need to find out who he is,'' Mr Cleeton says. He is described as a Polynesian man in his early 20s and about 1.7 metres tall. Mr Cleeton says the case is a serious concern to police and they are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area and might have seen him. The police are also keen to identify a man, pictured above, who was seen in CCTV footage at the Glen Eden railway station about 20 minutes before the attack. Call constable Jason Cleeton at Henderson police on 839-0604 if you can help.
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