Fraud and Scams

ScamsI have noticed recently an increase in the amount of scams coming to the attention of the police. The majority appear to be originating overseas.

Being aware of what to look for and knowing what to do is important to protect yourself.

One scam appearing in our area is where a phone call is received from a person pretending to be from a government department. Remember that New Zealand has an excellent reputation and is regarded as one of the most corruption free countries in the world. The scams we have seen are ……. FRAUD AND SCAMS Click to read more.

By Sergeant Paul Devane
NZ Police, Howick

Local Neighbourhood Support Team helping out








Three members of the Pakuranga and Bucklands Beach Neighbourhood Support Committee attended a startup meeting in the Mangere Town Centre on the 31st July where seven Policemen and ten citizens were wanting tips on how to start street groups in their community.  Our local committee members presented a 75 minute training session and answered questions from those present.  It was apparent that while many of their concerns were common to our neighbourhood, they also had some quite different challenges to deal with. It was a most enjoyable and interesting night. The meeting was set up by Rosetta RetiSimanu of the Auckland Council.

Howick Board Newsletter July 31st 2014









Here is the latest Howick Community Board newsletter.  The topics are:

  • Auckland’s 21 local boards have developed their draft local board plans for 2014-2017. You can have your say on the plan for Howick Local Board plan by going to You can have your say until Wednesday 6 August 2014.
  • Libraries remain the centre of most communities and are more than just books. They are community hubs, filled with activities, meetings, education and much more.
  • Launch your career with us. Applications are opening soon for the February 2015 intake of the Auckland Council Graduate Programme.
  • Have your say on the draft Community Grants Policy which guides the allocation of council funding to groups and organisations involved in the delivery of projects, activities and service which benefit our community.
  • The lost treasure that is McLeans Park

Click this link to view the newsletter: HowickBoardNews Aug2014


Civil Defence E-Bulletin July 2014

CD E-Bulletin



Click here to see the full e-bulletin from Civil Defence

(Right click the link to open.)



Included in this issue are:

Foreword from the Director – Councils and communities “well prepared and able to manage the response effectively”
Auckland appoints Senior Training & Capability Advisor
Auckland Welfare Coordination Group Foundation Training
Post-disaster building management guidance release
Genesis Energy practises crisis response
Temporary accommodation for inbound workers: Research learnings from Queensland post Cyclone Larry
Collaboratively building resilience opportunities
Temporary accommodation for inbound workers: Research learnings from Queensland post Cyclone Larry
Calling end-users of emergency management information systems
Emergency management training for secondary school students
7th Australasian Hazards Management Conference
Public consultation on Revised National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan closes 25 JULY 2014
Get Ready Week 2014 – Resources

74% increase in theft from cars

BurglarTHBsmlFive members of the Pakuranga and Bucklands Beach Neighbourhood Support Committee with help from a Crimewatch Howick Patrol member joined Community Constable Merv Hotter today to place “Theft from Cars Awareness” leaflets under the wiper blades of cars at the Highland Park, Lloyd Elsmore Park and Halfmoon Bay Marina carparks.  The reason for the theft from cars awareness campaign is that for the 12 months ended July 2014, there has been a 74% increase in thefts from cars in Howick and Pakuranga.

The team between them placed 1800 leaflets under windscreen wipers in five hours and while doing so reminded close to 30 drivers that they had valuables on display in their cars that placed them at risk of theft.  Another 6 owners were reminded that their car registration had expired.

Campaign teams were also working in car parks in Flat Bush, Botany and Manukau today.

Draft Community Grants Policy

DraftCommunity Grants PolicyTHBThe Draft Community Grants Policy will guide the allocation of local and regional grants to groups and organisations that deliver projects, activities and services that benefit our communities and contribute to this vision. Our grants programme will support the social, cultural and environmental wellbeing of our people and places

You can come along to a community workshop to hear about the proposed changes, ask questions and have your say.

NZ Sign Language interpreters have been booked for these workshops. Please email to let us know if you need one before the dates specified below

Right click here to read the Council notice with the dates and times.

Stop car break-ins

By Community Constable Merv Hotter

MervHotterTHBCar crime is a serious issue in this area at present.

You will probably be sitting there saying to yourself: “I have read and heard this before:, but the fact is, it continues to happen with the number of car break-ins on the increase.

Of course Police are doing everything they can to reduce the issue but there comes a time when the public need to stand up and say “no more”.

During the past few weeks police have been patrolling designated hot spots and in my travels and patrols through car parks I have noticed a serious trend that is quite alarming. The number of people who are leaving valuable items in their vehicles is astounding. Handbags, laptops, sports gear, mobile phones, GPS – the list goes on.

This is where you can do your bit to cut back the number of car thefts. Here are some simple tips that may help you avoid being the next victim.

  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle, especially in full view of a would be criminal.  Place items in the boot.
  • Do not throw a jacket or a blanket over the goods. This only encourages offenders to break in to see what is under the cover.
  • Don’t leave important documents  like bank statements, passports, credit card bills or other personal information in your vehicle. Thieves can use these to steal your identity and access your bank accounts.
  • Lock your vehicle.  You would be surprised how many are left unlocked.
  • Get a security system installed. One that is going to wake the whole neighbourhood.
  • If you see anyone looking in your vehicle then dial 111.  Watch the persons movements if you can.

These simpler tips may be the difference between  your vehicle being broken into or not.

Police are doing their bit to control the problem but we need your help if we are going to eradicate it.

Weather warning for Tues 8th July

WeatherwarningTHBMetService has issued a wind warning for Auckland with associated heavy rain possible. Gust increasing to 120 kph. overnight

Winds of this strength may result in power outages and has the potential to cause trees to fall and damage to property.

Strongest winds are expected in eastern communities north of the Harbour Bridge, Waiheke Island and Great Barrier Island overnight and throughout Wednesday.

Heavy rain will occur Wednesday morning with up to 50mm north of Orewa and up to 60mm for Great Barrier Island.  Wave splash may affect east coast roads and low-lying reserves close to high tide on Wednesday.

Emergency Services and Contractors have been engaged and have allocated extra resources for the event.

The Civil Defence Emergency Coordination Centre is activated with staff monitoring over the next 24hrs.

Calvin Hicks
Duty Officer
Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management (09) 301 0101



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