Western Leader : November 23rd 2010
3 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 23, 2010 NEWS Call 0800 BLINDS 254637 www.homevisionblinds.co.nz Up to RRP OFF 60% BLINDS! BLINDS! BLINDS! Vertical • Venetian • Sunscreen • Wooden • Roller FOR FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Sport Waitakere thanks the following sponsors for their generous support: Unitec, Canam Construction, Douglas Pharmaceuticals, Ed Johnston & Co Barristers & Solicitors, Foster Signs, Italian Stone, Lineset Design & Print, The Lion Foundation, Steinlager, Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust, Vision Rentals Ltd, Auckland Council, Western Leader, Sealed Air, Marac, West City Holden Congratulations to joint winners of the Unitec Supreme Award Michael and Linda Lainchbury (archery) w w w.sportwaitakere.co.nz 3002357AD Archers on target at sports awards Champion couple: Michael and Linda Lainchbury from the Massey Archery Club with the Sport Waitakere Koru Supreme Award. Photo: STEVEN NEVILLE/AUCKLAND SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY By TUREI MACKEY AN ARCHERY couple from West Harbour have struck double success again after taking the supreme award at the Sport Waitakere Koru Awards last week. Michael and Linda Lain- chbury are the first joint winners of the supreme award in the event s 14-year history. Both also picked up sportsman and sportswomen of the year. It tops off an amazing 12 months for the pair who both won world titles at the world indoor archery competition in Argentina and world outdoor archery championships in Germany. It is a fantastic result for what is seen as a minority sport to win tonight, Michael says. We are very committed to our sport and to each other, so it is nice to be recognised. Michael said he had an ink- ling that they would win when MC Neil Waka declared two athletes had won the overall award but Linda was still a little unsure. Even then I didn t know we had won, she says. It was only when our sport s name came up on the big screen that I realised we had. It was just unbelievable. Linda says the couple s competitive spirit is the reason behind so much suc- cess in their chosen disci- pline. If he thinks I m slightly better then he will step it up and if he is improving more than me then I will train even harder, she says. We know by doing that we are helping each other and I think that helps in our ulti- mate goal of winning titles. But Linda had to concede defeat in the public speaking arena after Michael delivered an entertaining ad-lib after winning sportsman of the year. He wrecked my speech, she laughs. I had mine all planned and ready in case I won and he got up and gave his off the cuff. Despite their success both were still focused on training, and working, for their next goal -- the world bowhunter championships in Australia next April. We are self-employed with our own digital printing store, so need to get back to work as well as get back to training. WINNERS Sport Waitakere's Sporting Excellence Koru Awards: Official of the year: Phil Heremia -- Basketball Pacific Island achievement in sport: McKenzie Tuala-Pine -- Karate Maori achievement in sport: Danielle Barry -- Badminton Volunteer service to sport: Noel Kay -- Surf Life Saving Administrator of the year: Eleanor Simmons -- Netball Coach of the year: Steve Caine -- Football Team of the year: Piha A Boat crew -- Surf Life Saving Club of the year: Suburbs New Lynn cricket club -- Cricket Junior sportsman of the year: Ethan Martens - Motocross Junior sportswoman of the year: Elizabeth Lamb -- Athletics Masters sportsperson of the year: Gordon Fletcher -- Indoor rowing Sportsman of the year: Michael Lainchbury -- Archery Sportswoman of the year: Linda Lainchbury -- Archery Supreme overall winner: Michael and Linda Lainchbury -- Archery Sporting achievement of the decade: Malili Muliaina -- Rugby Pair guilty of support fraud A west Auckland couple were sentenced in the Wai- takere District Court last week after being found guilty of making false claims for carer support for their disabled child. The Ministry of Health s audit and compliance unit says Marcus Rhind and Hawley Dawson defrauded the government department of over $25,000 between October 2003 and January 2010 . The couple claimed carer support payments for their son for more than six years until the Ministry of Health picked up anomalies in their claims as part of a routine audit. Rhind pleaded guilty to 19 charges of dishonestly using a document to obtain pecuniary advantage and was sentenced to six months imprisonment. Dawson pleaded guilty to 20 charges and was sentenced to six months community detention with an 8pm to 7am curfew, seven days a week. She will also have to undergo counselling and 18 months supervision and have to pay reparations of $12,863.25. Carer support is a subsidy funded by the Ministry of Health and District Health Boards. The payments are designed to assist the unpaid fulltime carer of a person with a disability to take a break from caring for that person. But parents, step-parents and adoptive parents are not able to claim for care they provide. Michael Moore from the Ministry of Health s audit and compliance unit says such offending diverts funds from families who really need it. While it s good news that this couple was caught out, it s disappointing that yet again, we have an example of people ripping the system off while others miss out. He says the unit is deter- mined to track down individuals who defraud the system. This conviction shows that fraudulent claims will not be tolerated. Ministry of Health has a fraud hotline for members of the public to call if they suspect anyone is abusing the system. Call 0800-424-888. Tamihere adjusting to life on outside By STEPHEN FORBES The family of David Tamihere, convicted in 1990 of murdering two Swedish tourists, are focusing on help- ing him get used to living in society again. He was bailed to live at an address in Glen Eden last week after serving a 20-year sentence for the murder of Urban Ho ¨ glin and his fiance ´e Heidi Paakkonen. They dis- appeared in 1989. David Tamihere s brother John says the family doesn t want to speak with the media and are focusing on helping him get used to life outside of prison. What I m grateful for is the neighbours. While they weren t sympathetic, they didn t condemn him. A woman living near Tamihere says she heard he was in the neighbourhood from her daughter who heard the news at school. She says she would have liked some warning. David Tamihere was given a life sentence in 1990 after being found guilty of the murders of Heidi Paa- kkonen and Urban Hoglin. He has always maintained his innocence.
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