Western Leader : November 25th 2010
3 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 NEWS Get your hands dirty 7630 00124 MIT's Certificate in Horticulture is now available at Unitec Mt Albert or MIT Manukau. Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) • One year (three days a week) • Practical learning • Opportunities for part-time work • Study at Unitec Mt Albert or MIT Manukau. For a complete list of programmes, or for more information contact: 0800 62 62 52 • www.manukau.ac.nz • firstname.lastname@example.org ENROL NOW FOR FEBRUARY Cash sales only PH: 836 0414 256 Swanson Rd Henderson MACCLURES BUILDING CENTRE Prices include GST! We Deliver SLEEPERS 200 x 100 Macrocarpa ................ from $22.00 ea PLYWOOD 1800 x 900 X 12mm Tan .......................$26.00 ea DECKING (Pkt Lots 200m) 100 x 25 Merch Griptread......................$1.40 pm 100 x 25 Premium/Reject...................... $2.30 pm SLEEPE RS Summer Specials 30 Westgate Shopping Centre Ph: 09 831 0230 25% OFF all Christmas products Driven to help others avoid pain of burns By JUSTIN LATIF OPERATION Text HEAL to 4740 to donate $3.00 The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust Courageous: Senior firefighter Russell Kinzett has recovered from the massive burns he received as a baby and now tries to help stop others from having a similar experience. Photo: JUSTIN LATIF SENIOR firefighter Russell Kinzett sees people when their skin is liter- ally falling off their bones. So he s right behind the Operation Heal campaign to buy a high-tech operating microscope for the National Burn Centre. The firefighter also knows what it s like to recover from a massive burns injury. Russell wasn t quite one-year-old when a kettle of boiling water spilled over his face, neck and arms. The scalding left him with severe scars all over his upper body and prompted a torrent of vicious teasing later in life after he started school. It also motivated him to join the Fire Service and work to make sure others wouldn t have to go through the same thing. Growing up, kids were pretty mean, he says. I was called scarface. My objective from then was to help other people who were put in a similar situation. Operation Heal is being run by the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust. It aims to raise $200,000 for the microscope that surgeons will use for plastic and reconstructive surgery. Russell says it s important for people to regain as much normality as possible after sustaining serious burns. A lot of people will benefit from the gear we re trying to raise money for, the father of three says. The 41-year-old has been in the service for 21 years. I really love this job, he says. The comradeship between the guys is like a second family. We are always helping each other out and are never critical of each other. But it definitely gets scary, especially when someone is in a build- ing and you re trying to get them out and the fire is pretty bad. We say goodbye to our wives and kids every morning and we expect to come home -- but one day we might not -- so you ve always got to tread carefully and have your wits about you. Donations can be posted to Oper- ation Heal, Private Bag 92815, Penrose, Auckland 1642. Please make cheques payable to the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Com- munity Trust. People can also bank donations online in The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Com- munity Trust Westpac account num- ber 03 0219 0391544 00. Alternatively text HEAL to 4740 to donate $3. Hear Russell Kinzett tell his story online on our website www.western leader.co.nz IN BRIEF Still in coma A 22-year-old man injured in a street brawl outside a New Lynn party last month remains in a drug-induced coma. The clash broke out after a group of people gatecrashed a 21st birthday party in Riverbank Rd. Up to 100 people, some armed with pieces of wood, were involved in the brawl. At least eight people, including 22-year-old Leighton Wayne Taylor, were treated for injuries. But Mr Taylor has remained in a coma since after suffering serious brain injuries in the brawl. He was found unconscious in nearby Binsted Rd. Detective senior sergeant Stan Brown says police are continuing with their investigation. ''We're still tracking down people we know were at the party,'' Mr Brown says. Call him on 839-0600 or the anonymous Crimestoppers hotline on 0800-555-111 if you can help with the investigation. Two 21-year-old men appeared in the Waitakere District Court charged with assault on November 1. Train info KiwiRail and Auckland Transport are holding an open day this Saturday for travellers to find out more about the electrification of the Auckland rail network. The event, held at Newmarket train station from 10am to 3pm, will also inform residents and commuters about their travel options over the summer construction period. Installation masts will be visible on the Western line next year. Parade clips Thousands of people across the west will be lining the streets to watch Christmas parades over the next few days. We're keen to run a selection of video highlights in our online editions. Email your clip (no longer than two minutes) or YouTube link to Oliver.Li@snl.co.nz and watch this paper for details on when to view them at www.westernleader.co.nz. West gets its share of new officers By STEPHEN FORBES Four out of the 300 extra frontline officers due to walk the beat in New Zealand next year are coming to Waita- kere. Waitakere area com- mander Gary Davey says the new officers will replace existing staff who are leav- ing. There are currently 240 sworn officers in the Waita- kere district. Four police recruits have recently been assigned to Waitakere and they will com- mence duty in February, Mr Davey says. And more sworn staff are expected to be assigned later in the year. He doesn t know yet how many more will be added in 2011. My understanding is there are new numbers coming out but I don t have the figures. Mr Davey says nine new sworn officers have been added to police numbers in west Auckland over the past two years. Police numbers in Counties Manukau have already increased. The 300th new officer started work there in Octo- ber. Police Minister Judith Col- lins says the government will add another 300 frontline officers across New Zealand by December next year, taking the total to 600 new officers since 2008.
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