Free ‘Alcohol and Other Drugs’ training courses for youth workers

Here is a range of free training courses located in Papatoetoe and available to people who work with youth in South Auckland. Follow this link to view the course details Abacus 2015 Seminar Series Flyer

Here are some general updates that may also be of interest:

Child abuse figures still high but have declined 12%

 LGBTIQ Youth Conference 2015

Youth Week

Working effectively with NZ young people with drug and alcohol issues (with Ben Birks Ang) *cost

Childhood Trauma: Trauma sensitive practice in schools *cost

Suicide Prevention Conference 2015 *cost

Information supplied by Rosetta Reti Simanu, Senior Community Development and Facilitator, Auckland Council

National Civil Defence and Emergency Mgmt announces new Director








On 9 December 2014, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Chief Executive Andrew Kibblewhite announced the appointment of Sarah Stuart-Black as the new Director of the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management.

SarahStuart-Black CDSarah has been with MCDEM since 2003, and had been the Acting Director since John Hamilton’s retirement on 31 October 2014.

Sarah has a Bachelor of Science in Development and Health in Disaster Management with Honours and a Masters by Research in Disaster Management, and is originally a registered comprehensive nurse by training.

Read the full newsletter here.  This January 2015 newsletter sets out the goals for Civil Defence for 2015 which are very comprehensive.


Take care at the beach and remember the sea food regulations

By Community Constable Julia Williams 25th January 2015

Julia WilliamsTHBIt has certainly been tough coming back to work after a couple of week’s holiday up north enjoying this absolutely stunning weather we’ve been having. Having worn shorts and singlets for two weeks, the hardest thing about being back was getting used to wearing long pants, a hat and 6kg in stab resistant body armour and appointments in this heat.   It is great to be back though, getting stuck in to the New Year and seeing what it brings with our national strategy continuing around crime prevention and a strong victim focus. Read more….On the beat Shellfish Eastern Beaches 22 1 15

Theft ex cars down, theft ex homes up

BurglarTHBsmlThe local police reminders to not leave goods on display in cars has with assistance from Crime Watch Patrols and Neighbourhood Support volunteers, seen a significant drop in theft ex cars in our local malls and residential areas.  Sadly reports now show that burglaries in the residential areas are on the increase, especially from homes left open while the owners are socialising or working in the back yard. 17 house burglaries occurred during the week 13th to 18th January :

  • 6 in Pakuranga
  • 6 in Bucklands Beach
  • 2 in Highland Park
  • 3 in Howick.

Remember, if you are working or socializing outside, secure house doors and windows that are not in view.

Residents New Year Party

ReelickPicnic102 residents in Reelick Ave, Studfall St, Hope Farm Ave, Cascades Road and Walworth Ave joined together at Reelick Reserve on Saturday January 3rd from 4pm to 6pm to celebrate the new year.   The children enjoyed playing coconut shies, petanque and french cricket while the organizers barbequed numerous sausage, steaks and chicken drumsticks. They hope to meet again on National Neighbours Day on the 29th March.

Heroes and Villians Bed Race

Peace Angels organize a BED RACE at the Auckland Domain

BedRaceLooking for a family challenge? Here’s one that might suit.
Build your own ‘family powered bed’ and then race it at the Auckland Domain on Saturday 22nd March 2015.

Every charity at The King Koil Great Auckland Bed Race is represented by one (or more) running team(s) of seven people (six racers / one passenger), whose first responsibility is to construct their own “racing bed”. Racing teams raise funds for their chosen charity in advance of the event via donations, charitable gifts, on-line giving, corporate sponsorship, etc.

Click here to view the details of the race.

Howick Local Board – January 2015 News

Local Board news headingE-Bulletin January 2015

We value your input on Auckland’s proposed 10-year budget. From 23 January to 16 March, council is talking to our communities on its 10 year budget, known as the Long Term Plan 2015-2025. During this time, there will be many ways for you to have your say so look out for an event near you. We face big challenges with more people coming to live in Auckland. This means… Read more here .HLB Jan Newsletter2015


Have your say on the 10 year budget…
Spread the word…
Photos  and contacts for all the board members…


Merry Christmas and please be careful on the road

CrashesTHBHere is a link to a New Zealand Herald webpage that displays the accident hotspots across the country.  You can filter the statistics by type, cause and national holidays.

Some of them such as the motorcyclists and the trucks options are downright alarming.  Congratulations to Richard Law and Andrew Parnell for presenting this information in such an informative manner and to the Herald for publishing it.  And do please drive, walk and cycle carefully on the roads at all times, not just during the holidays.


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