Western Leader : November 16th 2010
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Arrest warrant Do you know where to find Joshua James Hogan? Hogan has an outstanding warrant for his arrest for breach of parole and is described as a high risk offender. Call the Henderson police on 839-0782 if you know his whereabouts. Parade cancelled The West Harbour Rotary Parade, scheduled for December 6, has been cancelled due to lack of participants. Parade organiser Carol Cox says the decision to cancel the parade has been hard but she is optimistic the parade will run next year. Study boost Massey High School awarded the inaugural John Ritchie Memorial Scholarship at its senior prizegiving last Wednesday. Amy George won $500, which will be used to help fund further studies. John Ritchie was the owner of Ritchies bus company and passed away in July. He was a member of the Waitakere Rotary Club, which gave the scholarship to the school. Fundraiser for fire victim By NICOLA MURPHY Heart break: Artist Roderick Burgess, seen here with the sculpture he created of Sir Keith Park, lost much of life's work in a fire at his home. ARTIST Roderick Burgess lost his life s work when his home was gutted by fire last month. The Waitakere fire was not suspicious and was caused by the casting process used to make sculptures. Mr Burgess was uninsured and is too distraught to speak about the fire. But now his friend Naomi Wright is helping Mr Burgess rebuild his life by organising a fundraising event for the artist. The Westpac Westgate Sculptor s Rescue Fund Action evening is on Saturday at 7pm. Th event is being held at Waitakere Hall, Bethells Rd and will include an auction of works by a variety of prominent artists who have donated pieces. Waitakere s pro voce a cap- pella choir and the Vivian Burgess Barok Trio are performing on the night. Ms Wright says it is great that artists including Terry Stringer, Jim Wheeler and Grant Kenny have contri- buted work for the cause. Roderick has never hesitated to help others, she says. This is a way the com- munity and his friends can help him start to rebuild his life. Mr Burgess lost marquet- tes, moulds, family heirlooms and the few remaining mementos of his son Alan who died of leukaemia at the age of 12. He hit the artistic jackpot when he was chosen by British philanthropist Terry Smith to sculpt a statue of Sir Keith Park, Air Vice- Marshall in the Battle of Britain. He spent a year working on the designs and had to bor- row heavily to survive. But last year the West- minster City Council s public art advisory panel said any public piece of art needed to go through an open selection process. He came third and the final statue was created by British sculptor Les Johnson. Mr Burgess has made vari- ous sculptures around west Auckland including a bronze arch at Falls Park in Hender- son. Ms Wright says he has been overwhelmed at the support from the community. Tickets for the fundraiser are $35 and include refreshments, entertainment and a raffle. These can be bought at the door or by calling Ms Wright on 027-383-7178. To make a donation, con- tact Ms Wright. Rise in suspicious fires does not raise service's alarm By NICOLA MURPHY There were more than 50 sus- picious fires lit in west Auck- land last month, nearly double the number over the same period in 2008. National manager for arson reduction Peter Wilding says it s normal to see an increase in arson fires around this time because of Guy Fawkes and the econ- omic slump. There were 52 unlawfully lit fires in west Auckland from October 4 to October 31. Those figures are up from 27 in 2008 and 38 in 2007. There are no statistics for that period in 2009 because paid firefighters were on strike. Last year there were 322 suspicious fires in west Auck- land. There have been 410 so far this year. Mr Wilding says the Fire Service is not concerned about the increase. It s only a small section of statistics, he says. Senior fire safety investi- gator Ray Coleman has investigated a number of fires in west Auckland recently, including an arson at Geoff s Emporium on Lincoln Rd in August and the fire at the school at Hoani Waititi marae in Glen Eden last month. He has noticed more in- cidents than usual lately. After a relatively quiet period, the statistics have started to go up again, he says. He says this is mainly due to the change in season. Now that it s warmer people are staying out later than they were a few months ago. We start to get a few more scrub fires and barbecues are being used more. He says adults are just as likely as youths to start fires. There are times when mis- chief is envisaged without realisation of the conse- quences, he says. Avondale senior station officer Matt Camplin says arson fluctuates depending on the time of year. Mr Camplin says fire investigations are more scien- tific now and often lead to convictions.
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