Hats off to Volunteers

KeithOlsenTHBKids in clubs and sport are kids out of court

It seems that nowadays everyone is busy. Busy with work, school or whatever. Being too busy is often used as an excuse for not being available to help out when asked. I want to highlight  the fantastic work being done by the minority who work tirelessly for the majority.

I’m talking about those people who though already busy, volunteer their time without payment to provide services to youth clubs like Cubs, Scouts, Guides or Girls Brigade. People who give up their time to coach sports teams or manage sports clubs. Those who help the sick or elderly by providing meals on wheels. People who work through Neighbourhood Support to provide crime prevention and community safety advice and those who patrol our streets and shopping areas deterring crime. The list goes on.

It’s these sorts of hard working people who often take on the role of developing young people. Some parents are so busy they haven’t got time to parent their own children apparently.  They let their kids go out into the community unsupervised, they don’t know where their kids are or who they are with, or what they are doing.

Hard working volunteers provide activity and entertainment for these unparented children and thank goodness they do.  Kids who are allowed to wander along to local shopping malls or public libraries to hang out all day often come to the attention of the police.  We would prefer that children not have that opportunity to get into trouble. Kids engaged with well supervised structured activity can achieve this.

There is a saying that “a kid in sport is a kid out of court”.  I’d extend that to include any structured activity, which as I say, is often provided by those unsung heroes who give up their own time to help the community.

Well done to you, and please keep it up. Your efforts are appreciated.

Sergeant Keith Olsen
Youth Services Counties Manukau East

First published in the Easter Courier Sept 19th 2014.

Tired of all the road works?

DavidCollingsTHBWatercare nears the end of its east water main projects

Traffic disruption from East Auckland Watercare projects should be over by the end of next month.

Howick Local Board chairman David Collings says there are several new water mains being dug in the
east and he wants the public to know how work is progressing.



  • At the Botany end of Kilkenny Drive in East Tamaki Heights a new water main is largely complete and road works should be finished by the end of October.
  • On Ridge Rd in Howick, work is on schedule and should be complete by the end of October.
  • On Chapel Road and Kilkenny Drive in Dannemora a new water main is now in use but road resurfacing will take another week or two.
  • On Bucklands Beach Road work is now complete.

Reprinted from the Easter Courier Sept 19th 2014.

Howick Local Board Sept Newsletter

HowickBoardNewsMarchThe Sept Howick Local Board News was issued on the 19th Sept. Snippets from each of the items are listed below.  To read the full newsletter click here. HowickLocalBoardSeptNews2014

Mayor Len Brown visited Howick at the weekend for the opening of the rebuilt Te Whare Ora, now named ‘Matariki’, and Garden of Memories.

Currently the local board are considering all the submissions and will be looking to approve the final local board plan at its business meeting on 13th October. This will then be published in December 2014

A Transitions Working Group has been set up to work closely with customers to resolve their concerns regarding outstanding issues around the hireage of community facilities

Tennis Pakuranga recently celebrated their open day on new resurfaced courts.

The Howick Local Board Sports Plan, which initially kicked off in 2013 to facilitate participation in sport and active recreation, continues its success.

The next round of Waste Management and Innovation Fund will run from 1 – 31st of October 2014. The aim of the fund is to support innovative that will help achieve the vision, targets and strategic objectives of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.

Heritage walks, talks and tours, special First World War events and exhibitions make up more than 200 events across the Auckland region.

Shoplifter sought by Police

Toyota Surf 1992Can you call Police if this vehicle is sighted please. The occupant is a prolific shop lifter around Countdown supermarkets and the Police are intereted in speaking to him.
Reg. No: ADZ343
Make/Model: (Car) Toyota HILUX SURF wagon (similar to the photo)
Colour: Blue
Year: 1992

Neighbourhood Support Treasurer (Volunteer)

Our new treasurer has transferred to a job out of Auckland and we need someone to take on the role. You would be working with a friendly group of people who are doing their best to help make the community a safer place for all. We meet one evening a month and on three or four weekend days during the year at promotional events and carnivals etc. We are an incorporated society that is funded by grants, so having experience at managing finance (small sums) and filing returns are desirable. More information can be found at www.nsupport.co.nz . Please contact our chairman Ho Yoong Hoh on info@nsupport.co.nz if interested.

Civil Defence briefing held

CivilDefenceLogoTHBFive members of the Neighbourhood Support Committee and eight Street Contact members attended an interesting talk by Shane Webb the South and Central Area Manager of Civil Defence in Auckland on Sunday 14th Sept.  Shane explained the Civil Defence set up in Auckland and discussed the nature of the risks the Easter Suburbs are exposed to.  The risks are substantially different from those of Christchurch or Wellington and many would have to be handled in a totally different manner.

The likelihood of a serious earthquake occurring here is minimal in comparison with Wellington or Christchurch.  Tsunami are more likely but due the gulf islands and the configuration of the Eastern Suburbs coastline, even those are given a lowish priority. The threat of volcanic action is a slightly greater risk.

The most likely incidents that would activate Civil Defence in Auckland are probably:

  1. Torrential rain and blocked stormwater drains
  2. High winds and tornado’s (a significant annual threat for the North Shore).
  3. Chemical spills, fires and similar industrial accidents
  4. King tides and serious weather related incidents coinciding
  5. Power network disruption causing security and transport issues
  6. Tsunami
  7. Volcanic eruption
  8. Earthquakes

Read more here Civil Defence Briefing Sept 2014

  • Response times
  • What you can do
  • Economical emergency kit hints and tips.

Civil Defence speaker to address locals

CivilDefenceLogoTHBJust a reminder that Shane Webb Civil Defence Southern Area Manager is giving a presentation at our quarterly workshop this Sunday.

Shane’s presentation will be in the form of an informal “fireside chat” and promises to be lively and interactive. Questions are welcome as they occur to you.  He will be discussing the differences between the impacts in Christchurch and the potential threats applicable to our neighbourhood. The briefing received from Shane today certainly made us sit up and pay attention.

We have a chance to be involved in the early stages of new developments and urge you to make time to come along, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, learn exactly how Civil Defence works, what they are up to, and how we may be able to help each other.


Where:                 Capt Musick Sea Scout Hall,  cnr Pigeon Mt road /Brittania place.
Date:                     Sunday 14th Sept
Time:                     2pm until about 3:30pm
Parking;                Plenty of parking on site
Afternoon tea:    Will be served during the presentation

All interested residents are welcome to attend.  If you can’t attend, how about seeing if some of your neighbours’ would like to.  Lucky seat prizes throughout the afternoon.

Thanks Mr A…..

Be a good witness

By Community Constable Merv Hotter (Highland Park, Auckland)

MervHotterTHBA bank In Howick was recently robbed by a person with a weapon. While it was a terrifying ordeal for the staff,  I would like to take the opportunity to put out a special thanks to one man.

Let’s call him Mr A

Mr A took it upon himself to follow the offender once he left the bank. While doing so he was using his phone to take photographs of the offender as he was making his hasty getaway. For about 2km Mr A continued the chase at a safe distance, giving regular updates to the emergency operator until the Police arrived and apprehended the offender.

But Mr A wasn’t finished there.   Read what happened next…… Be a good witness

Stakeholder Update Sept 2014

StakeholdersUpdateTHBHelp Shape Auckland to be the world’s most liveable city

Welcome to the September Stakeholder update!

Work is progressing with the development of the draft Long-term Plan with the Mayor releasing his draft proposal. The finalists of a video competition on funding priorities for young people are announced.

There are a couple more weeks to have your say on the draft Community Facilities Network Plan and we will let you know about the upcoming consultation on a CCTV Strategic Action Plan.

In the meantime, if you have any queries, please contact us at consultation@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Kind regards

Auckland Council’s Engagement and Consultation team

Click here to view the full newsletter.


Be safe at the market

Julia WilliamsTHBBy Community Constable Julia WIlliams

It’s Saturday night at the Pakuranga Plaza.

The marquees and the signage for the stalls are set up and the place is humming. The different aromas coming from the food stalls are amazing and the atmosphere is great.

The Pakuranga Night Market is on every Saturday night from 6pm to midnight, with thousands of people from all cultures drawn to The Warehouse underground car park.

It’s a great place to go but beware of opportunists who like to take advantage of people at popular events like this.

Here are ways to keep yourself safe while enjoying the market:  Click this link to read moreBe safe at the market

Take particular note of the comment about accompanying under 16 year olds.

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