Manukau Courier : November 4th 2010
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Chief executive Grant Florence says it's excit- ing the surf life saving message will be carried around the world thanks to the stamps. Over the past century surf lifeguards have saved more than 50,000 lives at beaches around the country. Statutory board has strong ties to south Auckland By DAVID TAURANGA Strong south Auckland links feature among the nine appointees to the Maori Statutory Board set up to provide independent advice to the new Auckland Council. Te Kawerau a Maki Tribal Authority head Wayne Knox and Ngai Tai ki Tamaki Tribal Trust's James Brown are mana whenua represen- tatives for Tainui waka. And Papakura Marae chief executive Tony Kake joins Waipareira Trust boss John Tamihere as the mataawaka representatives for residents affiliated to iwi outside the council's borders. Mr Knox, a Mangere resi- dent also of Ngati te Ata descent, says being appointed is very humbling. I'm excited about the opportunity and also very conscious of the responsibility that being a board member entails,'' he says. I'm not only advocating on behalf of the iwi that I rep- resent but a number of iwi from around the region.'' The board will meet infor- mally next week and is likely to want to set a clear path- way'' early on. All the board members appreciate the importance of collaboration and having our game sorted'' if they are to be effective in influencing coun- cil decisions, he says. The board will also need to take existing relationships between tangata whenua and local government to a new level''. Tangata whenua always aspire for authentic partnerships and no doubt the new board will test this,'' he says. The board was appointed by an iwi selection body of nominees from each of the mana whenua groups within the region. The other mana whenua representatives on the board are: David Taipari and Glen Tupuhi for Hauraki, Anahera Morehu and Glenn Wilcox from Ngati Whatua, and Patience Te Ao for Ngati Wai. Burglars plunder heirlooms Personal loss: Burglars have stripped Goodwood Heights resident Judy Dawson's home of many irreplaceable personal items including her late husband Peter's smoking pipe which was kept in the hand-made pouch she's holding. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK By DAVID TAURANGA If you have been a victim of burglary you know items like televisions, cellphones and laptops can eventually be replaced. But some things simply can't because of their huge sentimental value. Judy Dawson knows this all too painfully well after burglars broke into her Goodwood Heights home. Along with her car, tele- vision and laptop they also stole family heirlooms and photographs of family, including her late husband Peter. Mrs Dawson returned from a week-long holiday to find her family waiting outside her house. I thought it strange because I'd only been away for a week. Then I learned of the burglary,'' she says. I went inside and saw all these empty spaces on the wall and wondered where my photos had gone, not thinking they would have been stolen. The bottom fell out of my world then.'' The burglars struck either during the night of October 14 or early the following day. They got in through a secluded window, the safety locks proving no barrier. Bourbon and soft drink cans left outside the window have been taken by police for forensic testing, she says. While some of the stolen photo frames are valuable, including those on her late husband's photos, many were nothing special''. And many expensive items in her home were left untouched. They're obviously people who had no idea what to take, they've stolen anything that looked metal just like magpies with shiny objects.'' Unusual items taken include a tin of coffee and a box of light-bulbs. Also gone are 200 cards and envelopes with pressed hydrangeas and collage work, hand-made by Mrs Dawson. Neighbours have told her of a similar break-in nearby and the police also report a couple of burglaries in the area. Acting inspector Tony Van says the tactical crime unit and public safety teams are targeting burglary hotspots and crime analysts are checking for any trends. Mr Van doesn't believe Mrs Dawson's property was singled out for her possessions. It hasn't been targeted for a specific reason other than the fact that no one was home I believe.''
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