Nor West News : September 8th 2011
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Thursday, September 8, 2011 love your wheels A story of hope By CARYN WIGMORE A WOMAN busted for cooking P is backing her jailers. The former addict was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for two charges of manufacturing meth- amphetamine, or P. The west Auckland resident bears no malice towards her captors. When she was released on parole she sought out her arresting officer, keen to warn young people about the dangers of the drug. Enter youth education services head sergeant Deane McEntee of Auckland City Blue Light, an agency designed to help young people make sensible choices. We were impressed by her honesty and sincerity so we recorded her story in detail, Mr McEntee says. The Blue Light agency welcomed the idea to turn her experiences into a DVD. Waimauku Lions Club raised the funds to pay for the movie. It will be viewed by people working with youth. Mr McEntee says the DVD tells a story of hope -- the former dealer has turned her life around and is now clean. She s very accepting of the fact that she made the decision to use P and she s taking the consequences, Mr McEntee says. She s not angry they locked her up. She s not that kind of person. Mr McEntee says the woman got caught in a wrong relationship and was introduced to methampheta- mine. She moved from using it to deal- ing it and ultimately cooking it . The young woman was busted in two P labs and charged with two counts of manufacturing metham- phetamine, which carries a maxi- mum penalty of life in jail. She will be on parole for a few years, Mr McEntee says. She certainly became addicted to it. The drug controlled her life and her decisions, making it tough for her to move away from it. Mr McEntee says a fraction of a gram of methamphetamine can sell for $100. Users can become agitated, irri- table, unpredictable and irrational, he says. The longer term you use it, the more you get to the point of becom- ing quite paranoid, Mr McEntee says. Be trackside at Cox Plate Here's your chance to win a trip for two to see the spectacular Tatts Cox Plate in Melbourne. It's been 25 years since two New Zealand champions Bonecrusher and Our Waverley Star battled it out stride for stride at one of the annual event's most memorable races in 1986. And the Moonee Valley Racing Club, in conjunction with Nor-west News is celebrating by giving away a $5000 return trip for two to Melbourne including six nights at the spectacular Crown Metropol from October 19 to 23, entry to a number of Cox Plate events, premium hospitality on race day and tickets to Love Never Dies at the Princess Theatre, courtesy of Tourism Victoria. Write the answer to the following question on the back of an envelope and post it to: Tatts Cox Plate Competition, Nor-west News, PO Box 46, Kumeu 0810, Auckland to go into the draw. In what year did Bonecrusher and Our Waverley Star make history at Moonee Valley? You can also email the answer to online.admin @snl.co.nz. Entries close at 5pm on October 2 and are open to people aged 18 and over. Watch this paper over the next three weeks for three more questions and three more chances to enter the draw. The Tatts Cox Plate is worth $3,050,000, making it the third richest race in Australia behind the Melbourne Cup and the Golden Slipper. Celebrations start off track in the week leading into the race with a strong social calendar of events including Breakfast with the Best on October 18, Tatts Cox Plate Ladies Fashion Lunch on October 21 and the 2040 Cox Plate lunch at Atlantic Wharf. More information about the Cox Plate and competition terms and conditions can be found in today's e-edition version of the Nor-west News. Go online to www.nor-west news.co.nz, click on Latest Edition and read all about it. Gearing up: Kumeu Wine Country Committee members, from left: Geoff Clarke, Hellen Hyndman, Lindy Kawharu, Andrea Turzynski, Claire Cameron, Lee Mckeown, Peter Matvos, Courtney Wood, Donna Gordon, Nick Turzynski and Bou Toloi look forward to the Best of the West Festival. Nor-west all set for the rugby Pumping rugby action begins this week with a range of festivities in the nor-west. Residents can gear up by invit- ing their family and friends to their own home-grown events including the Best of the West Fes- tival organised by the Kumeu Wine Country Committee from October 9 to 15. The festival is supported by the council and begins with a huge fun day on October 9 where everyone has free entry to the Kumeu Showgrounds from 10am to 10pm. Free children s activities like a car- nival are sure to keep the young ones busy while the adults can check out the Kumeu Country Market, nor-west wineries mar- quee and a rugby merchandise stall. A Maori cultural village displays a marae, wood carving and moko tattooing, along with a hangi. The Rugby Widow s Marquee is for women who want a rugby-free zone to escape and be pampered with treats. Entertainment in the afternoon includes a kapa haka group, the Blue Note Trio jazz band and youth performances. Top off the night by cheering on the rugby quarter-finals on the biggest screen in New Zealand from your cosy chairs and picnic blankets. Donation for car parking goes towards Waimauku Primary School and the Kumeu Youth Group. Visit www.kumeuwinecountry. co.nz for information. The festival is one of four in Rodney showcasing the area during the Rugby World Cup. It also includes Helensville's family and heritage day which will be held October 8.
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