Howick Local Board News – Sept 2015

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Catch up on local news in this Howick Local Board news letter.  The topics are:

Crashes Happen ….. Now what?

DarrinHeavenTHBBy Constable Darrin Heaven

Unfortunately, crashes do happen. Over your lifetime it is likely that you could be involved in some way so it is important to know what to do.

If you are involved in a crash while driving and you are not badly injured, the first thing you must do is stop and check to see if anyone is hurt, and provide assistance.

If someone is hurt, you must tell a police officer as soon as possible and no later than 24 hours after the crash.  Read the rest here….


Community Meetings held

EdgewaterTHBAnchorage Park and Riverina neighbours meet

30 members of the community meet at the Anchorage Park Community House on Monday the 7th Sept and a further 36 met at the Riverina School Hall on Monday 21st to discuss concerns about behaviour in their neighbourhood and what they can do to reduce or eliminate it.  The hour long meetings were organised by the Community Policing Unit operating in the Edgewater suburb and supported by the Pakuranga and Bucklands Beach Neighbourhood Support Committee.

Sergeant Steve Downie the Police team leader addressed the meeting and answered questions and also sat down afterwards with several small groups of residents to provide advice and answer further questions.  Four members of neighbourhood support delivered a presentation that guided the residents through the steps required to successfully set up street groups of 5 families using the Civil Defence system of ‘Connect Four’.  Connecting with and getting to know the neighbours on either side of you, behind you and across the street. See more information here….


By Sergeant Sarah Hill Road Policing Unit – Counties Manukau

smartphoneimageThis month Police are running an Operation focusing on Distractions while driving. Police locally and nationwide will be paying particular attention to those drivers who are putting peoples’ lives at risk when they use their mobile phone while driving.

This is about making our roads safer. We need to look after the people we share the roads with, other drivers deserve your full attention on the road. As drivers we all need to be aware of the very real risk that distractions represent, especially talking on mobile phones.  Read the rest of the article here…


Tsunami Warning – midday 16th Sept 2015

This National Warning has been issued by the Ministry of Civil Defence Emergency Management:

Auckland CDEM are seeking clarification regarding threat to Auckland and Great Barrier. National Warning: Tsunami Marine and Beach Threat

No: 01

Issued at 12:00 hours on 17 September 2015.

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) has issued a tsunami warning (marine and beach threat) for East Cape, Chatham Islands, Coromandel, and Banks Peninsula.

People in the above coastal areas should:

1. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities)

2. Stay off beaches and shore areas

3. Do not go sightseeing

4. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends

5. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates

6. Follow instructions of local civil defence authorities

The tsunami warning will remain in effect until a cancellation message is

issued by MCDEM. Updates will be issued hourly.  More details here……


Quarterly Newsletter published

SHakeout THB

The Pakuranga and Bucklands Beach Neighbourhood Support newsletter was published this evening. The topics are:

  • Shake Down practice planned for 15th October 2015
  • Edgewater building a great neighbourhood
  • Developing Civil Resilience
  • Neighbourliness
  • You called 111 and nothing much happened
  • Neighbours Day 19th March 2016
  • Options for reporting crime
  • Tamaki River Festival – Feb 2016
  • Committee member changes

Mobile Policing Unit in Edgewater

Police step up their presence in Edgewater Suburb

By Sergeant Brett Meale

EdgewaterTHBYou may have seen last month some media around the introduction of a new Neighbourhood Policing Team into the Edgewater area, so this is an opportune time to explain a little about their purpose.

Neighbourhood Policing Teams were introduced to New Zealand a few years ago, intended to help build capability within the community itself by working in problem-solving partnership to identify issues in order to prevent them escalating and to ensure the community are safe and feel safe. These teams were intended as long-term investments and they are all still in place.  Read more here…..


Help Shape Auckland

Have your say on the draft Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group Plan and some upcoming projects.
In the meantime if you have any queries, please contact us at:

  • Draft Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group Plan
  • City Centre projects coming up
  • Broadband ROI submitted to the NZ Government
  • Food grading survey results

Help Shape Auckland  Display it here.

Weather Alert 31st August 2015

Civil Def Auck CouncilMetService have a Severe Watch in place for strong wind and possible downpours tonight 31st August 2015, and during Tuesday morning.  The highest risk period is from midnight through to 10am.

Widespread wind damage and flooding is not expected however some localised issues may occur where downpours form.  This weather is expected to coincide with high king tides tonight and tomorrow morning.

East coast high tide is expected to peak at 3.72m at 8.37pm tonight.  In the hours either side of this tide, it is likely that very low lying northerly facing roads, such as Tamaki Drive west of Ngapipi Road, may be affected by some waves and inundation.

On Tuesday morning, depending on weather timing, high tide combined with strong winds overnight may cause inundation of northerly facing roads between 7am and 9.30am.  If inundation occurs, this will coincide with morning peak traffic potentially causing significant disruption on some arterial roads such as Tamaki Drive.

Staff from the Auckland Emergency Coordination Centre will monitor conditions around these high tides and provide additional updates if necessary.


Matthew Bramhall

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

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