Western Leader : January 13th 2011
3 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 13, 2011 NEWS 2757852AA Now at 220 Universal Drive extension (Off Central Park Drive), Henderson Ph: 836 0029 ALL HOURS Morrison Funeral Directors Family owned and operated Office, Chapel & Reception lounges 79 Line Road, Glen Innes Ph: 521 3100 EYE EXAM* ½ PRICE *Discount applies to full adult exam fee Westgate Optometrists, PH: 831-0202 Westgate Shopping Centre, Massey, opposite ANZ Full Exam fee to be paid if taking prescription away *Other conditions apply. Expires 31.01.11 Please bring this ad with you 3162079AD IN BRIEF Dairy robbed Police investigating the aggravated robbery of a dairy in Massey's Royal Rd last week are seeking help from the public. A man entered the Komal Superette at 1pm on January 3 and threatened the shopkeeper with a black handgun and demanded money. He then fled, running across Royal Rd and into Moire Park. Contact detective sergeant Murray Free on 839-0629 with any information on the incident. Motorway blocked Emergency services worked hard to clear the scene of an accident on Auckland's north western motorway on Sat- urday afternoon after a car rolled and blocked traffic. The affected lanes were reopened just after 5.30pm. Police say the occupants of the vehicle suffered moderate injuries. Happy ending A 68-year-old man who was reported missing late last week was found safe and well at the weekend. The man had gone for a walk at noon on Friday from a New Lynn address. He suffers from memory loss and police put out an alert to try to find him. Police say he was found on Saturday staying with friends. Witnesses sought The Henderson police traffic unit is looking for witnesses to a serious car accident at the intersection of Swanson, Great North and Lincoln roads on December 14. The crash happened at 8.30am when one vehicle collided side on with another. The occupants of one of the cars had to be cut out by emergency services and two people were taken to hospital. Police say no one suffered serious injuries. ''It was at a very busy intersection, with plenty of traffic so someone must have seen it,'' constable Dan Steele says. Contact Mr Steele on 839-0600 with any information. Pony club rears up over land grab plan By STEPHEN FORBES A PLAN by the NZ Transport Agency to build a construc- tion yard on land occupied by the Te Atatu Pony Club is facing strong opposition. The agency says it needs the site for its work on the western ring route. NZ Transport Agency spokesman Tommy Parker says the project will involve significant improvements to State Highway 16 and the Te Atatu interchange. And the Harbourview- Orangihina site is perfect for the agency's needs, he says. But Te Atatu Pony Club president Wendy Roigard says the group has occupied the land for the past 40 years and the government depart- ment needs to look for alternatives. Mr Parker says the agency needs the site for up to five years while work on the western ring route is com- pleted. There is a requirement for suitably located construction yards in order to carry out this work safely and with minimum disruption. This proposed location ensures minimum disruption to traffic movements on Te Atatu Rd. It protects bird roosting areas that are close to the motorway and avoids the club's buildings and carrel areas.'' Mrs Roigard outlined her concerns in a submission to the NZ Transport Agency last year. We are one of only four remaining urban pony clubs within the Auckland region,'' she says. We are concerned that we have not been consulted about the location of the con- struction yard and any dis- cussion on alternative locations for the yard or pony club. The proposed location breaks our land in two.'' Henderson-Massey Local Board chairwoman Vanessa Neeson wants the pony club to stay operating from the site. We need to find some way forward with the NZ Trans- port Agency so they can stay there and can be compen- sated.'' Mr Parker says he's keen to find a solution with the club and the council and says alternative sites are being considered. But because these locations are not included in the current application any alternatives will need separ- ate resource consents.'' Mr Parker says any final agreement with the club and the council will include an agreed environmental man- agement plan and compen- sation for use of the land. The NZ Transport Agency has accepted a suggestion from the pony club regarding the layout of the yard,'' Mr Parker says. It is working through that suggestion with the club and Auckland Council and hopes to reach an agreement with all parties soon.'' Special pendant stolen Sad loss: Heike Winkelbauer is desperate to get back a pendant that was stolen from her home. It contains some of her mother's remains. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY By CATHERINE HEALY Stolen pendant: A sketch of the missing locket. Auckland Museum conser- vator Heike Winkelbauer has no qualms about deal- ing with bones or ancient remains. When her mother passed away in Germany after a battle with cancer in 2003, Mrs Winkelbauer wanted to take a memento of her back to her new home in New Zealand. I knew a goldsmith who made a special locket for me which is hollow,'' she says. When a person is cremated there are tiny pieces of bone that remain. I kept 36 pieces after my mother was cremated and put them inside the locket.'' The large koru-shaped locket became her most precious piece of jewellery. When Mrs Winkelbauer's home in Huia was broken into last month she was devastated to discover the locket had been taken. Police were able to recover most of her possessions and they have been returned to her. But the pendant and two rings are still missing. It means a lot to me. It is very distinct. It is silver with a gold-coloured koru on each side. On one side the koru stands up, and on the other it is punched in. There is a gold plug in the top which seals it. When you shake it you can hear the bones rattling around inside.'' Mrs Winkelbauer says the thieves did not take the chain the locket was on. If anyone sees it I just hope they have some com- passion and get in touch. My mother was such an amazing person, she was a friend as well as a mother. The thought of it being in someone else's possession is so upsetting.'' Call the anonymous Cri- mestoppers hotline 0800-555-111 if you have any information about the locket.
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