Manukau Courier : January 14th 2011
3 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 14, 2011 NEWS 3360709AN 0800 88 NZCC (6922) firstname.lastname@example.org www.nzcc.ac.nz *Conditions apply Our National Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 3) gives you the knowledge, professional skills and practical experience to start a rewarding career in this exciting industry. If you're 16 or 17, you could be eligible for our FREE one-year Youth Guarantee programme. Call us today to find out! Manukau Campus 8 Puhinui Rd Manukau FREE NZQA REGISTERED & ACCREDITED for 16 & 17 year olds! THIS SATURDAY (and every Saturday) 6PM -- MIDNIGHT 200 Amazing stalls • Food, Fashion, Fun 50 Authentic food stalls, cooking up tasty "street snacks" and delicacies from around the world Free live entertainment. (All weather fully undercover) Phone 09 576 5223 or 027 689 9520 www.aucklandnightmarket.co.nz Bigger and brighter station Bigger and better: Counties Manukau central area commander inspector Alan Shearer is excited about the $6 million refurbishment of the Manurewa police station on Halver Rd which begins today. Photo: DAVID TAURANGA By DAVID TAURANGA THE new year is bringing a new- look police station to Manurewa with a $6 million renovation to the Halver Rd facilities starting today. The work s expected to take around eight months and will be completed in time for the Rugby World Cup. While it s closed, a temporary public police counter will operate at the Child, Youth and Family offices on Alfriston Rd. Police want anyone who needs to contact them to visit there. They are also in the process of changing people s bail conditions so they report to the Manukau hub on Wiri Station Rd. Central area commander inspec- tor Alan Shearer says he s hoping for minimal impact on the public while the refurbishment s carried out. There will be no impact on the services delivered by Manurewa police and emergency response times will not be affected. Effectively the Alfriston Rd office will be the police station for the Manurewa community. Mr Shearer says the current sta- tion now doesn t fit all of Manu- rewa s staff after numbers increased when 300 additional officers were posted to Counties Manukau last year. To create more space the inside of the station will be gutted, expanded and changed to an open-plan environment. The temporary public counter at 7 Alfriston Rd operates from today. All phone numbers and direct dials for Manurewa staff members will remain the same. Call 268-5800 for more information. Support offered Auckland has offered help to its sis- ter city Brisbane as it copes with the floods ravaging southeast Queensland. Mayor Len Brown sent a message of support to the Brisbane lord mayor Campbell Newman on Wednesday. The latest information from Queensland is that they have all the resources they need to manage the situation but we will continue to keep in touch as it progresses, Mr Brown says. The Auckland Council trains and equips volunteer Civil Defence response teams in the region. Local drivers on their best behaviour By DAVID TAURANGA Police are giving local drivers a pat on the back for their efforts over the holidays. Just one person died on Counties Manukau roads during the Christmas holiday period which ran from December 24 until January 5. Forty-year-old Vineshwar Singh was killed during a hit-and-run on Helvetia Rd in Pukekohe on Christmas Day. The national holiday road toll was 13. Road policing manager inspector Heather Wells says despite safety messages not getting through to some motorists, on the whole Counties Manukau drivers were generally well behaved. The majority of drivers were good and showed great driving behaviour out on the roads which I want to thank them for, she says. But we still caught a few speeders and drunk drivers and that was disappointing. In Counties Manukau speed and alcohol are two of our biggest killers. More officers were out enforcing the road rules and police also ran several initiatives in a bid to keep the road toll down, such as reducing their tolerance for speeding to 5kmh over the limit. They also increased their focus on beach areas to clamp down on people hooning around and drinking alcohol in public places . And even though the holiday period has now finished, she s urg- ing drivers to look at themselves and their driving. Everyone seems to think it won t happen to them but unfortunately these crashes do happen because people don t abide by the road rules. Overall, 2010 was only slightly better than the previous year and there were a number of crashes and fatalities that did not need to hap- pen, she says. This year she hopes to see a huge improvement from local drivers. If everyone makes a concerted effort to stop for the red, keep their speeds down and never drink and drive, our roads will be much safer.
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