Western Leader : January 24th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 7 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 24, 2012 NEWS FREE two week hearing aid trial* of NZ's No.1 hearing aid! Hear this great offer Plus! Receive a FREE Unite accessory to the value of $500* YOUR LOCAL HEARING EXPERTS *Conditions apply Purchase a set of ReSound Alera hearing aids, 'New Zealand's No.1 hearing aid', before the 24th of February 2012 and receive a FREE Unite accessory to the value of $500*. Call now! Ph: 827 4457 Green Bay 64a Godley Rd (next to New World) www.hearingdirect.co.nz Annual boat ramp survey Recreational boaties can expect to be approached by Coast- guard volunteers over the next few weeks as they start the Maritime New Zealand annual boat ramp survey. The survey will be conducted over Janu- ary and early Febru- ary. Results are critical in measuring the effec- tiveness of the Boating Safety Strategy which was developed by Pleasure Boat Safety Forum, a group created to help reduce boating fatalities. Coastguard presi- dent Colin Small says this year's survey is particularly important because it has been six years since the organis- ation adopted the Boat- ing Safety Strategy. The results of the boat ramp survey will help Coastguard in determining the direc- tion we need to be taking to keep the number of boating incidents down,'' he says. There has been a vast improvement in safe boating behaviour and the use of safety equipment and com- munication devices by pleasure boaties but there still seems to be a knowledge gap for many heading out on the water.'' Coastguard respond- ed to more than 3300 calls nationwide in the past 12 months, many of which could have been prevented with better preparation by skippers. Last year's survey showed a 10 percent decrease in the number of boaties checking the weather and marine forecasts before head- ing onto the water which should be one of the first things they do before taking the boat out,'' Mr Small says. This signals to us the urgent need for a more targeted ap- proach toward prep- aration and planning.'' The survey is volun- tary but those who par- ticipate go in the draw to win prizes including radios and life jackets. Visit www.coastguard. co.nz for more details. Community on watch Look out: Tom Emerson with the Honda sedan donated to the Piha Community Patrol. By VANITA PRASAD Tom Emerson and Piha Community Watch are on a mission to reduce crime in their town. The Piha Community Watch started up after a town meeting in Sept- ember organised by Mr Emerson. And from that came a small group of police- vetted volunteers who hit Piha's streets to monitor the area on ran- dom patrols. They've also acquired a Honda sedan for their patrols, a donation from the Botany Crimewatch Patrol. Mr Emerson says the organisation works closely with the police who give the group infor- mation on criminal activity in the area. The builder says the group isn't about vigilante action and is focused on being the eyes and ears of the police. Mr Emerson says his motivation for organis- ing the group was triggered when his work vehicles had been broken into and some stolen. I was annoyed at what had happened and I didn't think anyone of us should put up with it,'' he says. As a small community we have the opportunity to put a stop to it.'' Piha residents, who can often be divided on political issues, need to put those differences aside and unite to stop crime, he says. It's not about whether acafeisgoodorbad--I don't think too many people out here would be pro-burglars, apart from the burglars of course.'' He says the patrol is looking for more Piha volunteers to join the ranks. We've had a lot of positive feedback from the community but we need more local people to do patrols. We could also do with some sponsorship for petrol for the patrols we do.'' The community watchdogs are part of a larger group, Com- munity Patrols New Zea- land, which assists more than 130 community groups throughout the country. Piha resident Olivia McPherson says the patrol initiative is excel- lent. Piha has been in need of a Community Patrol for some time now -- we had a really bad year in terms of home and car break-ins in 2011 and we definitely need a designated team on the ground keeping an eye on things. To know that there are volunteers that any- one in the community can call on at any time to come and assist in a potentially difficult situ- ation gives locals a lot of peace of mind.'' Email Tom Emerson at email@example.com for more information.
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