Eastern Courier : February 23rd 2011
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Let us show you: • How you can retire early and retire wealthy, even if you are starting with nothing • Why you can't rely on the Government to look after you in retirement • How to build a solid portfolio to create wealth, without risking everything • Strategies you can use if you can't get finance • Ways to buy property with no money down • How to leverage your time and money For FREE tickets to one of our upcoming Auckland training workshops, Register online at www.propertyapprentice.com/events.htm or call us on 09 5757736. IN BRIEF Name released Police have released the name of a 45-year-old woman who was killed at her Aberfeldy Ave home last week. Titiksha Desal, 45, died as a result of injuries received in an attack. A 47-year-old man appeared in the Manukau District Court on February 15 charged with murder. He has been remanded in custody to reappear on March 9. PM on radio Prime Minister John Key will be taking questions from Botany residents on local radio station Botany FM 107. MrKeyisonairatnoonfor 30 minutes on February 25. Hear his take on the economy, law and order, health, employment and his thoughts on the Botany by- election. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sea larvae warning Check the water before you go for a swim. The Auckland Regional Public Health Service has issued a warning to people using Hauraki Gulf beaches including Cockle Bay, Eastern Beach and Howick. In summer, the rise in sea water temperature causes the number and concentration of jellyfish and sea anemone larvae to rise, St John medical director Tony Smith says. The larvae are almost impossible to see as they are transparent and about the size of a grain of pepper. The larvae sting the skin, resulting in a blotchy, itchy rash where the larvae have been trapped against the skin. The rash usually takes many days to go away. Antihistamines and steroids will help, but usually only partially, Dr Smith says. There is no way to absolutely avoid the larvae unless you stay out of the sea. Avoid warm still water and minimise clothing worn in the water as it helps to trap them against the skin. Remove togs as soon as possible after swimming and wash them before using them again -- rinsing only may not remove all the larvae. Policing unit attains high standards THE FINDINGS June 2006: Counties Manukau had built up a backlog of child abuse investigation files, due to several factors including three intensive child homicide inquiries earlier that year. The district asked national headquarters for help to clear the backlog. September 2006: The Counties Manukau's Child Abuse Team File Management System was adopted and modified by Wairarapa CIB. September 2006: Counties Manukau was found to be the only district where staff working on child abuse investigations were not called out or placed on a duty roster. February to October 2009: Counties Manukau was chosen to pilot the case management model, a system where case details are recorded and the process and case requirements outlined and monitored. If that model worked in a ''complex district'' like Counties Manukau it would ''be likely to succeed in other less challenging districts''. August 2009 to February 2010: In Operation Scope, a national audit of child abuse investigation files, Counties Manukau is regarded as a ''model'' district. Information collected from Operation Scope and authority inquiries showed Counties Manukau had an effective investigation team and practices. The team worked well despite the district's large size and diverse communities and ''this model should be carefully considered by all districts''. COUNTIES Manukau has been described as a model policing district when it comes to investigating child abuse. An Independent Police Complaints Authority report into the handling of child abuse cases says the district has high standards when investigating such cases and recommends other districts should follow its lead. The report, released last week, is part two of an inquiry sparked after more than 100 languishing child abuse files were discovered in the Wairarapa CIB in 2009. The authority then re- visited 7000 child abuse files over 25 years. It found hundreds of chil- dren reported as being sexually abused by family members were failed by police through delays, poor investigations and improper filing. Five police officers have been investigated and cleared of misconduct, six other con- duct investigations have been completed and seven are yet to be finished. A disciplinary committee decides on action when all the investigations are complete. The authority has conclu- ded there were serious failures in the police investi- gation of child abuse which must never be repeated, authority chairwoman Jus- tice Lowell Goddard says. Counties Manukau and Auckland were assessed as being model districts with minimal files that required a revisit. District commander super- intendent Mike Bush says Counties Manukau has a strong focus on child abuse. We continue to work closely with our partners Child, Youth and Family and the Manukau District Health Board to provide victims with the very best service and sup- port, he says. Part one of the authority s investigation, reported in May last year, made 34 rec- ommendations for improve- ments to systems and police had responded positively, the authority says. Part two of the report has focused on the nature and reasons for failures and examined the response of dis- tricts and police national headquarters. Film crew brings rain to Botany for shoot By KRISTINA RAPLEY Take one: Director of photography Chris Sabogal shoots a commercial in Botany. Photos: FIONA GOODALL Torrential rain, umbrellas and raincoats are not every- day items at this time of year. But they were all part of the backdrop for an inter- national commercial being filmed in Botany last Wed- nesday. Opito Way in the New Haven complex set the scene for Auckland-based pro- duction company Joyride Films who were shooting the commercial for a brand of wood protection products. The commercial shows wood surviving through all kinds of weather. Executive producer for Joyride Films Anzak Tindall says New Zealand was the perfect place to shoot the commercial. New Zealand is really well-known for having good film crews and good special effects. This street was chosen because the houses are all quite generic. They are close to the street, all in a row and close together which is what we need for the shoot, Mr Tindall says. The fake rain was created by a rain spinner that pumps water from a fire hydrant, coming out of a rod with swivelling spouts, cre- ating a constant downpour. Mr Tindall says it s quite a large scale job and their special effects budget is $20,000.
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