Nor West News : January 20th 2011
www.nor-westnews.co.nz Thursday, January 20, 2011 0800 ABC KIDS Nor-west goes to pot By CAROLYN THOMAS Crackdown: Police want information on cannabis growing activity. POLICE need your help to catch cannabis growers. Their plea follows six drug busts by Helensville officers in December. Six people face drug charges with plants found totalling $60,000. Helensville community constable Brett Mann says there is an ongoing crackdown in the area. The season is right for cannabis crops to grow, Mr Mann says. A thousand pairs of eyes out there are better than one. People should watch out for plants on farms, forests, near lakes, in garages and among crops. Mr Mann says outdoor growing is often done in larger volumes. It has a distinctive odour and a distinctive look, he says. Indoor growing is tried by some people in places such as a wardrobe, a laundry or a basement. The lighting and smell of the cannabis plants can sometimes give the show away. He says plants generally need sunlight, water, fertiliser and some privacy to survive. Cannabis growing areas can be booby-trapped so the police suggest that if you see them growing then tell us and we will recover them all, Mr Mann says. We d love to hear from you. Contact the Helensville police on (09) 420-8967, Kumeu police on 412-5194 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111. Blond beauty: Special care by Simon Bell and Petra Matheson helped their Haflinger horse Orchid become an award winner. Photo: CAROLYN THOMAS By CAROLYN THOMAS Champion: Petra Matheson, right, with Orchid at the North Island All Breed Horse Show. Orchid blossoms at show Having blond manes, strength and pleasant natures are what Haflin- ger horses are known for. All those traits certainly shone through for Muriwai mare Orchid when she won a supreme award in the North Island All Breed Horse Show this month. But it was no easy task for owners Petra Matheson and Simon Bell. Orchid was 200kg overweight and had not seen a farrier for a year when the friends picked her up from a South Island farm about 18 months ago. We flew down, walked into the paddock, put a hold on her and she just came with us, Petra says. This breed just talks to you. Petra says daily exercise and a special diet soon helped. We thought at one point that we d have to put her down, Petra says. The pair share another three Haflinger horses. One took second place at the show and another received young stock champion. Petra hopes to raise awareness about the breed which is fairly new to the country. She says there are not many around with just one stallion avail- able for breeding. Haflingers are very calm and have a kind temperament, Petra says. They used to carry cannons around Austria in the war days. Petra first had a Haflinger in her native country of Germany. The breed was developed in Austria and northern Italy during the late 19th century. It is named after the village of Hafling. Petra says they are popular for dressage, jumping and pulling wagons in Europe. Simon says it has been amazing to watch Orchid s progress. She has been a bit of a from zero to hero to be honest, Simon says. He fits the horses around work- ing as a dentist in Helensville. The pair met when Petra s husband also worked there. We re down here every morning and evening, Simon says. But it s worth it. Visit www.haflinger.org.nz for more information.
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