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July Issue 2013

Pakuranga / Bucklands Beach


Committee members
Chair - Ayleen De Vilder
Deputy Chair – Sue Christie
Secretary – Karen Lusis
Treasurer – Pat Horner
Janita Isaacs
Louise Morley


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About this newsletter
This newsletter is published every two months. Contributions and comments are welcome.
Our Vision
“To work together as a community to achieve our aims of crime prevention and safety in the community, the promotions of neighbourliness and the establishment of emergency support systems. We desire to see the values of kindness, honesty, integrity, honour and dignity upheld in our community.”

The latest Howick Local Board newsletter arrived this week.  Included are these topics:
  • Pakuranga Town Centre Master Plan public meeting details (17th July)
  • William Green playing field update,
  • Library Wi Fi and revised opening hours,
  • Putting young Aucklanders first,
  • Matariki Festival. Open the newsletter…..
Like to know what's going on at the Plaza and the surrounding road works? We suggest the meeting on the 17th July could be worth a visit.

Meet our Co-ordinators
This issue we profile David Gordon, co-ordinator in the Cascades Road community in Pakuranga. David, supported by his wife Marilyn have been involved as Neighbourhood Support Coordinators  since 1977 and seen many changes. Read this article and see why David and Marilyn have a CB radio in their house and why it’s switched on all day, everyday. 

Parenting Teenagers
Parenting a teenager can be a bit of a challenge can’t it? Well help is at hand. A Sunday afternoon FREE course in Pakuranga may be just the answer to help smooth the way and increase our ability to guide and lead our adolescents along the way.  Here are the session topics:
1      Creating the right atmosphere
2      Meeting our teenagers’ needs
3      Setting boundaries
4      Developing emotional health
5      Help them make good choices
Click here to get more information about this course starting on the 11th August 2013.

When to call 111
“I would like to remind people when they should call 111. We get a lot of calls to our work phones from members of the public who ring to inform us of incidents which are either occurring at the time they are ringing or after a significant time delay. If you see something that concerns you, dial 111 and let us make the decision whether or not it’s deemed an emergency or not. This is a common theme that……”. Click here to read the full article by Howick Community Liaison Officer Pat Hellier.

Oh Dear !
There was an incident recently in Bucklands Beach where a neighbour noticed a female jump over a fence and enter a property. While she was caught, there were a couple of things that were not done in the first instance. One of those was to call 111. Instead the neighbour called the property owner who in turn called another person who then called Police. 111 should be the first call you make before calling anyone else.
The other concern was the neighbour followed the offender into the house. Police suggest that the best result is to wait outside and be the best possible witness.
   When we arrived they had done a good job to keep her there and she was subsequently arrested. This was a good outcome, but could have so easily gone bad.
Merv Hotter, Community Liaison Officer

The Community Constable’s role
It may not be what you thought it was.  This item was taken from Community Constable Merv Hotter’s address at the recent Annual General Meeting of Bucklands Beach and Pakuranga Neighbourhood Support Inc. 
“My official title is Community Liaison Officer. I am the link between you the Community, and the Police.
Typical daily tasks are:
1. Walking the beat, talking to business owners and
2. Meeting with community groups and organisations
3. Identifying community concerns
4. Building partnerships with the community,
   government and non-government agencies
5. Working with other parts of Police to build a
    coordinated response to crime and crash concerns.
We listen to what local people say, then work with neighbourhoods, local authorities and other community groups to find long-term solutions that suit the particular situation.”
Community policing aims to prevent crime by identifying the root cause of the problem and coming up with an effective response.

Being Neighbourly
The meaning of neighbourly is to be kind, friendly or sociable, that which befits a neighbour.  In a perfect world, it’s each neighbour in a particular neighbourhood who should be ‘helpful, kind, civil, friendly, obliging, harmonious, amiable, considerate, sociable, genial, hospitable, companionable, and well-disposed toward one another.’  An interesting fact according to the Collins Dictionary is the frequency of usage of the words, neighbour, neighbourhood and neighbourly. The use of these words…….  Read the whole article.

Local Hot Spots
If you would like to know what criminal activities have been occurring lately then click this link.  This is not a detailed report, but it will give an indication of the ‘hot spots’ in our community at the moment.

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Looking Ahead
The Bucklands Beach and Pakuranga Neighbourhood Support team have been doing some strategic planning and a brief summary of the goals they have set themselves for the coming 12 months are listed below:
1. Register as a charity
2  Complete the processes and procedures manual
3. Hold a training day for local street co-ordinators
4. Expand the Website and Facebook page
5. Fund raise to provide for administration and training
6. Organise working bees to replace old street
7. Devise a smart method of disseminating information
    received from the Police
8. Raise the awareness of Neighbourhood Support in
    the community.

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