Eastern Courier : November 25th 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz 6 EASTERN COURIER, NOVEMBER 25, 2011 NEWS Newmarket Connection Freephone 0508 CONNECT (266 6328) nzta.govt.nz/newmarketconnection | facebook.com/switchmyroute AVOID SH1 SOUTH OVER NEWMARKET MOTORWAY LANE CLOSURES SOUTHBOUND • 18 hour closure, 6pm Saturday -- noon Sunday, 3-4 Dec • Three southbound motorway lanes closed over Newmarket • Plan your journey to avoid delays • This closure will enable the new northbound and southbound viaducts over Newmarket to be concreted ("stitched") together Thieves lurk around falls carpark Keeping safe: Counties Manukau south police senior sergeant Gaylene Rogers talks to tramper Conrad Bryant from Flat Bush about keeping safe in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park. Photo: FIONA GOODALL By MELISSA KINEALY Increasing crime and vandal- ism are ruining the wild beauty of the Hunua Falls and its surrounding regional park, rangers say. Noticeboards, gates and bollards have been damaged within Hunua Ranges Regional Park and a park vol- unteer house broken into and equipment stolen. Thieves are also targeting cars, mostly at Hunua Falls, and stealing mobile phones, wallets and other personal items. Southern regional parks principal ranger Tony Oliver says the mindless vandalism and petty theft is very frus- trating''. There have been been 14 incidents since February, most of them near Hunua Falls and Mangatawhiri. The rangers are fighting back. They're joining forces with police and Watercare Services, which has four supply dams in the ranges, to increase security in the area and continue to remind park visitors not to leave valuables in their cars. Security cameras and an automatic gate could be options in the future if things don't improve. People come to the Hunua Ranges to relax and enjoy the outdoors,'' Mr Oliver says. We don't want their visits marred by this sort of behav- iour and we recommend people think carefully about what they leave in their cars. The damage done to our infrastructure comes at a cost to ratepayers and park users. The theft of equipment and vandalism at the volun- teer house is especially saddening as every penny counts for volunteer groups.'' Officer in charge of preven- tion with Counties Manukau south senior sergeant Gay- lene Rogers says police are stepping up their presence in the area. They're working with the rangers to beef up security and put up larger signs. The park is for all of us, we have to protect this place,'' she says. Police are happy to respond and check if people call them about incidents. Note the registration numbers down and let us know.'' Thieves might have been targeting the Hunua area for months but crime increases in the regional parks Auckland-wide at this time of year, she says. Park visitors are urged to be vigilant. Ms Rogers says she's seen people leave their keys in their vehicles, bags on the front seats and GPS in the windows. There's a misconception that goods are safer in the car, she says. Her advice is simple: Take a backpack, take it all with you. If there's nothing in there for thieves to take eventually they will stop doing it.'' Visitors who see thieves at work in the Hunua area or who encounter vandalism in the park, should notify the police and also phone the Auckland Council on 301-0101. The Hunua Falls carpark is open from 8am each morning and closes each night at 9pm during daylight saving time and 7pm during the winter months. Choir in search of new voices In tune: The City of Auckland Singers are searching for new members. The City of Auckland Singers are looking for new members to help celebrate the group's 40th anniversary next year. The group is also looking for a new pianist because their current accompanist will be taking a leave of absence. Their repertoire includes traditional favourites, show music, spirituals and hit songs. Earlier in the year the singers attended the 50th International Choral Compe- tition in Rimini, Italy. They won an award for their performance in the pop and jazz music category and the audience broke with tra- dition and spontaneously applauded their perform- ance of Tarakihi in the folk and traditional category. The majority of the choirs in the competition were from Eastern Europe and Italy and sang highly technical a cappella music. In 2013 they will complete a short North Island tour before heading to the United States and Canada to com- pete in 2014. For more information or if you are interested in singing with the group visit www.cityofaucklandsingers. net.nz or contact Lynda Trembath at email@example.com or phone 274-7117.
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