Rodney Times : November 16th 2010
3 RODNEY TIMES, NOVEMBER 16, 2010 NEWS $18 9 Progressive Lenses from Includes scratch resistant coating FREE Full Eye Exam Voucher HENDERSON 09 836 1731 371 Great North Road (Opp. Westfield Mall) OREWA 09 426 5022 Hillary Square, 12 Florence Ave (next to AA Centre) NEWMARKET 09 522 1283 49 Remuera Rd (Opp. Dick Smith) Free Parking Conditions: • Full eye exam fee $49 applies if no glasses purchased at the time of eye exam • Offer valid on presentation of this ad at the time of Eye Exam • Offer ends on 22nd November 2010 Member of NZ Association of Optometrists FREE SUN TINT & UV Limited time offer Receive FREE SUN TINT & UV in your 2nd pair with frame purchased. * All glasses have one year manufacture warranty * 100% satisfaction guaranteed NZ Family Owned and Operated Since 1978 Suspicious bush fire Aerial support: Several homes were under threat from a scrub fire that had nine fire engines and a helicopter with a monsoon bucket dousing the area last Wednesday evening. Photo: PAUL RESTALL By CARALISE MOORE FORMER Olympic wind- surfer Barbara Kendall emp- tied her tank and was starting to chuck water from her spa pool over her deck to protect her Whangaparaoa home from a bush fire on Wednesday night. The suspicious fire in the Stanmore Bay area started around 5pm, and quickly spread until it had a poten- tially serious grip on bush near Wade River Rd and Scott Rd. Several homes were under threat from the fire that had nine fire engines -- including three tankers -- and a helicop- ter with a monsoon bucket dousing the area. Neighbours helped fight the flames before firefighters arrived to take over. Around 200 square metres of bush was destroyed and one family had to evacuate their home. A chopper was requested to help douse some of the areas that were hard for ground crew to get to, fire volunteer support officer Ted Fuller says. Manly, Silverdale, East Coast Bays, Puhoi and later Central firefighters came to help. We attacked the fire from two angles. At one stage the fire looked like it was starting to get a little close to the house, but at no stage did we feel particularly threatened, Mr Fuller says. The fire was contained reasonably quickly after we arrived. The original crews were relieved around 9.30pm and replacement crews stayed overnight. Rodney police are investigating. Police say an off-white or cream colored sedan was seen on Riverhaven Drive at about the time the fire started with three or four male occupants. They would like to speak to these people. One person in the area at the time told the Rodney Times they heard an explosion before the fire. Anyone knowing how the fire may have started can contact detective Jane Thew at Orewa police on (09) 427-6281, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800-555-111. A restricted fire season applies from December 1 with permits needed for open fires. IN BRIEF Job cuts About 100 people will lose their jobs when PMP's Warkworth plant closes mid- 2011. Staff were advised last Friday. The closure is part of rationalising of the company's five North Island premises and consolidating these to two sites -- a new print and distribution facility and the existing sheet-fed site, which will remain unchanged, PMP New Zealand general manager Peter Browne says. This will see the Warkworth operation close and the company's head office in Auckland's Viaduct Basin move to an existing Wiri site. The company has been reducing staff at the Woodcocks Rd site over the past 18 months with 26 redundancies last May and with the loss of around 20 jobs in recent months. Tavern fire A fire at the Parakai Tavern caused some fire damage to a bar and smoke damage late Saturday night. An electrical fault is suspected. Stolen antiques Two antique pieces of furniture have been stolen from an Orewa garage. One is a wooden cabinet originally housed in the Kaukapakapa Hotel which has been in the family at least 60 years. The other is a little walnut occasional or side table. The cabinet has etchings carved on drawers and door fronts, a solid wood base and no top. Anyone with information should contact the Orewa police phone (09) 426-4555. Santa mail Santa urges Kiwi kids to send their wish list letters before December 15 so he can reply before Christmas Day. His address is: Mr Santa Claus, Santa's Workshop, North Pole 0001. Make sure there's a return address on the letter, including the correct postcode. Santa is also receiving messages online via www.nzpost.co.nz/christmas. Counterfeit money does the rounds Bogus bills: Watch out for fake $100 notes like this held by Mike Collins of the Kumeu police. Fake $100 notes are again doing the rounds. It looks very authentic, Kumeu community con- stable Mike Collins says. At first glance you wouldn t know the difference. The fake notes don t have the water mark of the Queen or the holographic 100 in the clear pad. The silver fern should also be clear. When you see there is no 100 in there it s fairly obvi- ous, Mr Collins says. Some notes were used to pay rates at the council office in Huapai on October 19 and 26. He advises businesses and anyone else handling cash to check notes thoroughly. One could easily be slipped in among a wad of others, he says. We think there is probably $700 we haven t located. Fake money has been used in the Rodney-Hibiscus Coast area before, often around Christmas when shops are busy. Call the station on 412-5194 with information. Cannabis operation A cannabis growing oper- ation was discovered on a rural Waitakere property police visited as part of their counterfeit money inquiries. The converted shipping container had been oper- ating for up to 10 years, says Mike Collins of the Kumeu police. We went there looking for printers and com- puters and counterfeit money, he says. A 48-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman appeared in the Waita- kere District Court on drug and possessing fake document charges. They were remanded to reappear this week. Other charges may be laid.
November 11th 2010
November 18th 2010