Western Leader : March 15th 2011
3 WESTERN LEADER, MARCH 15, 2011 NEWS TO HERE FROM HERE Titirangi Rd Rata St Totara Ave Great North Rd Great North Rd OSFM is now Cambridge Outlet Store. Same quality clothing, just a new name and a new home. You can now find us at: 3094 Great North Rd, New Lynn, Auckland (at Cambridge Clothing) Phone 09 825 0873 Hours: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 5pm Sat 9.30am - 4pm Time for a change! SUITING UP AT UNBELIEVABLE VALUE Get a FREE SHIRT when you purchase a two trouser suit from our separates range! Conditions apply, see in store for details. Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Eftpos welcome Safe from the quakes By CATHERINE HEALY Firmer ground: Mercedes McClure is staying with her grandparents, including granddad Kim Dwyer. She is attending Sunnyvale School because her Christchurch school has not reopened since the quake. THREE weeks after the Christchurch earthquake, nine-year-old Mercedes Mc- Clure is finally settling into a routine. She s come to live with her grandparents Kim and Theresa Dwyer in Sunnyvale and they are helping her adjust to life in Auckland. We just wanted to get her on a plane and up here where she s safe, Mrs Dwyer says. Mercedes was in her class- room at school in Christ- church when the earthquake hit. They hid under their desks first, then their teacher decided they should get out, Mr Dwyer says. We ran out to the field and I had to wait a long time for mum to come and get me because she was stuck in traffic, Mercedes says. It was scary. I have a cat and a kitten at home and we thought the kitten might have died. Fortunately Mercedes pets, her parents and their homes escaped relatively unscathed. Her parents have remained in Christchurch for the time being, although Mrs Dwyer says she d love them to come to Auckland too. She says the family is much happier knowing Mercedes is in Auckland and going to school. Her primary in Christchurch was badly damaged and remains closed. Mrs Dwyer says helping Mercedes feel safe again will be a long road. It s taken me this long to get her to brush her teeth by herself, have a shower by her- self, go to bed at a normal time. She was saying, Nana, don t leave me . I think because the first one happened at night she was scared to be alone. Mercedes is one of two Christchurch students at Sunnyvale School. At least five other schools in west Auckland have enrolled evacuees from Christchurch. Most have just one or two Cantabrians, although Glen Eden Inter- mediate School has six. Sunnyvale has been fabu- lous, Mrs Dwyer says. They were just so welcoming. Mercedes says she s enjoying life in Auckland and doesn t want to go back to Christchurch -- although she s missing her mum and dad terribly. Mum might come up for a weekend soon. She is a student. She can t go back to uni- versity because it s by the clock tower so it s still closed. She has been cleaning up our house, the youngster says. Mrs Dwyer hopes that by telling her story Mercedes will help people empathise with earthquake victims. Her mum agreed to the idea of Mercedes being in the Western Leader because we think it s important for other children and families to understand what Christ- church kids have been through, Mrs Dwyer says. There are around 70,000 students enrolled at primary and secondary schools in Christchurch city, Selwyn and Waimakariri districts. Most Christchurch schools are reopening soon but 18 have no date when students will return to class. IN BRIEF Drug seizure Police have seized around $1 million worth of the drug P in west Auckland. The methamphetamine was seized at the Headhunters headquarters in Henderson. Eight people were arrested and charged with a variety of offences and appeared in the Waitakere District Court on Saturday and Monday. Waitakere police area commander Gary Davey says officers are looking for a number of other people in relation to the execution of the search warrant. Mr Davey says the bust will have a serious impact on methampetamine supply in the Auckland area. ''The disruption of their networks is something we'll look at on a continued basis.'' Win tickets The Western Leader is giving away a double pass to The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber -- the hugely anticipated stage show coming to Auckland's The Civic, The Edge in May. Go online to our e-edition today and you'll get your chance to go into the draw. Not subscribed yet? Here's what to do: Go to our website at www.western leader.co.nz click on latest edition and follow the simple instructions. Flick through the paper online and you'll find the competition printed on our special e-editions Extra page. Walk to work If the price of petrol has you thinking about walking to work, tomorrow is the day to do it. A free Walk2Work event is being held at Henderson Transport Centre in Railside Ave, kicking off with a free breakfast at 7am. The event is organised by Living Streets Aotearoa and is designed to encourage commuters to incorporate exercise into their daily routine. Participants will also have the opportunity to win a pair of shoes and shoe discount vouchers will be handed out. See www.livingstreets.org.nz/ walk2work for more information. Nine months' home detention for ACC crime A man has been sentenced to nine months home detention for dishonestly obtaining money from ACC. Daryl Adair Ramsay, 62, appeared in the Waitakere District Court on February 25 on 19 charges of dishonestly using a document under the Crimes Act over a four-year period. He was convicted of all the charges. The offending began in July 2003 when Ramsay was working as the national ser- vice manager for a commer- cial cleaning company. The Waiatarua resident injured his neck and shoulder and supplied ACC with a medical certificate stating he was unable to work because of his injury. ACC began pay- ing him weekly compensation for lost earnings. Ramsay continued to supply medical certificates to ACC and the organisation continued to pay him com- pensation. It launched an investi- gation in 2007 which revealed Ramsay had begun operating a business within five months of his injury. He had worked for and received income from this business during the period he was receiving weekly com- pensation. Ramsay received more than $130,000 from ACC to which he was not entitled. He was ordered to repay a portion of the money and will serve nine months home detention. ACC general manager of claims management Denise Cosgrove says Ramsay s offending was deliberate, ongoing and came at great cost to the community, in par- ticular ACC clients and levy- payers . ACC levies are intended to help injured people who genuinely need assistance,, she says. We have a dedicated investigation unit which works hard to ensure people such as Mr Ramsay are brought to justice.
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