Western Leader : December 14th 2010
www.westernleader.co.nz Tuesday, December 14, 2010 We wish all our clients a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2011 Consultants a advice on pr ss locally & Ralph Hendricks 836 9310 Our Advertising C Avondale New Lynn Green Bay Blockhouse Bay are here to offer you any a promoting your busines &Aucklandwide. Te Atatu Swanson/Ranui Hobsonville Massey Shannon Jones 836 9300 Glendene Henderson Central Motoring Charles Pierard 836 9302 Education & Features Consultant Titirangi Glen Eden Katrina Larsen 836 9306 Walking to save kids Stepping out: Kate Medlicott and her boyfriend Tim Geaney start out from Bluff on their journey to raise awareness about the sexual exploitation of children. By NICOLA MURPHY MOST university students want to spend their summer holidays relaxing. But Kate Medlicott and her boyfriend Tim Geaney are walking the length of New Zealand to raise awareness and funds for a charity pro- tecting children. They left from Bluff last month and are now in Clar- ence, Marlborough. Both plan to arrive at Cape Reinga in February and esti- mate they will have covered 2300 km and taken five million steps each to get there. Kate is from Massey and planned the journey after hearing children's psycho- therapist Serafin Dillon talking on television about her research on the sexual exploitation of children in New Zealand. The 21-year-old contacted Ending Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Child Trafficking for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) and put her idea of walking New Zea- land to them. They were really excited,'' Kate says. The pair started training immediately, going for 10km walks every weeknight and walking 40km on weekends. Fitness-wise it wasn't a problem but we found it diffi- cult to fit into our schedules,'' she says. The social work student also got sick just before they were due to leave for Bluff to begin the first leg of the journey. It was really windy and we had moments of thinking, Why are we doing this?''' she says. Their feet are now covered in blisters. But motivation returns when they remind each about the cause. We've been chugging along ever since.'' They say people have been really helpful during their trip. We've been really lucky to have people putting us up for the night,'' Kate says. Stepfather Taime Tagaloa says he's proud of Kate for getting involved in something she feels strongly about. We thought it was crazy in the beginning but we're 100 percent behind her.'' Kate says people are sur- prised when she tells them the reason behind the walk. They say, Is child por- nography a problem in New Zealand?' And we tell them the figures.'' The Internal Affairs Department's digital child exploitation filtering system blocked over one million requests to objectionable websites in its two-year trial period ending in 2009. ECPAT national director Alan Bell says he appreciates what the pair is doing. We're really excited and we really admire them for what they're doing,'' Mr Bell says. It's a huge undertaking.'' All funds raised will go towards ECPAT's youth awareness programme. Visit http://takeastep. ecpat.org.nz for more inform- ation about the trip. Level of violence shocks cop's workmates Vicious attack: Highway patrol officer Bruce Mellor was badly beaten after stopping a stolen car. By CATHERINE HEALY Friends and colleagues of Bruce Mellor are horrified by the vicious beating the former Waitakere traffic officer received in Taihape on Saturday. Senior constable Mellor was attacked after stopping a vehicle that was driving erratically. He is in a stable but serious condition in Palmerston North hospital. Former Waitakere police district commander Ross Dallow says Mr Mellor is a credit to the service. He's a very quiet, unas- suming fellow,'' the Henderson-Massey local board member says. It's been quite a shock to see what's happened. It's an attack that makes you won- der about the world we live in. I know from the number of calls I've had about this that people are shocked by the level of violence.'' Mr Mellor was a traffic officer and became part of Henderson police when the traffic safety service merged with the police in 1992. He worked there until moving to work in Waiouru in 2004. Former detective inspector Bert White worked with Mr Mellor at Henderson police and says he is a well- regarded officer. It's a totally cowardly, barbaric attack on him as an individual, on police and society. But justice will be done and we wish Bruce a speedy and full recovery. I've had some contact with him since he's been in hos- pital. He's got a great spirit,'' he says. He's a decent, genuine individual.'' Mr Mellor sustained serious injuries to his head and body and required sur- gery. Police Association presi- dent Greg O'Connor says he would like to see officers patrolling in pairs. We accept it's inevitable that police work by them- selves sometimes, particu- larly in remote areas. But a case should have to be made to work solo, rather than the other way around. It's also essential that police are armed. They need to be at least as well armed as the offenders,'' he says. An 18-year-old male has been charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, assault and attempted arson of the motor vehicle. He remains in police custody. A 14-year-old boy has been charged with unlawfully get- ting into a motor vehicle, assault and attempted arson of the motor vehicle. He has been taken into CYFS cus- tody. Both were due to appear in Whanganui District Court on Monday. Go online to view Kate and Tim's latest video blog at www.western leader.co.nz.
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