On he Beat – 23 road deaths in 25 days

School patrol signsTHB23 deaths on the road represents a terrible burden of grief and suffering. For a Police officer, there is nothing worse than knocking on someone’s door and telling them that their loved one has gone forever.

That is why motorists need to keep safety at the front of their mind every time they are behind the wheel. We don’t say this stuff to sound like a broken record but ….. Read on…

By Sergeant Brett Meale of the Howick Police Station.

MECOSS – Manukau East Council of Social Services.

MECOSS Newsletter January 2016 Issue 24 MecossTHBWe were reading their latest newsletter just now and saw mention of a shopping and medical patient shuttle service.  This prompted us to look further and learn about the transport service MECOSS provide for the elderly who no longer have their own mode of transport.  If you have aged family members who are almost housebound, this service might be useful for them.  Read about it here.

Anti-Social Behaviour

AntisocialBehaviourThbNeighbourhood anti-social behaviour is a matter that we know frustrates many. Excessive noise, vandalism and drunken loutish behaviour impact on your quality of life. It can cause alarm and distress to those victims who have a right to be safe and feel safe in their homes and community.

New Zealand Police work with the council and other agencies to reduce anti-social behaviour but we need your help: Read further for hints and guidance on what you can do to minimise the nuisance.
By Sergeant Brett Meale – Howick Police.


Drowning THBOn the beat – Drowning

Since Christmas day 2015 to the 5th January 2016 there have been eight drownings in New Zealand and in 2015 there were 100 deaths at New Zealand beaches. This is higher than the average for the last five years.

Despite extensive TV and radio warnings to the public things do not appear to be getting better. Unfortunately, some of these deaths include overseas Tourists who are unaware of the dangers of swimming at some NZ beaches.  Display the full article and tips for surviving when swimming at our beaches.


Weather warning – feedback

MetService have lifted all severe weather warnings and watches for Auckland.  So what did happen in our city over New year weekend?

Rainfall was significantly lower than forecast. Northern parts of the region received between 30mm and 80mm of rain. (Forecast was for up to 180mm of rain to accumulate)

 Stormwater responded to 3 jobs and only 1 was an emergency which related to road flooding.

 Fire Service responded to about 35 calls all considered minor; 24 related to trees/power lines down, 2 related to leaking roofs, 3 related to roofs lifting, 1 minor landslip and 1 trampoline lifting.

 Approximately 8000 customers were affected by power outages over the 48 hours, all of which have been restored.

 No further updates will be sent in relation to this event.

Severe rainfall warning for New Years Eve

Civil Def Auck CouncilMetService has issued a Severe Rainfall Warning for Auckland north of Whangaparaoa and Severe Rainfall and Wind Watches for the rest of the region.


  1. From early Friday to Saturday evening, up to 150mm of rain may accumulate in Auckland north of Whangaparaoa.
  2. South of Whangaparaoa, 50 to 80mm is likely over the same period.
  3. Rainfall intensities could reach between 25 and 35mm/hr in downpours.
  4. Rain is expected to be heavier at times with breaks in between.  Heaviest rain is expected late Friday morning/early Saturday afternoon, overnight Friday and on Saturday evening.
  5. Easterly winds are expected to build during Friday morning with gusts of up to 100km/hr possible in exposed places.
  6. East coast high tide is expected to peak at 3.0m at 1.18pm on Friday.  Due to storm surge NIWA expect this tide to reach 3.44m.

Impact (see attached)

  1. It is likely that streams and rivers in catchments North of Whangaparaoa will rise rapidly and flood low lying areas.  People camping in these areas should be vigilant of rising floodwaters.
  2. Surface flooding is likely across Auckland with some flooding potential where downpours occur south of Whangaparaoa and on Great Barrier Island.
  3. Localised wind damage such as powerlines and trees down are possible, particularly North of Whangaparaoa.
  4. Low lying coastal roads, such as Tamaki Drive west of Ngapipi Road, may be affected by wave splash around high tide on Friday afternoon.


  1. Auckland CDEM is liaising with the MetService and Hazards staff to get the most up-to-date forecasts
  2. Additional staff have been contacted and put on standby in case the emergency coordination centre needs to activate.
  3. The public is being told to prepare for heavy rain and strong winds via media releases and the public alerting platform .
  4. The impact will be reassessed tonight once the new model runs are through and an additional update will be sent through if required.
  5. Auckland CDEM will continue to monitor the situation and if necessary will activate the emergency coordination centre if required.

Kind Regards

 Emergency Management Duty Officer Civil Defence and Emergency Management Auckland Council, Bledisloe House, 24 Wellesley Street West, Level 1 South Private Bag 92300, Auckland, 1142

Message for people in an abusive relationship

WalkawayTHBRenowned New Zealand entertainer Tina Cross, the Counties Manukau District Commander’s Police Choir and teenagers from Otahuhu Blue Light Choir joined forces to re-record Tina’s 2014 song ‘Walk Away’ with its message of support for women in abusive relationships.

The video – including messages from Jude Simpson and Vic Tamati, champions for the national anti-violence campaign It’s Not OK – was launched at Counties Manukau Police District Headquarters today. Click here to see the video on our facebook page.  Please share with your friends and colleagues.

Christmas can be a time of great stress for families. The Police want you to know they are there to support you.

(The Police thank Tina Cross for sharing her song ‘Walk Away’ with the Counties Manukau Police Choir and Otahuhu Blue Light Choir).

Own a car?

ACC THB.ACC registration levy for your car too high?

Your ACC rego levy is based on your car’s risk rating. Every year you have an opportunity to have your say during levy consultation. Check out the proposed 2016/17 levy rates for your car and have your say today by going online to www.shapeyouracc.co.nz.

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