Nor West News : December 23rd 2010
www.nor-westnews.co.nz Thursday, December 23, 2010 Exhausting year By CAROLYN THOMAS IT HAS been a busy year for volunteer firefighters around the nor-west. Crews from Bethells, Helensville, Kaukapakapa, Kumeu, Muriwai and Shelly Beach attended many incidents including large house fires, forest blazes and road fatalities. All on top of their own busy lives including fulltime jobs and family commitments. But it hasn t all been bad. Kumeu celebrated its 40th anniversary in October and there was the five station poker run hosted by Kaukapakapa. Kumeu deputy chief Stephen Sparnon says it is an ongoing challenge to find new recruits. We ve had a few new ones but we ve lost a few as people have moved out of the area. Mr Sparnon says a house that burnt down on Township Rd, Waitakere, was a major incident. It put all our training into practice, he says. As a brigade we all get together and work well under pressure. Mr Sparnon wants to remind people of a total fire ban in the area over summer. Only a barbecue at home is allowed pretty much. He also hopes people will be careful on the roads and not drink and drive during Christmas and New Year celebrations. Everyone have a safe and good Christmas. Helensville chief Ian Osbourne says it s been good to see fewer road accidents. He hopes other incidents decrease too. We re all volunteers and we like our time at home too. Interested in being a volun- teer firefighter? Contact Stephen Sparnon on 021-672-469. Police around Kumeu and Helensville have been busy too. An attempted abduction near Waitakere Rd and a few drug busts are among incidents they ve attended. Police have also been involved in ongoing drink driving campaigns. My best to you all Reflections of 2010: Prime Minister John Key wishes his Helensville electorate a safe festive season. By PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY HELENSVILLE MP Christmas is a great time of year. It s a time to get together with friends and family. It s a time to enjoy the very best of New Zealand and the summer weather. And it s a time to think of those who have lost loved ones this year. It s also a time to take stock of the year that s been, and to look at the challenges and oppor- tunities ahead. This year has been another busy one in Helensville. As your MP, I ve continued to focus on the issues that mat- ter to you -- the economy, law and order, health, and education. I ve enjoyed getting out and about in the electorate and catching up with people. Highlights include visiting schools, opening the St John Ambulance Station, going to the Hobsonville Limited Ser- vice Volunteer gradu- ation, and having fun at the Kumeu Show. I also enjoyed working with Sylvie Admore, who rep- resented the electorate as our Youth MP. I hope you and your family enjoy relaxing over the festive season. I look forward to seeing you out and about in 2011. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. What a sweet guy that Santa Claus is Festive cheers: Children from Shelly Beach enjoy a visit from Santa and a ride in the fire engine. Photo: GEMMA WOOD Gifts galore: Business generosity in the nor-west has helped the Kumeu Volunteer Fire Brigade in its regular Santa run for deserving families. By RANI TIMOTI Christmas cheer has been coming in sweet doses for nor-west families. Shelly Beach children reaped the lolly rewards when Santa and his helpers drove around the streets shouting merry Christ- mas . Children got to ride in the fire engine with their gold coin donations going to the New Zealand Rural Fire Ser- vice. The fourth Santa run by the Kumeu Volunteer Fire Brigade gave children plenty to smile about after receiv- ing presents. Families who went through a tough year are referred to the brigade by schools and police. Donations of more than $3000 were pooled from various companies includ- ing: Douglas Pharmaceu- ticals, Alpha Omega Associ- ates, Kumeu Rotary, Plateau Nursery s, Craig Walkers, Pomona Group, Burnett s Tank Cleaning Services, Kumeu Tyres and Goodwood Trust.
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