Eastern Courier : November 12th 2010
3 EASTERN COURIER, NOVEMBER 12, 2010 NEWS We Cut Cut to size while you wait Proudly New Zealand owned & operated Only available at plus commercial plastic foam rubber THE HUB 451 Ti Rakau Dr Phone 09 271 4550 OPEN 7 DAYS Mon-Fri 9.00-5.30pm Sat 9.00-5.00pm Sun 10.00-5.00pm Te Irirangi Dr Ti Rakau Dr THE HUB Parking Wendys Payless Norman Ross Early Settler SPECIALIST PLASTIC WARE CENTRES SPECIALS AVAILABLE UNTIL SUNDAY 14th NOVEMBER OR WHILE STOCKS LAST 30% OFF -- NO EXCEPTIONS -- ALL INTEX POOLS & INFLATABLES -- FRI/SAT/SUN ONLY SALE IN PROGRESS -- MANY SPECIALS INSTORE Usually $9850 Now $5999 Usually $7190 Now $4990 Usually $6390 Now $3999 Usually $1799 Now $1199 •NZma • Adult • Filled Camp Mattress Rubbish Bin • NZ made • 40mm • 1900x600 • NZ made •60Ltr • Black æ • All Colours • Order your party requirements now HELIUM BALLOONSæ • NZ made • 100mm • 1980x900 Single Mattress $ ad ade e i size Cotton Bean Bags $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 3 0mm 1900x 0 600 0 IN BRIEF Readership up The latest Nielsen Readership Survey confirms that Suburban Newspapers readership continues to grow and dominate the Auckland market. Suburban Newspapers reach 65.6 percent of people in Auckland aged 15+ with a combined average issue readership of 690,000 people. By comparison the New Zealand Herald has an average issue readership of 423,000 and reaches only 40.2 percent of people in Auckland aged 15+. Suburban Newspapers has 267,000 more readers or 63.1 percent more readers than the New Zealand Herald. Source: Nielsen Readership Survey Q4.09-Q3.10: Auckland 15+ Backyard bliss A Pakuranga man has the best backyard in the upper North Island judged in a Backyard Beauty Contest. The Stihl Shop's pageant saw more than 130 people enter a picture of either their own or someone else's backyard in the hope of being crowned the best or worst garden owner. ''I have always liked grass and got a bit bored one day so decided to undertake this project which has transformed my backyard into a mini golf green,'' winner Darryl Kay says. ''It took four men seven days to wheelbarrow in 200 cubic metres of soil and rock to retain my backyard, which sits on the harbour's edge. ''I am quite proud of it and guests always marvel at it,'' he says. Raffle on The Highland Park Sewing group is holding a raffle to raise funds to sew clothes for Kidz First Children's hospital and trauma teddies for St John Ambulance. There are prize draws on November 26 and December 2. First prizes are large quilts with prizes for runners-up. Tickets are $2 or three for $5 from Serendipity Hair Salon, Vincent St, Hodgsons Sewing Centre and the Howick craft market on Cook St. Simon makes it 300 Milestone: Simon Wallis, pictured with Police Minister Judith Collins and district commander Mike Bush, is the 300th extra police officer to be recruited and start work in Counties Manukau. Photo: SIMON WATTS By NICOLA WILLIAMS THE 300th extra police officer to start work in Counties Manukau says it s an honour to take the mile- stone position. Constable Simon Wallis marks the fulfillment of a government election promise to boost police numbers in the district. It also fulfils a personal ambition to join the force from a young age. It s something I d always wanted to do. When I left school they said I was a bit young and to get some life experience, so 10 years later I gave it a shot and here I am. Mr Wallis says the boost in officers gives others reassur- ance there is plenty of back- up when required. He is looking forward to the challenge, variety and people he will meet in the dis- trict. They always talk about how no day is ever the same, and it s so true, he says. Police Minister Judith Col- lins says the rest of the country has its eyes on the innovative, proactive poli- cing methods in Counties Manukau. I am around the country all the time and police are constantly talking about what s going on here. What we are seeing here is a drop in crime. Superintendent Mike Bush says the recruitment drive targeted people who live in Counties Manukau to reflect the demographic of the com- munity. It took us 12 months to recruit the 300 and pretty much everyone in the district was involved. He says high visibility poli- cing provides a lot of reassur- ance to the community. When we go to incidents where violence may be antici- pated staff feel a lot more secure knowing they have plenty of back-up. The impact is in its infancy but already paying dividends, he says. Students' film sends sober message By KRISTINA RAPLEY Flashback: Blake Mallinson, left, and Calvin Sang from the winning team. Moving, haunting and action- packed. This is how judges described the winners of this years Turners Short Film Awards run by Students Against Drink Driving and Blue Light. The Botany Downs Sec- ondary College team was named the national winner at a red carpet awards cer- emony last week for their film Drive. The team of six 16-year- olds are from Botany, Saint Kentigern, and Michael Park School in Ellerslie. They won $1000 for them- selves, $1000 for Botany Downs Secondary College and their video will be shown to students in every high school in New Zealand. Director Calvin Sang says they are thrilled about the win. We ve put in heaps of effort sand we are passionate about letting students know that you can have a good time and drink, just don t drive, he says. Judges said their film was outstanding and they would love to watch a feature length film produced by them. The awards encourage teenagers to tackle the issue of drink-driving on screen and all finalist films can be viewed and purchased on DVD from www.sadd.org.nz. The group members are Blake Mallinson from Botany Downs Secondary College, Calvin Sang from Saint Kentigern College, and Michael Park School students Tay Pattison, Philippa Ste- phens, Indira Force and Preyanka Regunathan, all 16.
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