Western Leader : February 4th 2011
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Retaining 150 x 50 H4 Sawn ..............$4.00 pm incl gst Decking 100 x 25 Tan Merch from .....$1.30 pm incl gst Fencing H3 1.8m pailings ...................$2.55 ea incl gst Fast Set Concrete 25kg ......................$10.95 ea incl gst Cement Holcim 25kg ..........................$10.10 ea incl gst Nails 100 x 40 galv falt 5kg ................$28.75 per box incl gst Gun nails 90 Galv 3000 + gas ............$149.50 per box incl gst Media warned on case The media reporting the case of a mother facing 36 charges of abus- ing her nine-year-old daughter have been reminded to report matters fairly by a judge in the Waitakere District Court this week. Lorraine Smith, the lawyer for the woman, whose name has been suppressed, asked Judge Lisa Tremewan to give a judicial warning to the media, to protect against inflammatory reporting of the case. Judge Tremewan told the media she wished to highlight the wom- an s right to a fair trial, and said the media was reminded of the obligation to report the case fairly. She agreed to postpone the woman s next court date for six weeks. She said the postponement was to give the police more time to file important affidavits from witnesses, including Child Youth and Family and other agencies that worked with the family last year. Judge Tremewan said it was important for the woman s lawyers to see the police s evi- dence and discuss it with her before it could be determined whether or not the case would go to trial. The woman will next appear in court on March 16. Judge Tremewan said she has already refused bail for the woman, but said there is a right to revisit this if there has been a change of circumstances. Last month, the nine-year-old s father, who also has name sup- pression, pleaded not guilty to three charges of abusing the girl, and her seven-year-old brother. Boards call for more funding By STEPHEN FORBES Local boards are calling for more money as they look at their pro- visional budgets for the year. The former Waitakere city area is now represented by four boards, Whau, Henderson-Massey, Waita- kere Ranges and Upper Harbour. Each of them will be provided with an annual budget by the Auck- land Council to pay for local services, facilities and events. But exactly how much each board gets in funding is still up for dis- cussion, as the council counts down to this month s release of its first draft annual plan. Whau Local Board chairman and former Waitakere city councillor Derek Battersby says there is some concern about the meagre budgets earmarked for the new boards. Mr Battersby says the Whau board has a draft budget of $9.3 million which will be used to fund everything from libraries to parks. They are still working on the figures, Mr Battersby says. And that s provisional. I think it s rather light. Upper Harbour board chairman Brian Neeson agrees. I m not too sure what the process or formulas are they are using for it, he says. But I think a lot of people expected more than we got. The Upper Harbour Local Board has a provisional budget of $8.1m, while the Waitakere Ranges Local Board has a draft budget of $7.5m. Henderson-Massey Local Board chairwoman Vanessa Neeson shares her husband s concerns. She says her draft budget is cur- rently $29m, and says while it sounds like a lot the local board rep- resents a massive area. But Auckland Council local board services manager Karen Lyons says there s a long way to go before the final figures are signed off in late June. Missing goods: The blimp and trailer stolen from Skyworks Aerial Photography Auckland. Upset: Laingholm photographer Carole Ritchie is keen to find the thieves who stole her aerial photography blimp and a trailer last month. Photo: STEPHEN FORBES Theft foils photo firm By STEPHEN FORBES A LIGHT-FINGERED thief has left photographer Carole Ritchie out of work and looking for answers. The Laingholm resident runs her own business specialising in aerial photography. Miss Ritchie has owned the com- pany for six years and photographs everything from real estate to road- ing. On January 16 she left for work and stopped to collect the blimp she uses to suspend her camera in the air and the six metre-long trailer that carries it. But when she arrived at the yard in New Lynn s Portage Rd where her equipment was stored she found it had been stolen. I couldn t believe it, she says. Miss Ritchie reported it to police and then started knocking on doors to see if she could track it down. She says staff from two nearby businesses told her they had seen the trailer being towed on January 15 by a matt-black jeep with raised suspension. A mechanic mentioned seeing it because it was an unusual vehicle, she says. It had been modified and that s what he noticed. Then on January 22 a resident in Massey s Chamberlain Rd called her to say the blimp, which has Miss Ritchie s phone number emblazoned on its side, had landed at his property. Miss Ritchie believes the blimp was probably released by the thieves in the Glen Rd area in Ranui. I think it would have only gone a couple of kilometres, she says. Miss Ritchie says the blimp was damaged beyond repair and will cost at least $5000 to replace. A new trailer would cost $20,000. The blimp had spraypaint on it and Miss Ritchie suspects the thieves may have painted the trailer. I m pretty depressed about it, she says. I just want to get the trailer back. At least I would be able to get another blimp and start working again. Warren Strand of New Lynn police is keen to help Miss Ritchie recover the trailer. It s her livelihood so it s a ter- rible thing to happen to her. Contact Mr Strand on 826-2454 or call the anonymous Crimestoppers hotline on 0800-555-111 if you can help the police with their inquiries.
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