Western Leader : February 3rd 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Friday, February 3, 2012 IN BRIEF Dairy robbed Police are looking for three men who robbed a Blockhouse Bay dairy at knifepoint on Auckland Anniversary Day. Senior sergeant Ross Endicott-Davies says the men aged 18 to 22 held up the Marlowe Superette at about 1.30pm. Harish Kumar runs the dairy and says the men took cash and cigarettes. Mr Kumar says they asked him where the till was but he doesn't have one because it had not been replaced since a previous robbery about six months earlier. ''I was planning for a new one but it's too costly.'' He says notes and coins were taken from behind the counter. The robbers are described as Maori or Polynesian and were wearing t-shirts and jeans. They were last seen running into Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School. Mr Kumar didn't chase them and called police straight after the ordeal. Mr Kumar doesn't intend to move away. ''This is a good area,'' he says. ''All the people are good, they are like family.'' Call Avondale police on 820-5700 or Crimestoppers on 0800-5551-111 with information about the robbery. Stabbings Two men stabbed with broken bottles have been treated and discharged from hospital after a fight on January 29. Senior sergeant Ross Endicott-Davies says the stabbings happened on Canal Rd in Avondale shortly after 4am. A 20-year-old man has been charged with wounding with intent to injure and injuring with intent to injure. He is due to reappear in the Auckland District Court on February 21. Another 20-year-old man is facing one charge of wounding with intent to injure and is due to reappear in court on the same date. Successful schooling: Frano Stanistic of ACG Sunderland School plans to attend university next year at the age of 15. Photo: HINERANGI VAIMOSO Varsity a smart move By HINERANGI VAIMOSO MANY teens dream of finishing school by the age of 15 but for Frano Stanistic it could become reality. The 14-year-old is in his last year of high school at ACG Sunderland and at 15 will apply to study engineer- ing at Auckland University in 2013. He'll have to ask for permission to enrol because of his young age. The Massey teen scored an A in business studies, chem- istry, English literature and mathematics in the Cam- bridge exams which students don't usually take until they are 17. I don't really like to think of myself as smart,'' he says. I guess I never really thought it until people started telling me I was.'' Frano spent three years at Liston College before attending ACG Sunderland in Henderson. I've had some amazing teachers over the years and I think that's played a big part in my life. This is an excellent school but I do believe if you're smart you can be smart in any school so long as it has good teachers. You also need an enthusiastic family. Ask my mum and my tal- ent probably comes from her side. Ask my dad and the tal- ent will probably come from him. Ask my grandparents and they'll tell you that clearly it comes from them,'' he says. Frano's happy about his success but there are downfalls to having an advanced mind at a young age. I can't watch R16 movies or play R16 video games but that's where my mind is.'' He also doesn't like talking to girls his age when they focus on Justin Bieber. It's tough in that respect. It would be nice just to be a normal kid for a little while,'' he says. Frano likes karate and runs a Dungeons and Dragons club at school. People say I should get the best job in the world and be filthy rich but I don't know if that's what I want. I want to fulfil my poten- tial but I don't want to spend the rest if my life studying. I want to do some- thing I love. I want to travel the world, meet new people and experi- ence life. I would love to cre- ate computer games or work in an icecream parlour.'' Mum Almira Stanistic has always encouraged her son to do what he loves. He's such a good kid and I know he'll do well with whatever it is he wants to do.'' ACG Sunderland principal Nathan Villars says Frano has the confidence to ques- tion things he does not fully understand and works hard at achieving his full potential. Frano sets very high standards for himself. He also understands that education is not just about academic results and has involved himself in the wider life of the school.''
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