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Howick Local BoardHowick Local Board Newsletter for November 2015

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  • Organisation needed for managing the Howick Community Mini Van
  • McLeans College Enviro group wins the Ros Nicholson Award
  • Stockade Hill Christmas lights switched on
  • Howick and Easter Bus route review – Have your say
  • Christmas events in Howick
  • Tamaki River Festival in February.
  • Regional Pest Management Review

Burglars as young as 13 yrs entering houses

TeenagersTHBBy Senior Sergeant Neil Phillips

With the summer holidays approaching I’d like to take the opportunity to ask parents to stay aware of where their kids are and what they are doing. We have noticed a trend across the Counties Manukau District recently of young offenders (some as young as 13) carrying out burglaries while the occupants are at home – this has been happening overnight when the occupants are sleeping and the offenders are usually gaining entry through open windows.  Learn more here….


Police Ten One newsletter – November 2015

PoliceTenOneTHBWelcome to the November issue of Ten One.

In this issue, we see how good work in the field of diversity has earned Police a positive report, look at the implications of getting women more involved in peacekeeping, highlight some smart thinking to help prevent vehicle crime and road trauma, find out about a dramatic booking for a police choir and check on some unusual artefacts at the Police Museum.

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Six East Auckland alcohol bans have escaped the axe.

AlcoholismTHBBans at Blundell Park, Cockle Bay Beach, Earnslaw Park, Howick Domain, Lloyd Elsmore Park and McCahill Views Reserve will be retained following community consultation.

Overall 19 alcohol bans have been retained, while 167 will lapse. Some smaller bans were absorbed into larger ban areas.

Originally 180 of the 194 alcohol bans in the Howick Local Board area had been proposed to lapse on October 31, before a hearings panel heard feedback.  For a full list click here …  

Changes to Government legislation means alcohol bans have to be based on solid evidence.  Howick Local Board chairman David Collings, who sat on the hearings panel says the submissions required clear, specific proof that a ban was needed to be successful.

“A lot of the bans will lapse, and obviously we’re disappointed by that but we’ve gone through a thorough process. Speaking on behalf of the board, we’re disappointed the Government has gone through this process but we understand the need for evidence to be provided.”  He says the process for implementing a ban if problems arise in the future will “only take a short time”.

Cockle Bay Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman Laurie Slee believes maintaining the ban at his local beach is a “victory for common sense”.

Inappropriate texts and images – what to do

InternetTHBBy Sergeant Brett Meale of the Howick Police

Police are increasingly being called upon by worried members of the public to deal with the fallout from inappropriate text messages / images being put into the wrong hands. We have had a number of incidents where adults and teenagers have been sharing inappropriate pictures, usually via a mobile phone. This activity is fraught with serious privacy, health and legal implications that many are simply not equipped to deal with. Read what you can do if your teenagers need advice or help…..


Road Safety and Scamming Offences Continuing

SeatbeltsTHBIf the Slogan “Make it click” sounds familiar, then you’ll know we are talking about seat belts.

Recent statistics have shown that if your seat belt is worn correctly, your chance of surviving a car crash increases by up to 40%.  It’s quite costly if you forget to belt up, and also if your children are not safely restrained.

Also, several people have called in at the Howick police station having lost large sums of money to scammers.   Read about it all here….

Counties Manukau Police – Prevention 101

new policetTHBCheck out the November issue of Prevention 101

Fourteen articles to choose from.  We found the article on the 13 new police officers shortly to be on the beat interesting and if you’re into art, the ‘Paint the cells’ item might tickle your fancy.

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  • Road safety
  • Where are your kids?
  • Boat Safety
  • 13 new officers on the beat
  • Vehicle Crime
  • Beach Safety
  • Diwali
  • Driveways
  • Gun Safety
  • Water Safety
  • Family violence
  • Parties
  • Police Open Day
  • Paint the cells competition
  • Call Crimestoppers


Teenage parties and the potential for trouble and fines

By Sergeant Brett Meale of the Howick Police.

PartyTHBWith the school year rapidly winding down, it is timely to provide some prevention advice for both the senior students and their parents, with regards to alcohol and parties. For many, this may well be their last year at school and as such many students decide to hold parties to celebrate that milestone with their school friends, while others may well have parties for other reasons as summer fast approaches.

If you’re having a party you want to have fun, but you also want to avoid any trouble as well. As the host, it is your responsibility to make sure drinking does not get out of hand and your party does not get out of control.  Read on to learn how to successfully manage your party and avoid a $2000 fine.

Hints for a safe Guy Fawkes night

By Constable Anson Lin

GuyFawkesTHBWith Guy Fawkes celebrations just around the corner, it is timely to cover off the potential issues with fireworks if used inappropriately or unsafely.

Every year emergency services are kept busy during this period due to the unsafe behaviour of a minority in the community, who see it as an excuse to damage property and behave disorderly while letting off fireworks.

Fireworks can only be sold by retailers during the period of 2nd November – 5th November. They can only be sold to persons 18 years and over and should only be used in the manner for which they were designed, or as per their instructions.

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