Eastern Courier : February 2nd 2011
3 EASTERN COURIER, FEBRUARY 2, 2011 NEWS Affordable, Flexible In-Home Childcare PORSE Howick Ph 273 9790 w ww.PORSE.co.nz Home is best for children! 3158582AR Bringing out the BEST in Everyone the Difference is DRAMAtic! www.helenogrady.co.nz 09 836 0233 Classes Epsom Kohimarama Mt Eden One Tree Hill Pakuranga Papakura Papatoetoe Pukekohe Remuera IN BRIEF Storm damage Firefighters were out in force again last weekend helping out with storm damage. Howick Fire Station received 10 callouts to flooding on Friday night and the Howick Volunteer Brigade responded to two. Wet weather affected houses all over Howick, especially in low lying areas. Howick firefighter Daniel McCarthy says most of the callouts were due to leaky roofs. ''Unfortunately there wasn't a lot we could do for people except pump the water out.'' He says some of the homes were flooded the previous weekend but residents hadn't had time to get the problems fixed. Woman charged A 31-year-old Asian woman has been charged with manslaughter after the death of her partner from a stab wound to the neck late last year. The 45-year-old man died on the way to hospital after the incident at a house in Willoughby Ave, Howick, last December. The woman is due to appear in the Manukau District Court for a bail hearing on February 9. The couple's three-month-old child is in the care of Child Youth and Family. DIY campaign A Switch on to Safety campaign aims to reduce deaths and injuries from DIY jobs. The Vector campaign reminds people about precautions like being aware of overhead lines when moving ladders and making sure that power tools and appliances do not come into contact with water. About 21,000 people are injured in their own homes doing jobs each year. A residual current device should be used when using electrical tools outside and power should be disconnected if it is necessary to work within four metres of a powerline. Underground cables and pipes can also be deadly and people need to find out the location of these if they are planning to dig out. Go to www.vector.co.nz for safety tips and a chance to win a share of $10,000. Family violence down By NICOLA WILLIAMS A POLICE campaign has helped to reduce family vio- lence during its peak season. Family violence co-ordin- ator sergeant Erin Johnston says the number of reported family violence incidents in Counties Manukau East in December was 304 compared with 384 in 2009. He puts the 15 percent reduction down to the preven- tion work carried out by police and other agencies. It appears it was a great success,'' he says. Letters were hand-deliv- ered to households that had come to police attention offer- ing prevention advice and numbers to call for help. Mr Johnston says the visits were well received. Family violence and neigh- bourhood policing teams visi- ted families throughout the period to see if there were problems. The main issues were alcohol and financial stress. Mr Johnston says half of police callouts were at the low end of the scale''. Of the incidents we did attend a lot were minor.'' This helped to prevent them escalating into more serious incidents, he says. There was a huge re- duction in repeat offending over that period.'' Campaigns educating people that abusive behav- iour is not acceptable are helping to break the cycle when domestic violence has taken place generation after generation. Mr Johnston says it's tragic when children witness the abuse. Kids think it's the natural way of living.'' Abusive relationships are an issue school counsellors deal with because violent teen relationships are also classified as family violence. Mr Johnston says if young people are constantly getting text messages from a partner wanting to know where they are or demanding all of their time they should seek help. He wants people to remem- ber the main message of awareness campaigns is that it is okay to ask for help. Call Eastern Women's refuge on 576-6551, Counties police on 259-0600 or 111 for emergencies. Stay safe -- stop kids playing with fire At risk: Fire risk management officer Phil Faidley with a burnt smoke alarm showing what can happen if children have access to matches or lighters. Photo: KRISTINA RAPLEY By KRISTINA RAPLEY We are all fascinated by fire. But sometimes the fascin- ation can be dangerous es- pecially if young children are involved. The Fire Service has reported a spate'' of fires in the past month caused by children under five playing with matches or lighters. Manukau fire risk manage- ment officer Phil Faidley says even though some lighters claim to be childproof, it doesn't take long for a child to figure out how to use them. Always keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children. We don't care how many times we have to remind people, we'll say it for as long as we have to,'' he says. Matches and lighters need to be kept away from kids, and working smoke alarms and escape plans save lives.'' There are a number of reasons children become interested in starting fires including curiosity, attention seeking and peer pressure. Mr Faidley says if a parent has concerns about negative fire behaviour the Fire Ser- vice has a fire awareness intervention programme designed to stop children from ages five to seven light- ing fires. The programme is free, confidential and usually takes place in the child's own home. Call 0800-FIRE-INFO or visit www.fire.org.nz.
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