Eastern Courier : April 8th 2011
8 EASTERN COURIER, APRIL 8, 2011 NEWS We're getting safer -- official By NICOLA WILLIAMS 13.6% Offences down in Counties Manukau East 51.3% Resolutions up from 38 percent in 2008 100% Howick residents feel safe at home during day We are achieving safer communities together. That s reflected in the recently- released crime figures that show a drop in crime. We ve done a lot of proactive work to try and reduce crime and it is pleasing to see that it has, but we don t take full responsibility for that -- the community s involvement is important as well, area com- mander inspector Jim Searle says. Our intelligence has got better, our interaction with community groups who are supporting us has got better and we are still feeling the effects of the 300 extra staff who are allowing us to do more at the right time. Offences per 10,000 population is down by 13.6 percent in Counties Manukau East. Over the past three years we have had substantial reductions in crime. Our resolutions have improved fairly dramatically, they have gone from 38 percent in 2008 to 51.3 percent. Just as satisfying is the district survey of how people feel as far as safety is concerned, Mr Searle says. One hundred percent of Howick residents and 97 percent of Botany residents feel safe in their homes during the day. Mr Searle says response times to reported crimes have improved but they will be working to make further gains in the area. Quicker response times have been due to more staff and and rostering staff better over peak times. We are not going to get another 300 extra officers so our challenge is to keep making improvements, Mr Searle says. We have to keep working hard at identifying our issues early and then responding appropriately. Mr Searle says police are pushing the Crimestoppers anonymous information line for the public to provide information to fight crime. Ideally it is best to report it to police but the phone line is still very valuable to get information from people who don t feel comfortable about talking to police. When it comes to obtaining search warrants having a name and being able to establish their credi- bility gives us a much better base to work from. Police are encouraged by a signifi- cant reduction in home burglaries. We ve had increases in dis- orderly behaviour and possession of cannabis but that means we are get- ting to incidents when they are still able to be resolved. There is a lot of preventative work being done by our staff but also by community groups like Crime Watch patrol, the Asian walking patrols, and Neighbour- hood Support groups. Mr Searle says drug offences have risen but he says it is likely to be because of more reporting than a higher prevalence of drugs. The rise is good because it means we are getting to more, We still remain concerned about methamphetamines because of how damaging it is. To report crime phone the Howick police station on 538-0300 or Crime- stoppers on 0800-555-111. Pilot s widow unhappy with coroner s ruling The widow of an Air New Zealand pilot killed in a plane crash off France says she feels disappointed after the coroner dismissed her con- cerns that damaged aircraft sensors played a significant role in the accident. Hamilton coroner Gordon Matenga s report on the five New Zealanders and two Germans who were killed when their Air New Zealand Airbus A320 crashed into the sea off France s Mediter- ranean coast on November 27, 2008, has been made pub- lic.Air New Zealand engineers Murray White, 37, from Pakuranga, Michael Gyles, 49, and Noel Marsh, 35, both from Christchurch, and Jeremy Cook, 58, an airworthiness inspector from Wellington, were on the flight. German pilots Norbert Kaeppel, 51, and co-pilot Theodor Ketzer, 58, were monitored by Air New Zea- land captain Brian Horrell, 52, of Howick, as they flew the jet. Mr Horrell s widow Shellie says she was disappointed that her submission was not accepted by the coroner. She says the lengthy pro- cess had been difficult for her and her children. Nothing in the coroner s report would change the fact that her husband and six other men were lost in the accident, Mrs Horrell says. Just as for the tragedies of the Pike River mine and Christchurch earthquake, sadly, there will always be unanswered questions for the loved ones left behind irres- pective of any investigations conducted. The coroner accepted findings from Paris-based Bureau d Enquetes et d Ana- lyses (BEA), which found fault with the pilots for mak- ing a risky manoeuvre. But Mrs Horrell says the plane sensors and onboard advisory systems had a sig- nificant role to play in the crash. BEA reported that EAS Industries, which had maintained the plane, hosed it with a fire hose without protecting the external sensor openings on the fusel- age. Water got into a couple of sensors that measured the wing s angle to air flow. Three days later the water was still in the sensors and froze, making it impossible for protection systems to pre- vent the aircraft from stalling. The current investigation of an Air France disaster in June 2009 was also reviewing concerns about the sensors on the plane. Mrs Horrell says her hus- band had a huge amount of respect for his job and always acted professionally. She voiced concerns about BEA s investigation in her submission to the coroner. The sensors are vulner- able, there is no system to detect their failure, and if crews rely on them ... then the same disaster awaits any such crew, Mrs Horrell wrote. Mr Matenga said that though she raised cogent arguments, I do not agree that the BEA investigation has not been thorough and has not been appropriately documented. It was extremely rare for a coroner in New Zealand to rule on deaths in another jurisdiction. Mr Matenga found that all five men died of multiple traumatic injuries sustained in a plane crash. He found the accident was not survivable. Air New Zealand also made a submission to the coroner. -- Fairfax Media STAGE ONE OF ST PAUL'S REBUILD STARTS Work starting: The Rev Strett Nicholson is pleased renovations are under way at St Paul's church. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS Chapel Rd church gets a makeover By NICOLA WILLIAMS St Paul s church will have a new lease on life. After six months of fundraising stage one of renovation plans are under way. The first phase involves the total rebuild of the lead glass windows that were vandalised about three years ago and the whole west face of the church facing Chapel Rd, the repiling of the vestry and painting, the Reverend Strett Nicholson says. It s the part of the build- ing which was in the worst condition. Mr Nicholson says piles had dropped and the church had rotting foundations. The cost of the first stage comes in at $30,000 while completing all four stages will require $200,000. The church was built in 1886 for the settler com- munity. What this renovation means is not only the honouring of the heritage but also giving joy to the new congregation -- being able to have a place of worship that is in a good state of repair. This phase will be com- plete by Palm Sunday dur- ing Holy Week so we will be able to celebrate with the newly-restored front, Mr Nicholson says. The church will need to raise another $50,000 to start the next phase which will involve a new roof and repairing of the bell. What I am excited about is that the church is a popu- lar small wedding venue and once it s in a good state I am sure we will have many more weddings here, he says. Gift of chickens helps families in need Why give an egg this Easter when you can give a chicken? Live baby chickens are becoming a popular gift to families in need in the devel- oping world through Child- Fund s Gifts that Grow pro- gramme. New Zealanders have pur- chased more than 50,000 baby chicks over the past five years. ChildFund New Zealand fundraising manager Kathy McKay has recently returned from seeing the gifts in action while helping families in Sri Lanka. She says the difference a brood of baby chickens can make to the lives of children cannot be underestimated. In a very short time 15 baby chicks grow into hens that lay up to 300 eggs a month, providing a great source of nutritious food for children plus much needed income for their families. You can buy a brood of 15 baby chicks for $46 and you ll get a special gift card explaining how it will benefit the recipient. To order visit www.child fund.org.nz.
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