Nor West News : November 4th 2010
www.nor-westnews.co.nz Thursday, November 4, 2010 Sewer system all go By CAROLYN THOMAS A LONG awaited wastewater sys- tem for Kumeu, Huapai and Riverhead is under way. Construction is set to be com- pleted in April 2012. Four contractors will receive $4.8 million for 10.5km of pipes and a pumping station. Kumeu Huapai Residents Society chairman Chris Welch welcomes the announcement by the Rodney District Council but says there are mixed opinions. Overall we need a wastewater system in the area if we are going to move forward with anything, Mr Welch says. But I know some residents don t support development. I m of the opinion that it is coming and we may as well have some control and input, he says. Mr Welch is concerned about how charges will be levied. He says bedrooms or household occupancy may be a better measure than the number of toilets. The residents society was among those who made submissions on the system to the council, which amalgamated into Auckland Coun- cil on November 1. Watercare took over all services in the Auckland region this week and is responsible for the project. The system will run under Brighams Creek from the southern outskirts of Kumeu and Riverhead to connect with pipes at Whenuapai. Costs will be recovered over time through development contributions and connection fees. Ward councillor and former mayor Penny Webster says: It will allow development in these areas which will bring significant benefits. Former group manager of water services Jenny Warren says support from norwest residents, businesses and developers is strong. Many have already indicated they will connect to the new service. She expects there to be minimal disruption from the works. The system will replace individ- ual treatment units. It follows a review of other options and com- munity consultation. Proposed changes to the district plan identifying areas suitable for residential development were noti- fied in March and have closed. Money scam: Watch out for fake $100 notes warns Kumeu community constable Mike Collins. Photo: CAROLYN THOMAS Counterfeit $100 bills circulating By CAROLYN THOMAS If Her Majesty is missing then it isn t real. Kumeu police constable Mike Collins is warning people about fake $100 notes. We have some counterfeit money doing the rounds and it looks very authentic, Mr 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 obvious, Mr Col- lins says. Some notes were used to pay rates at the council office in Huapai on October 19 and 26. He advises businesses and any- one 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. Phone the station on 412-5194 with information. Search for fake cash foils drug operation By CAROLYN THOMAS Police got more than they bargained for during the execution of a search warrant near Kumeu last Wednesday. A cannabis growing oper- ation was discovered on a rural Waitakere property police visited as part of their counterfeit money inquiries. Community constable Mike Collins says the converted shipping container was a great find. It had been operat- ing for up to 10 years. We went there looking for printers and computers and counterfeit money, Mr Col- lins says. There was probably $50,000 worth of cannabis in there. A 48-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman appeared in Waitakere District Court this week on drug and possessing fake document charges. They have been remanded to reappear on November 15. Other charges are likely to be laid after further police inquiries.
November 11th 2010