Western Leader : December 21st 2010
3 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 21, 2010 NEWS Twenty20 International Eden Park -- Boxing Day 2pm NZC/SNL/211210 THE ONLY INTERNATIONAL CRICKET TOUR FOR A VERY, VERY LONG TIME V PAKISTAN THE NATIONAL BANK SERIES Thefts prompt advice By STEPHEN FORBES POLICE are urging people to take extra care when they head off for their summer holidays after a spate of bur- glaries in west Auckland. In recent weeks Waitakere police have arrested a large number of people for burglar- ies within the area,'' area commander inspector Gary Davey says. He says in many cases the public has played an import- ant role in reporting sus- picious behaviour which has led to officers catching the offenders. But Mr Davey says it is important that people remain vigilant. One of the greatest tools to prevent burglaries and thefts are your neighbours,'' he says. Get to know your neighbours, advise them when you will be away, have them park their vehicles in your driveway, hang washing on your line and get them to report anything suspicious.'' He says taking simple steps can ensure you don't come back to find your house has been ransacked. Mr Davey says during sum- mer people tend to leave their windows and doors open. But he says it is important that intruders can't gain access to your property, even if you are home. Put away any ladders, chairs or any other items which could assist a burglar getting into your house. Keep hedges and trees trimmed because they pro- vide cover for offenders, Mr Davey says. Ensure packaging from new items isn't left in a vis- ible spot on the side of the road for the rubbish collec- tion. Instead fold up the boxes with the labelling on the inside and put them out on the day of the collection. He says people should also remember to record the serial numbers on their property. This helps the police identify the rightful owners of stolen goods they have recovered. New Zealand Post spokes- man Sohail Choudhry says burglars often look for signs a home is unoccupied, such as mail and newspapers build- ing up in the mail box. Mr Choudhry says householders should put their mail on hold and cancel newspapers before heading away. New Zealand Post offers a Hold My Mail service which can be set up by visiting www.nzpost.co.nz/receiving- mail/hold-mail or any Post- Shop. Mr Davey also encour- ages people to join Neigh- bourhood Support. Call 834-5815 or go to www.nswaitakere.org.nz. Lesley's spreading her wings By CATHERINE HEALY Taking time: Lesley King has retired from Henderson's Phoenix House after 24 years. She has practised as a psychotherapist, psychologist, counsellor and mentor. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY Listening to others share their troubles may not sound like a fulfilling way to spend your days. But Lesley King has loved every part of her career as a psychologist and psycho- therapist. Last week she retired after 24 years helping peo- ple with conditions ranging from anxiety and depression to relationship problems and recovery from trauma. I have met some lovely clients who I still have warm spots in my heart for,'' she says. Seeing someone fly is absolutely amazing. That path is fantastic -- knowing that they're away, that they're going to be able to deal with life like everyone else.'' The former chair of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists helped found Phoenix House in Henderson, the first private counselling and psycho- therapy service in west Auckland, in 1986. At that time there was little else available. She also ran Happier Parenting courses. My clients frequently say I wish I'd done this years ago.' They say psycho- therapy is something every- one should have -- not just those who've been through trauma. Life's for living fully. People shouldn't hold back or be frightened.'' When she started with Phoenix House Lesley didn't believe anyone would want to see her for advice. When I was young I thought it would be incred- ible to do something like this, but that I'd never be able to do it. That's partly because I knew the training would unpackage my own life. You have to go through your own counselling before you can counsel others. I know how it feels. I know it can be shaming. But it's a great thing when the person who's heard you says they don't think it's shaming at all, and you've every right to feel upset.'' Lesley worked as a school psychologist but felt that Phoenix House was a more interesting challenge -- one for which she would need to study psychotherapy. I realised I didn't have all the skills to help people make changes in their lives. Psychotherapy gives people those techniques. It helps people uncover what it is that's getting in their way -- sometimes it's something from the past, but not always.'' A career highlight was teaching on AUT's psycho- therapy course -- the first of its kind in the country. She also received a dis- tinguished service award from her professional body this year. Lesley says she's looking forward to being retired and spending time with her grandchildren. For 24-hour phone counselling over the holidays call Lifeline on 522-2999. Waitakere crash victim named Police have released the name of the 22-year-old man who died when the car he was driving hit a power pole on Waitakere Rd at 1.10am on Saturday morning. Samuel Griffiths of Waimauku was the sole occu- pant of the vehicle and died at the scene. Police are investigating the cause of the crash. Power was cut in the area until around 8am Saturday morning.
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