Western Leader : February 17th 2011
3 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 17, 2011 NEWS 3 Do you want to know how to build, fix and maintain computers? Get Qualified! New Zealand School of Education Enjoy hands-on training? No experience? No problem! NZSE have open entry criteria for most programmes Call us NOW 0800 99 88 11 International Students Inquiries Welcome • 14 week Certi cate in Computer Servicing • 32 week Diploma in Computing • Diploma in Advanced Computer Science - Level 7 Text 021 556 534 3033 Great North Rd, New Lynn, Auckland email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.nzse.ac.nz Enrolling for 2011 Strong support for Harawira at Te Tai Tokerau hui Strong sentiments were shared at a hui in Henderson last weekend when more than 100 people were addressed by Maori Party MP Hone Harawira at his Te Tai Tokerau electorate office. Maori elder Selwyn Muru says people travelled from around the country to attend. Te Tai Tokerau covers the area from Cape Reinga to west Auckland. Mr Muru says there was a lot of outrage and sorrow at the hui with many voters say- ing they no longer trust the Maori Party. You can t help but get really angry when your own people are working against you, Mr Muru says. As soon as they entered Cabinet the mana of their positions became their focus, not their people. He says there was unani- mous opposition at the hui to the Marine and Coastal Area Bill which the Maori Party has signalled its support for. As far as we are con- cerned, this is one of the last land grabs. He says there was strong support for a hikoi being organised by members of the Maori Council to walk from Northland to Parliament to oppose party leaders Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia s ongoing support of the bill. I have talked to an ex- World War Two veteran who is so angry he s said he will roll his wheelchair from Northland to Parliament to protest against this bill if that is what it will take, he says. The Maori Council s proposed hikoi could happen within the next month. Mr Muru believes support remains strong for Mr Harawira in Te Tai Tokerau. There is a lot of sorrow at the hui for the only man who was trying to represent the people -- the one carrying the conscience of the race. The Te Tai Tokerau MP has indicated that he will not leave the party despite being suspended from the party caucus last week by co- leaders Dr Sharples and Mrs Turia. His mother Titewhai Harawira, a New Zealand Maori Council executive member, lashed out at Maori Party leaders this week. His suspension came ahead of a formal disciplin- ary hearing regarding a complaint laid by Te Ururoa Flavell. Mr Harawira, Dr Sharples and Mrs Turia have said they are unable to comment further. Full bellies for mums Belly fillers: Toni Powse, Lynda Schoen with Ruby, 21 months, and Jacqui Ritchie are part of Bellyful, a non-profit organisation providing meals for other mums. By CATHERINE HEALY SLEEP deprivation, endless nappies and constant feeding can leave new mums feeling exhausted and hopeless. But the non-profit organis- ation Bellyful is here to help them out. Jacqui Ritchie and her neighbour Toni Powse founded the organisation so that women could help out other mums by delivering home-cooked meals. Being a mum is really hard. Whether you re staying at home or working there are huge sacrifices, Mrs Ritchie says. We fundraise by having a cake-stall and buy ingredients, then have a cookathon and fill the chest freezer. When we get referrals from midwives, Plunket, GPs and the public one of our volunteers drives over and drops off a couple of meals to the mum who needs them, she says. There is no charge for the service -- something many Bellyful recipients find hard to believe at first. It s done on a needs basis. We ask about the person s situation. It s aimed at mothers who have no friends or family nearby to support them, Mrs Ritchie says. It s not just for people on really low incomes. Mrs Powse says there are young mothers in Auckland who have come from overseas and don t have the support of friends and family. Bellyful began in Puke- kohe, extended to the North Shore and is branching out into west Auckland. New Bellyful groups are starting up around the country includ- ing in Wellington and Timaru. Lynda Schoen of Green Bay is leading the west Auckland team. With three children of her own aged 21 months, four and five, she s a busy lady. Mrs Schoen has three volunteers helping her offer the service in Green Bay, New Lynn and Titirangi. But she would like to extend it further. Mrs Powse says Bellyful can make a real difference to families. She recalls helping one mother who had just had twins and already had another two children under four. In her case, she actu- ally had family who would cook for her, but she d had a caesarean and couldn t bend over to clean her bath. So I ended up cleaning her bath- room and doing some wash- ing. Jacqui Ritchie is keen to hear from anyone who may be able to offer Belly- ful corporate sponsorship. Phone 09-239-2524 or email bellyful.franklin @gmail.com. If you can volunteer or know some- one who could do with a Bellyful delivery, phone Lynda Schoen on 826-1975. Accountant jailed for stealing By STEPHEN FORBES An accountant was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison in the Wai- takere District Court last week for stealing more than $302,000 from a Henderson business. Tracey Sillett worked as an accountant for Innovative Energies from October 2008 until June 2010. The company makes and exports electronic power supplies. During this period, the Glen Eden resident stole money through an intricate web of financial transactions. She pleaded guilty in the Waitakere District Court in December to one charge of theft by a person in a special relationship. Mrs Sillett was convicted and remanded at large while a pre-sentencing report and mental health assessment were completed. She appeared in court again last week for sentencing. Mrs Sillett s lawyer Bridie Murphy said her 26-year-old client was a first-time offender. She is remorseful and wishes it had been discovered earlier so things didn t esca- late as they did, she said. It s a situation which escalated out of control. Mrs Murphy said Mrs Sil- lett was undergoing counselling and had visited a psychologist who diagnosed her as suffering from depression. She said Mrs Sillett was working part-time, one day a week and the most she could offer to repay the stolen money was $15 a week. But Judge Lisa Tremewan said making a reparation order for the stolen money as part of the sentence would be pointless. That would be a paltry sum in the overall scheme of things, she said. It would seem ludicrous for me to make a reparation order for the amount owing at a minimum rate because it would never be repaid. Innovative Energies owner David Gower said the sen- tence was a good result.
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