By Superintendent John W. Tims
COUNTIES MANUKAU POLICE
Police want to ensure that you’re safe and feel safe
I hope you and your families enjoyed the Christmas and New Year period. It was a demanding time for Police nationally. In Counties Manukau we were busy but performed well. Our Police Officers did there utmost to ensure that you, the community, were safe and felt safe.
We achieved an 8% reduction in crime compared to 2011
Undoubtedly 2013 will be a vibrant year – and not without challenges. Police now work to a crime prevention focused strategy, we want to and will work in partnership with communities to prevent crime and road trauma, enhance public safety and maintain public order. We achieved an 8% reduction in crime last year compared to 2011 which is great, and we want to keep reducing crime.
Police aren’t kill joys, we just want people to be safe and feel safe, especially at parties
Many of you would have seen through the media the issues that are being caused in residential areas through house parties. Police don’t want to be kill-joys but we do want people to be safe and feel safe. If you are holding a party we encourage you to advise your local Police in Counties Manukau. If we are aware that a party is going to take place we can help to keep it safe. All we need is the contact details of the party host, the address, the numbers attending and the start and finish times. This will ensure the safety of party goers.
Another event - Counties Manukau Police District Pay Parade
Another fantastic event that is taking place on Friday 1 March 2013 is our Counties Manukau District Pay Parade. Back in the day Police Officers would march together in front of their Chiefs and be paid their monthly salaries in cash. The Police Officers would also be part of a uniform inspection. This year's Pay Parade march route will be from the Manukau Police Station to Rainbows end. It starts at 10.00am and you’re all invited. It’s spectacular to watch and really does demonstrate the professionalism and camaraderie throughout the organisation.
Stop your vehicle being targeted
Over the last few months we have had increased reports about vehicles being broken into and items being stolen. Police Officers continue to proactively patrol areas that are continually targeted. We want to prevent crime from happening and we do need you to help us too. Please remember to:
Counties Manukau Tactical Crime Unit focus on burglaries
Remove all valuables from your vehicle
Lock your vehicle
Ensure your vehicle has an alarm
Use a steering lock
Park your car off the road, if you can't, make sure you park in a well lit area
Our main focus in the District at the moment is burglary. For those of you who have been a victim of burglary you will understand how distressing it can be. We have squads in every area called Tactical Crime Units that focus on Burglary. Also Intelligence information that we have collected and information that has been reported to us by the public shows that some of our burglary offenders are youth. With all schools now back from holidays we hope to see a decrease in this type of offending. To help prevent this crime from happening and these young offenders committing the crime we have launched several truancy operations. If you want to help Police you should:
Call police of you see Youth that aren’t at school
Lock your property when you're out
If you have an alarm activate it
Know your neighbours and look after each other's property
Avoid leaving signs that you’re away, for example ensure your grass gets cut and your mail gets taken out of the letterbox
If you go away get someone to house sit for you
Remember if you don’t feel comfortable talking to Police you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Remember please forward this email on to your colleagues, family and friends, the more people that see it the more chance we have of making sure Counties Manukau is a safe place to live, work and visit.
Superintendent John W. Tims
COUNTIES MANUKAU POLICE
WHAT is Neighbours Day Aotearoa?
Neighbours Day Aotearoa, affectionately known as NDA, is about turning strangers into neighbours, streets into neighbourhoods / Atawhaingia te Pa harakeke. It’s not about big events, but rather it’s about thousands of kiwis taking the time to engage in small and local acts of neighbourliness, over the course of one weekend. For some that may mean a first wave or smile, a chat over the fence, inviting a neighbour in for a cuppa or holding a street barbeque. Put simply, it’s about going one step further in getting to know those ‘next door’.
Our mission is for every New Zealand neighbourhood to take part in Neighbours Day Aotearoa.
Neighbours Day Aotearoa is the ideal opportunity for councils, trusts, corporations, government agencies, community organisations and local businesses to make a positive difference to the wellbeing and resilience of New Zealand communities, and the individuals within them. It is a high-profile, feel-good campaign that ultimately benefits us all.
Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2012 was a huge success. Held over the weekend of 24 to 25 March 2012, more people joined in than ever before, with more events in more streets and neighbourhoods, greater media attention and public awareness, and consistently positive feedback from sponsors and stakeholders.
For Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2013, we’re looking for more sponsors and stakeholders to help New Zealand’s biggest neighbourhood celebration reach an even wider audience.
What we are aiming for Our long-term aspiration is for every neighbourhood in the country to take part in the annual Neighbours Day Aotearoa celebrations.
2012 was our second nationwide campaign and a success on many fronts. Our objectives were to increase public awareness, and build government, organisational, corporate and business support for the Neighbours Day Aotearoa campaign. We also wanted to improve participation in activities on the day, and people’s perceptions of social connectedness and neighbourhood safety afterwards.
We achieved all these things, and plan to build on them for 2013, increasing the campaign’s profile and reach to make a difference in even more neighbourhoods across the country.
Reasons to be involved:
• Help make New Zealand neighbourhoods safe, inclusive, caring places to live, and build community resilience.
• Be at the forefront of Neighbours Day Aotearoa – be part of the vision.
• Raise your profile, in a positive, community-friendly way.
• Benefit from the nationwide public relations and media opportunities associated with the campaign.
• Be a good corporate citizen and fulfil your social obligations.
• Connect with other community and government organisations to achieve common goals.
• Help make New Zealand the type of place that we all want to live.
Want to know more?
Howick Local Board newsletter
Howick Local Board area sports plan
The board is driving a plan to support, strengthen and grow participation in sport in schools and sports clubs in the greater Howick area. The board are keen to foster linkages between sports clubs and sharing resources, land and facilities as well as encourage participation in sport and recreation by developing modern amenities, all of which is outlined in the local board agreement.
There are a number initiatives being put forward including a Howick Sports Forum, Howick Sports awards, a Howick Sporting Summit, Sports Club Promotion Days and a Howick Coaches Club. The overall plan is also aimed at promoting individual and community health and well-being.
Anyone with ideas around these initiatives or those who may want to be involved should contact the local board office.
Volcano to Sea
The board is proud to support the Volcano to the Sea project and upcoming launch. The board is keen to restore and enhance the natural environment over time as funding permits and this is the flagship project for that.
The project is an innovative whole-of-catchment-approach initiative in Auckland which links communities, remnant natural features and the sea. ‘Volcano to Sea’ will capture the imagination of schools and community members, harnessing their enthusiasm to initiate or continue making positive changes in their local environment. NZ Landcare Trust is aware that lots of schools and individuals are already doing lots of work in the area. The Volcano to Sea project looks to link with existing work and to build on it. The key areas the project will focus include Pigeon Mountain/ Ohuiarangi, Wakaaranga Creek and the Pakuranga Stream catchment area.
Volcano to Sea free public event
Date: Friday 8 March
Time: From 6.30pm
Where: Pigeon Mt Ohuiarangi, 68R Pigeon Mt Road, Howick
• Free sausage sizzle
• Fun kids activities
• Bring a blanket and pillows to watch Disney Nature’s movie ‘Oceans’
• Come and see how you can be part of improving your local environment through NZ Landcare Trust’s three year community-based restoration project
• Environmental stands/stalls
If wet the event will relocate into the Scout Hall on Pigeon Mountain.
Fishing issues at Bucklands Beach
Auckland Council is aware of the growing concern from the public regarding the increased numbers of fishers now using Bucklands Beach and the difficulties being caused to other beach users with their fishing lines and associated equipment.
Under the current Manukau City Council bylaw (which is still operative) fishing is not prohibited. This means that Council (or the Local Board) have no legal powers to stop people fishing. Fishing is an acceptable recreational activity just like swimming.
However, due to increasing concerns about public safety, the Howick Local Board has asked Parks Officers to work on an interim approach to enable fishing and beach users to enjoy activities on Bucklands Beach together. This will involve designating specific areas of the beach for swimmers and fishers. These designated areas along Bucklands Beach will be marked with clear signage.
Draft Public Safety and Nuisance bylaw
As part of Auckland Council’s commitment to meeting its legislative responsibilities to promote public heath and safety, a comprehensive review of the current bylaws on public safety and nuisance has been undertaken with the aim of replacing them with an Auckland-wide bylaw.
The proposed bylaw intends to control certain activities on parks and beaches and provides the potential for the council to restrict or prohibit an activity on a beach.
Submissions on the proposed Public Safety and Nuisance bylaw are open to the public from 15 February to 15 March 2013. The council invites anyone interested in the issue of public safety and nuisance, including restricting the use of fishing lines near other beach users, to make a submission. If feedback from the public identifies that fishing lines pose a public safety issue on a particular beach, we will look to address it through the creation of a restriction for that specific beach.
Submissions can be made online on our website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/bylaws or by visiting a council service centre or library.
The Howick Local Board is busy making progress on the Uxbridge Creative Centre redevelopment with further concept designs underway to present to key stakeholders. Once a design has been agreed the project can progress to final design stage and then toward construction.
The current stage of the project will take several months to complete and will be reported back to the board in early mid 2013 seeking sign off of the concept designs.
The redevelopment has been allocated $6.5 million in the council’s long-term plan for work between 2013 and 2016.
The next Howick Local board meeting will be on Monday 11 March at 6pm at the Pakuranga Library, Aylesbury Street, Pakuranga.
Find out more:
09 572 0148
Sixty years serving the needs of older people
The first part of the organisation that is now Age Concern was founded on 9 September 1948.
Vision | Mission | Values
Throughout the winter of 1948, journalist HA (Bud) Glasson and Sister Tingey of the District Nursing Service had investigated the plight of Dunedin’s older people. The resulting Otago Daily Times exposé stirred public indignation and led to calls for action.
Problems being faced over 60 years ago remain older people's principal concerns today: hardship, health care, social isolation, and discrimination.
On 9 September a public meeting, chaired by Dunedin’s mayor Sir Donald Cameron, agreed unanimously to set up the Otago Old People’s Welfare Council. The council's first permanent home was in Garrison Hall, Dunedin (pictured at right). Chairman Bud Glasson and a team of volunteers provided information, drop-in centre, and home support services including one of the first Meals-on-Wheels services in New Zealand (1954 picture, at left, shows Bud Glasson and volunteer Mrs JL Anderson).
A similar council was established in Auckland a few months later, joined by Canterbury in 1952 and then Wellington.
By the end of the 1960s, independent councils were operating throughout the country and the need for national coordination was pressing. In February 1972 the National Old People's Welfare Council was incorporated. A new identity, Age Concern New Zealand, was used consistently from 1984.
In 1996, the late Dame Augusta Wallace agreed to become the first Patron of Age Concern New Zealand.
In 1998, a new logo was adopted for use locally and nationally. In addition, He Manaakitanga Kaumātua was accepted as a Māori translation of the intention and approach of Age Concern. Manaakitanga embraces the meaning of respect towards people's care, rights and well-being. Kaumātua is used here as a general term for older persons, both men and women.
The logo was refreshed in April 2008, and the brand statement 'Serving the needs of older people' was adopted as a clear summary of Age Concern's work and aims.
Acknowledgments: Wendy Patterson (Age Concern Otago, 1998) and Ron Hamer (NZ Health Review, 1987).
Age Concern has worked to promote the rights, wellbeing and quality of life of older people, koroua and kuia since 1948. As knowledge and experience has grown, Age Concern now has the wider purpose of promoting healthy, active ageing to people of all ages. We work in cooperation with other organisations towards obtaining our vision.
Our Vision Tā Mātou Matakitenga
An inclusive society, where older people, koroua and kuia are respected, valued, supported and empowered.
He pāpori e whai whakaarohia ana, e whakanuitia ana, e tautokona ana, e whai mana anahoki te hunga kaumātua.
Our Mission Tā Mātou Kawenga
Working for the rights and wellbeing of older people, koroua and kuia.
He mahi mō ngā tika me te oranga o te hunga kaumātua
Age Concern recognises its responsibilities to uphold the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the unique partnership that exists between Māori and the Crown, with partnerships developed with Māori organisations and local marae. Similarly, Age Concern works in cooperation with Pacific peoples and other ethnicities to support their needs and aspirations.
Ageing is a lifelong process, starting at birth – the interdependence between generations is promoted through interactions and education awareness programmes, including older people volunteering in schools, and younger people working and supporting older people.
Independence – Participation – Care – Self fulfilment – Dignity: these are the cornerstones of the United Nations Principles for Older Persons, supported and promoted by Age Concern New Zealand.
The work of Age Concern New Zealand is based on these values, with special reference to older people, koroua and kuia
To respect the dignity and uniqueness of every person as an individual and as a valuable member of society.
To ensure that older people, koroua and kuia are given the opportunities to achieve physical comfort, engage in satisfying activities and personal development, and to feel valued and supported.
To ensure that older people, koroua and kuia have an equal opportunity to achieve wellbeing by directing resources to help those disadvantaged or in greatest need.
To respect the values and social structures of Māori and people of other cultural and ethnic backgrounds, demonstrating respect by working together to gain mutual understanding.
To become a member of Age Concern, make a donation/bequest to support our work, become involved or to find out the services and activities available in your area, contact your Local Age Concern.
Information sourced from: www.ageconcern.org.nz
The next census will be held on Tuesday, 5 March 2013. A media release about the announcement of the census date is available here (www.census.govt.nz).
Do the census online
The 8 March 2011 Census was called off following the 22 February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch. At that time, the 2011 Census could not have been successfully completed, given the national state of emergency and the probable impact on census results.
For the 2013 Census you have the choice of completing your census forms online or on paper, in English or Māori.
What is the census?
Filling in your forms online is secure, quick, and easy. You need the reference number from your paper forms and your Internet Access Code. Collectors will deliver them to every household in New Zealand before census day.
If all of the people in your household complete their forms online, a collector may not need to call back.
The census is the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. It takes a snapshot of the people in New Zealand and the places where we live.
Why is it important?
By law, Statistics NZ must hold a census once every five years, and everyone must fill in a form.
Population information from the census helps determine how billions of dollars of government funding is spent in the community. It is used to make decisions about services such as:
Census information is used to decide electorate boundaries. It is also used by councils, community groups and businesses to plan for the future.
Census data is used to determine the number of general and Māori electorates. The boundaries for the 2011 General Election were set before the decision not to hold the 2011 Census was made. The review of those boundaries will take place after the 2013 Census.
Māori electoral option
The decision not to hold the 2011 Census also had no practical effect on whether Māori could opt to change rolls before the 2011 Election.
The Māori electoral option is administered by the Electoral Commission and gives people in New Zealand who are of Māori descent the opportunity to choose whether they want to be on the Māori electoral roll or the general electoral roll when they vote in the next two general elections.
The option will take place from 25 March to 24 July 2013.
This information is sourced from: www.census.govt.nz
Please visit this website for further details.