Western Leader : March 4th 2011
2 WESTERN LEADER, MARCH 4, 2011 NEWS Office Ph 837 0340 Fax 837 1760 Editor Claire Haynes email: edwl@snl co nz Sales Manager Julie Cooper email: julie cooper@snl co nz Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: email@example.com 66,735 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) 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A rubbish skip was set on fire at around 2.40pm on Saturday. It was located next to a building block, near the carpark. Detective sergeant Peter Litherland says the bin was full of paper and cardboard which once alight caused flames to encroach on to the nearby building. Police would like any information about three children who were seen playing in and around the skip bin minutes before the fire. The children have all been described as Maori or Polynesian. The oldest is an eight to 10-year-old girl with long hair who was wear- ing a yellow t-shift with a grey and black pattern on the back. The second is a seven or eight-year- old boy with short brown hair wearing a grey top and grey shorts. The third child is a boy aged five or six with short brown hair who was not wearing a top. Contact Mr Litherland on 839-0627. Fire caused by dishwasher By DAVID TAURANGA For many people it s a daily ritual to turn on the dishwasher before leaving the house in the morning or jumping into bed at night. But the Fire Service is worried that common practice could be placing people s lives at risk. On February 12, fire- fighters attended a house fire in Drury at 1.30am. Papakura station offi- cer Phill Beech says when they arrived they found a dishwasher on fire. The blaze had been caused by an electrical fault. Luckily the occupants of the rental property were still up and outside at the time of the fire, he says. They smelt smoke and traced it to the dish- washer then when they went to pull it out from the wall, flames came up from behind it. The couple switched off the power to the machine, taking a lot of heat out of the fire and threw buckets of water underneath it to douse the flames. That took 90 percent of the life out of the fire and firefighters put the rest out when they arrived, Mr Beech says. The electrical failure caused the fire before any of the fuse board switches tripped to cut power to the machine. This couple was lucky -- had they been next door or asleep at the time the house would have well and truly been on fire by the time we got there. In the past eight years Mr Beech has attended two house fires in south Auckland caused by faulty dishwashers but in each of those cases there was major damage to the property. He s imploring people to switch the dishwasher on only when someone is home. GUIDELINES Letters should not exceed 250 words and must have full name, residential address and phone number. Hard-copy letters must have a legible signature. Only your name and suburb are published. Initials, pen names or email attachments are not accepted. We prefer letters about local issues. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. The editor reserves the right to abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Letters may be referred to others for right of reply before publication. Mail: Western Leader, PO Box 21-167, Henderson Fax: 837-1760 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Good way to help It has been a torrid two weeks for Kiwis and thoughts are with the people of Christchurch and those with friends and family affected by the earthquake in the Garden City. I have been down to visit Christchurch twice since the quake and both times I have been struck by the resilience of this tough bunch of New Zealanders. They have had it all in recent months and understandably nerves are frayed. But equally there is a determination that life will go on and they will rebuild -- which is where you can help. Westies have already been offering their support and donations to Christchurch. It is humbling to see that when the chips are down Kiwis are willing to step up and offer those in need the shirts off their backs. A donation of money is still the best way to help and the New Zealand government official Christchurch Earthquake Appeal is the best place to do this. If you are able to donate please visit www.christchurch earthquakeappeal.govt.nz and give what you can. Take care westies. Paula Bennett MP for Waitakere $1200 raised The Lions Club of Blockhouse Bay-Lynfield would like to say a big thank you to the residents of the Bay and visitors who came to the party at their Saturday earthquake appeal and sausage sizzle stands. The sum of $1200 was raised in four hours from sales of sausages as well as donations. All the money has gone direct to the Christchurch District Lions Appeal who are distributing water and essential items to victims on the spot, working with Red Cross and other agencies. Christchurch district governor Raewyn Clearwater attended a Lions convention in Hamilton at the weekend and met with our international president Sid Scruggs to discuss the quake. He announced on behalf of Lions Clubs International Foundation a cheque for US$100,000. This money will be made available to help people get back to normal in the coming weeks. This is going to be a long and slow process that we all must work to achieve. Mr Scruggs applauded Christchurch and districts Lions for their quick action so early in this disaster and encouraged all Lions to make themselves available wherever we are required. The generosity of the people in the Bay on Saturday showed the community spirit that lies in the hearts of most Kiwis. Alan Gray Blockhouse Bay-Lynfield Lions Council appoints Pacific panel Three west Aucklanders have been selected for the Auckland Council s Pacific People s Advisory Panel. Reverend Uesifili Unasa who grew up in west Auckland will be joining Waitakere residents Dr Robert Wooton and Richard Pamatatau on the newly announced panel. They will be part of a group made up of six other representa- tives advising the council on opportunities and challenges facing Auckland s Pacific com- munity. This group has a mixture of skills, experience, connectedness and maturity that will allow effec- tive engagement with the council in strategic thinking and to advise me and the council on the opportunities and challenges that face our Pacific communities, says mayor Len Brown. Selection committee chairman Alfred Ngaro says the panel gives Pacific people a voice. The intention of the selection committee was to fulfil the Mayoral vision of the most liveable city to work, study, invest and enjoy. So this city with the largest Pacific population in the world will have a strong and effec- tive voice in advising the mayor and the council.
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