Manukau Courier : November 12th 2010
3 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 12, 2010 NEWS Call Window Answers now For a free measure and quote Tel: 836 6222 20K Te Pai Place, Henderson Blinds Vertical • Holland • Venetian • Wooden • Sunscreen Buy direct from the factory TIMBER SALE UP TO 60% OFF RRP • Australian Design Award • Uniline's Unique 5 Year Warranty Conditions Apply 50% on the retail price Save up to www.windowanswers.co.nz or email firstname.lastname@example.org 2823219AC Arson fires up graduates Good work story: Police college graduates, from left: Constables Michael Haddad, Simon Wallace, Michael Trotter and Phillip Moody, sergeant Rupert Friend, and constables Paul Atiola and Valentino Laloni received some real on-the-job training when they had to chase a trio of firebugs. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK By DAVID TAURANGA A REAL arson was the last thing a group of police graduates expected during a training day this week. Just four weeks out of police college the new officers chased and arrested three young people who set fire to bushes at the reserve on Tre- vor Hosken Drive in Manu- kau on Monday afternoon. Fourteen officers had been receiving training in serious scene attendance in the Manukau police station carpark -- less than 400 metres from where the fire started. Sergeant Rupert Friend says the group had completed a module on arson just before the fire was spotted. A couple of the station s staff on the top level of the carpark suddenly started yelling about a fire, Mr Friend says. They then pointed out three people walking across the bridge over the new motorway extention towards the police station. Mr Friend gave the graduates the go ahead to arrest the firebugs and they raced out of the carpark . Mr Friend says he can only imagine what went through the young people s minds when they saw 14 police officers pounding their way. The 16-year-old girl and two youths, aged 17 and 20, initially denied any involve- ment, he says. Their excuse was that the real culprits had lit it and run away but witnesses said that nobody else was around. We took them back to the station for questioning and after their stories fell over they eventually admitted they started the fire. The 16-year-old girl was identified as the person who lit the fire and she has been referred to Papakura Youth Aid. The two youths were cautioned. Mr Friend says he s happy with how the graduates responded to their first arson. The situation also gave other officers at the Manukau station a bit of a laugh. The ongoing joke for the rest of that afternoon was that I did extremely well to set up the training scenario. Run over boy not too badly hurt A five-year-old boy has had a lucky escape after being run over by a reversing car at a kindergarten. The boy, who lived next door to Kiwicare Preschool in Mangere, suffered head and facial injuries when the car hit him on Wednesday afternoon. He was initially reported as being seriously injured but a Middlemore Hospital official said yesterday his condition had been overstated. He was well enough to sit up and eat breakfast yesterday morning and was later discharged. Counties Manukau senior sergeant John Yearbury said around 5pm on Wednesday a staff member from Kiwicare hit the boy as she was revers- ing out of the driveway. It seems someone yelled out: Stop! Stop! but the dam- age had been done and he d been dragged under the wheel. But police say it is unlikely they will be pressing charges because there did not seem to be any negligence involved in the incident. Kiwicare Preschool takes up a large area in Tennessee Ave and Chadwick Cres and a neighbour said it opened last year. Another neighbour was reported as saying: It was an accident waiting to happen because children often played in the street. They re always playing in the street, some- times the police come and get them off the street. -- Fairfax Media Our readers up The latest Nielsen Readership Survey con- firms that Suburban Newspapers readership continues to grow and dominate the Auckland market. Suburban Newspapers reaches 65.6 percent of people in Auckland aged 15+ with a combined average issue readership of 690,000 people. The New Zealand Her- ald has an average issue readership of 423,000 and reaches only 40.2 percent of people in Auckland aged 15+. Suburban Newspapers has 267,000 more readers or 63.1 percent more readers than the New Zealand Herald. Source: Nielsen Readership Survey Q4.09-Q3.10: Auckland 15+ Teachers rewarded De La Salle College teacher Kane Raukura is one of 10 national winners of NEiTA Foun- dation awards for excel- lence in teaching and leadership. Mr Raukura, of Ngati Whakaue, is head of chemistry at the Man- gere school and one of the faces on Teach NZ s television ads promoting teaching. His teaching excel- lence award comes with a $5000 professional development grant. Fellow south Auckland teaching excellence win- ner Matthew Humber, technology co-ordinator at Karaka s Strathallan College, receives a $2500 grant. The 10 national award winners share $35,000 in professional develop- ment grants and each receives a NEiTA Foun- dation trophy. Selection panel con- venor Brother Pat Lynch says all 10 teachers plan to use the grants for further study and to develop educational pro- grammes for their schools. We received 640 nominations and it is wonderful to see public recognition of teachers. The foundation was set up in 1994 by the Australian Scholarships Group to promote public recognition of teaching in New Zealand and Aust- ralia.
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