Nor West News : January 13th 2011
3 NOR-WEST NEWS, JANUARY 13, 2011 NEWS Call 0800 BLINDS 254637 www.homevisionblinds.co.nz Up to RRP OFF 60% BLINDS! BLINDS! BLINDS! Vertical • Venetian • Sunscreen • Wooden • Roller FOR FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 906 State Highway 16, Waimauku PH: 09 411 8002 OFF 15% NUTS & BOLTS AND CUTTING & GRINDING DISKS ORBUY10,PAYFOR8 ONLY WITH THIS ADVERT 3146481AD DON'T FORGET WE CUT KEYS Join now for only $15.50 No Contract! What have you got to lose? 156 Main Road Kumeu Phone: 412 8932 www.kumeugym.co.nz per week Patrols look for crime POLICE are cracking down on crime around nor-west and west Auckland beaches. Operation Speedo runs until February 13 and is a joint initiative with com- munity groups and Auckland Council. It aims to reduce theft from cars and other crimes at recreational spots. More than 200 volunteers will patrol carparks at Piha, Karekare and Bethells. Popu- lar dams and bush locations will also be monitored. Patrollers will keep in radio contact and report any suspicious behaviour to police. The annual initiative started four years ago and reports of car-related crimes have dropped each time. Auckland deputy mayor and Waitakere representa- tive Penny Hulse says it shows the strength of community-driven projects. It defines the Waitakere spirit and way of doing things. People should always be careful about locking their cars and keeping valuables out of sight, but this scheme will give added security to reduce theft and deter oppor- tunistic thieves. We want people visiting these spots to feel safe and be able to relax and enjoy the summer, she says. Watercare Services, the Arataki Visitor Centre, ICON security personnel, Arrow Security, Pacific Wardens and Community Patrols of New Zealand will be involved along with local surf life saving clubs and rural fire services. IN BRIEF Wanted Kumeu police want to speak to this man in relation to an incident on December 16 at Pricecutter in Kumeu at about 1.25pm. He was driving an older model blue hatchback or sedan with some dents in the panels and a flat rear left tyre. Phone Constable Steve Nicoll on 412-5194. Beach safety A police initiative at Muriwai is targeting vehicle safety on the beach. Operation Blacksand aims to enforce vehicle bylaws and speed limits. Police say the safety of beach goers is a priority. All vehicles driven on the beach must have a current warrant of fitness and be registered. A seatbelt must be used and those on bikes must wear helmets. Speed limits must also be observed. Break-ins Sergeant Mick Rickards of Kumeu police warns nor-west residents to be vigilant after a spate of break-ins around Taupaki, rural Waitakere and Waimauku. Barns and sheds are being hit with tools and machinery taken. Booze crackdown Intoxicated beachgoers heading home are the focus of police booze buses in Muriwai. Sergeant Mick Rickards says there is an ongoing problem of heavy daytime drinking during summer. Big grant Muriwai Lifeguard Service Amenities Trust has been awarded $750,000 to put towards a new community and education facility. The grant is from the Lottery Communities Facilities Committee. Hot rod show revs up the weekend Hotting up: Icecreams will help beat the heat while checking out hot cars at the Hell Pizza Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival in Kumeu this weekend. Photo: DAVID TATE Rodders are revved up for the 17th national Hell Pizza Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival at Kumeu show- grounds this weekend. Metallic attractions in- clude a 502 cubic inch Boss Hogg trike from the United States, drag racing displays both real size and miniature, model aircraft acrobatics, and hundreds of cars and motorbikes of all kinds. You can even look the part in the 1950s-1960s Blast from the Past in the outdoor arena by having your hair styled and dressing in fashions of the era to pose alongside cars. Nearly 50,000 visitors are expected at the popular two- day event. A 350 Chevy engine worth about $4000 can be won in a lucky entry draw each day. A Saturday night stomp, Rockit 2011 features Al Dawson and The Wild Kats and the Rockabilly Rebels in the nearby Kumeu Com- munity Centre from 7.30pm to 12.30am. Tickets $15. Bands Tom Petty and the Heartaches and Dr Hook and the Medics play on Saturday and Sunday respectively on the festival stage. You can wander down the automotive boulevard, check out parts and performance gear for sale, inspect the gleaming paintwork and chrome in the sheds, vote for your favourite car in the People s Choice award and partake of the many food and refreshment stands. Trade space may still be available -- if you get in quickly. Show hours are 7am to 6pm Saturday and 8am to 5pm Sunday, and entry is $15 adult with under-12s free. Parking is free too, but no dogs please. The Kumeu Showgrounds can be reached via Access Rd in Kumeu, just off State Highway 16 at the only set of traffic lights in town. Visit www.kumeu hotrod show.co.nz for information.
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