Rodney Times : January 20th 2011
3 RODNEY TIMES, JANUARY 20, 2011 NEWS Corner Puriri Ave and Centreway Rd, O REWA Tel. 0800 57 67 392 • Display Suite, 1 Parkside Drive, Orewa The Good Life is part of the Plan... • Welcome to our friendly neighbourhood, close to beautiful Orewa beach and the Orewa shopping centre. • Attractive landscaping with a lake, stream, parks, mature trees and boardwalks. • Exclusive facilities for residents include a heated Pool, Gymnasium and Sauna. • Speedy internet service via fbre optic cabling to your electronics. • A variety of quality homes to choose from. Streamside Apartments Security Community Freehold NEW RELEASE Artist Impression Just metres from Orewa's Eaves Bush reserve and the Nukumea Stream, these superb quality apartments will delight you. Enjoy entertaining on the balcony from your north facing 3 bedroom home with the luxury of all day sun. Two car garaging is accessed via a lift, or choose to take the stairs ...it doesn't get better than this! These homes will sell quickly, so ENQUIRE TODAY! IN BRIEF Trucks crash A two-truck crash just south of the Brynderwyn's on State Highway 1 took two hours to clear on Monday afternoon. No one was injured in the crash, police say. The road was down to one lane. Hit and run A pedestrian was hit by a car and left injured last Thursday afternoon on State Highway 16 in Kaukapakapa. The car did not stop and the pedestrian was unable to give a vehicle description. The victim was taken to Auckland Hospital with moderate injuries, police say. Road rage A case of road rage in Helensville ended with an ambulance and Fire Service callout last Tuesday. Emergency services responded to a car crash on State Highway 16, two kilometres south of Helensville, at about 3.45pm. Police say the occupants of one of two cars travelling south were seeking a confrontation with people in the second car. While travelling at speed both vehicles attempted to pass a south-bound truck at the same time. One of the overtaking cars went over drains and landed in trees. The passenger was injured. The second vehicle did not stop at the crash, but was later stopped by police at Kumeu. Camera helps Camera surveillance in Sandspit has given police advantage against those committing crime. The footage on several occasions has helped identify offenders. On Christmas Eve, the theft of a trailer from the Sandspit Yacht Club was caught on tape and police were able to follow leads. Farm deaths Last year was a bad one for farm safety with 17 deaths compared with nine the previous year. Including fatalities, there were 312 serious incidents last year -- 15 percent higher than 2009. Shed fire suspicious A SUSPICIOUS fire that destroyed a floral business outlet in Mangawhai on Saturday night is being investigated by police. Occupiers of a property in Findlay St were alerted at about 9.30pm to a fire that was rapidly destroying a detached packing shed at the rear of their house, police say. The occupiers of the house operated a business called Blooming Bulbs from the packing shed. The entire shed contents were destroyed and the build- ing will be demolished. The house at the front of the property was not dam- aged by the fire. Fire safety officers say the fire was arson. Rodney police have since begun inquiries. Police say this is the second time in a week the property had been subjected to sus- picious activity, and they believe the two incidents are linked. A week ago graffiti was spread all over the house and a nearby sleepout. Anyone in the Mangawhai community and surrounding district with information that could assist the police should contact detective John Gilbert of the Rodney CIB on (09) 426-4555, or call the Crimestoppers phoneline anonymously on 0800-555-111. Spotted doves coo in numbers By DELWYN DICKEY Dove tale: Malay spotted doves have increased dramatically over the past few years. Photo: DOC It could be a scene out of the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds. Large numbers of doves have started filling trees around Auckland gardens and parks in the last couple of years. Plenty of them are in Coatesville, for instance. Their behaviour could hardly be called hostile but numbers of the Malay spot- ted dove are definitely increasing, Mel Galbraith of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand says. These elegant birds have increased their numbers sig- nificantly in the past five years or so, he says. They can be quite tame and are rather endearing strutting about.'' Their cooing is sometimes mistaken for the nocturnal morepork call. But people needn't be worried about them taking over our native bush, he says. They don't fit the defi- nition of an invasive species, and occupy parks and gar- dens where you wouldn't normally find many natives.'' The Conservation Depart- ment agrees and says at this stage they have no concerns about the sudden increase. The birds are seed feeders. Berries rather than seeds are generally found in native bush,'' DOC spokes- woman Amy Cameron says. A large number of the Asian doves, which are nat- urally found from India to Timor, were released at Mt Eden in the 1920s, and have been found around Auckland parks and gardens ever since. They are also found in the Bay of Plenty. Woodhill on the big screen Last year Woodhill Forest was turned into Jellystone Park for the filming of 3D fea- ture film Yogi Bear. New Zealand cinema-goers can now watch their country's scenery feature on the big screen. Yogi Bear didn't impress American viewers and under- performed at the United States box office. But it topped the New Zea- land box office in its first week. Thirteen deaths over holidays Thirteen people lost their lives on New Zealand roads during the Christmas and New Year holiday period. The Automobile Associ- ation urges drivers to remem- ber the safe driving ABCs -- stay Alert, take Breaks and be Considerate. The 2010 provisional road toll of 373 compares with 384 deaths in 2009, 366 in 2008, 421 in 2007, 393 in 2006 and 405 in 2005.
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