Eastern Courier : December 8th 2010
2 EASTERN COURIER, DECEMBER 8, 2010 NEWS As part of the Government's Youth Guarantee scheme, MIT has FREE spaces for young people to study for a tertiary qualification. It means you can get the skills and qualifications for great jobs in building and construction, hairdressing, business administration and computing, hospitality, horticulture and floristry, baking, travel and tourism, mechanical engineering and more. If that sounds like you, or like someone you know, get in touch with us right now. Call us right now on 0800 YOUTH G. That's 0800 96 88 44. There are limited FREE spaces available and special criteria apply so call now, visit www.manukau.ac.nz or call in to the information evening on Thursday 9 December between 3.30pm and 6.30pm for more details. 16 and 17 year olds have the chance to study for FREE at MIT. Which means saving thousands of dollars in course fees. YOUTH GUARANTEE Thursday December MIT Information Centre, JKL Block, Gate 1, Newbury Street, Otara. Call in any time between 3.30pm and 6.30pm. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND COMPUTING HAIRDRESSING 7606 000112R Subs 9 INFORMATION EVENING IN BRIEF Man seriously hurt A 25-year-old man was taken to hospital in a critical condition after a Whitford Rd crash. Police say the man was hanging out a rear window of the car which was driven by a 19-year-old Westmere man. The car failed to take a bend on Whitford Rd in Howick and crashed about 1.55am on Friday. The other passengers were unhurt. The driver was charged with drink-driving. Police say other charges are likely. The road was closed for four hours. Drink responsibly The Alcohol Advisory Council and the Accident Compensation Corporation are urging people to drink responsibly during the festive season. ''Christmas is a time for celebration but let's not make alcohol and getting drunk the focus of the celebrations," ALAC chief executive Gerard Vaughan says. "At this time of the year many people drink too much and end up hurting themselves and others. ''Drinking alcohol increases the likelihood of injury from falls, fights, burns and road crashes. Nobody wants to end up in hospital over Christmas so ease up on the drink," ACC's Keith McLea says. Go to www.alcohol.org.nz for tips on how to be a responsible host. Another stream mop-up after oil spill By MATT BOWEN Clean-up efforts: Council spill response contractors collect remaining oil from the Pakuranga Stream surface behind the Highland Park Community House. Photo: MATT BOWEN Oil-drenched ducks were the only reported casualties dur- ing a spate of spills into a neighbourhood stream. In the past two weeks the Auckland Council has mopped up after three reports of pollution in Pakuranga Stream. Resource consents ma- nager Heather Harris says it's unusual but they're not thought to be related. The first two on November 24 and 27 were probably from engine oil dumped into the stormwater system. Members of the public reported them near Manda- rin Place in Highland Park. The first was traced back to Damson Place but no source was found. The second leak was traced to a different outflow but again the source was not identified. The third and most severe spill of up to 100 litres occurred last Thursday. Ms Harris says the cause is still under investigation although they believe it's linked to a hydraulic oil spill from a truck. At this stage we are still unsure how the oil reached the creek but we are investigating.'' Auckland Council officers and council contractors were on site over two days cleaning up the creek behind the High- land Park Community House off Aviemore Drive. A sucker truck was used in the clean-up along with booms, an absorbent fence and other absorbent materials. Ms Harris says the clean- ups were effective so the effects will be short term. If it wasn't for the observ- ant public and clean-up efforts the effects would be longer term,'' she says. She says it could also poison aquatic life and affect ducks' ability to float, fly and swim. Oil stained ducks were seen in all three cases although the SPCA was only called on the third and four ducks were taken away to be washed. Ms Harris says once the investigation is over costs recovery and/or enforcement will be considered. Whatever goes down the external drains and stormwater system is eventu- ally going to end up in the local waterway or the sea.'' Report pollution events 24 hours a day seven days a week to 377-3107. Police abandon car chase as driving worsens Drivers who flee from police put themselves and innocent road users at great risk.'' Inspector Jason Malcolm of Counties Manukau police was commenting after the death of a woman in a crash on Chapel Rd at about noon on Sunday. She was a passen- ger in a car that was fleeing from police. Two other female pas- sengers were admitted to Middlemore Hospital in serious condition and the male driver had moderate injuries. Police had spoken briefly to the driver of the vehicle at Maraetai Beach before he sped from the scene. Police followed but aban- doned the chase when his driving deteriorated. A short time later the vehicle was found crashed in a ditch at Flat Bush. The serious crash unit and the Independent Police Con- duct Authority are investigating. Mr Malcolm says police are in a difficult position when it comes to a fleeing driver fail- ing to stop. Ultimately, the onus of responsibility rests with the offending drivers.'' Police are appealing for information, phone 261-1300.
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