Eastern Courier : December 22nd 2010
12 EASTERN COURIER, DECEMBER 22, 2010 CLASSIFIEDNEWS Grand Opening NOWOPEN7DAYSAWEEK-- FRESHLY BAKED EVERY DAY Great range of hot breads including speciality loaves, cakes, slices, lunch snacks, muffins, pies, doughnuts plus many more freshly baked goodies every day. Shop 44, 505 Pakuranga Road, Pakuranga Phone 532 9911 Free Muffin per customer when you spend $5 or more or for $1 extra buy a regular size takeaway coffee. Crackdown on drink drivers Get tough: Graham Emery, left, and Keith Brady are cracking down on alcohol-fuelled offending. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS By NICOLA WILLIAMS Police have joined forces with their Australian colleagues to tackle alcohol-related offend- ing. Operation Unite is running simultaneously on both sides of the Tasman with a focus on enforcement and awareness. Australasian police are committed to try and influ- ence the binge drinking cul- ture and are united in their resolve to reduce drinking in public places, Counties Manukau operations superin- tendent Graham Emery says. Drink drivers can expect to get caught with extra staff working throughout the dis- trict at breath testing checkpoints. We ve got intel units giv- ing us information on hot locations, Mr Emery says. Police will also be working to prevent disorder and fam- ily violence stemming from alcohol. Mr Emery says police don t want to put a dampener on anyone s festivities but he urges responsibility. Everyone has the right to be safe and feel safe, he says. Harmful alcohol use is estimated to cost New Zea- land about $5 billion a year. It includes costs to the victims of crime, the use of police resources, court- related costs and prison costs. An estimated 32 percent of the police budget is spent on alcohol and drug-related offending. At least a third of all recorded offences are commit- ted after the offender has con- sumed alcohol. Mr Emery says police are taking a multi-agency approach and using Maori and Pacific wardens. Prevention will be a main emphasis. We ve got a heck of a lot of staff involved. We ll be geared to hot locations over sum- mer. He says police want to eliminate violence in public places resulting from excess- ive drinking. We ve had tremendous support internally and exter- nally. We have received excel- lent intelligence and support from the district licensing unit, he says. Despite widespread aware- ness drink driving is unac- ceptable, it is still astonishing people choose to put lives at risk, he says. We re running big operations and still getting high numbers of drink drivers. It s frustrating the message is not being taken up, Mr Brady says. IN BRIEF Platinum CD The Salvation Army's It's a Wrap Christmas CD has reached platinum status for the third consecutive year. The CD sold more than 15,000 copies since its November launch. Proceeds went to the Salvation Army's Christmas appeal, helping those in need during the holiday season. The 15-track CD included many Christmas favourites arranged with a big band feel. Honoured SPCA national chief executive Robyn Kippenberger has been recognised with an international award for her work saving the lives of abandoned animals. Ms Kippenberger is one of five recipients of the Henry Bergh leadership award and the first outside the United States to be recognised in its six years. The award recognises an unwavering commitment to ending the systematic killing of animals. The SPCA's Saving Lives campaign focuses on reducing the numbers of animals euthanised in centres. Ms Kippenberger says there are more humane alternatives to putting down animals. Her goal is to achieve a situation where no animals at the SPCA are put down because of lack of space.
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