Nor West News : March 29th 2012
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 4 NOR-WEST NEWS, MARCH 29, 2012 NEWS FREE CHILDCARE for 3-5 year olds (7am-6pm)* FREE KINDY for 3-5 year olds (8:45-2:45)* 5/21 Oraha Road ,Kumeu PH 412 5325 Phone Jo for more information email@example.com *conditions apply Don't miss out ...... spaces filling fast! [ Plenty of love & nurturing [ Under 3 year olds $35 per day* [ Nappies included for u2's [ Warm and cosy Nursery environment [ Healthy home style meals [ Amazing qualified Teachers & excellent educational programme [ Open 7am-6pm and plenty of easy onsite parking [ Phone now to enquire and arrange a visit IN BRIEF Online security Lee Chisholm from NetSafe is the guest speaker of the Nor-West Senior Net seminar on April 4. The meeting is at St Chad's Church Hall, Huapai from 10am. NetSafe educates the public about online safety and security. The organisation runs a contact centre for people to report online issues, incidents or crime as well as receive information and advice. Refreshments provided for a $3 donation. Unwanted books The Huapai-Kumeu Lions Club welcomes your donation of unwanted books for their book fair on April 28. Leave them at the Kumeu Information Centre, Sunnyview Orchards, Highway 16 or at Huapai Hardware in Waimauku. The fair starts from 9am at the Kumeu Community Centre with books at a bargain of just $1 or $2. Lions members are are also selling trailer loads of firewood. For orders call 412 8950. Luncheon The King Country luncheon on April 18 is open to nor-west residents who have had connections with the area. The gathering is at Avondale RSA. Contact Jill on 835 1107. Naval heritage: From left: Aline Larkins, Margaret Mitchell, David Wright, Daphne French and Jill Thompson are working together to save the history of the Women's Royal NZ Naval Service. Appreciation We want to thank Waimauku Lions for their continued support of Muriwai Volunteer Surf Life Saving Club, especially junior surf. The money raised from last year s horse night went to the two paddle boards for the older children to train and compete on. One of the new Bennett boards was a particular favourite of mine. My accomplishments of this past season included a silver and gold at Auckland districts, and to round up my year, a silver at nationals. I look forward to next season. My last year as a nipper finishes next summer as a rookie before my final step in becoming a volunteer surf life saver at Muriwai. I look forward to the Lions continual support. My father Steve Sumner is also an assistant coach with the Muriwai juniors as well as the rookie programme. He also became a lifeguard for Muriwai while I was a small nipper and he looks forward to patrolling in the future with me. Steffi Sumner Muriwai junior surf Wrens gathering We are an association for women who have served in the Royal New Zealand Navy or Women s Royal New Zealand Naval Service. On the occasion of our 70th anniversary reunion on Queen s Birthday weekend, we have been working very hard on getting a display together for an exhibition at the Naval Museum in Devonport. We hope we may reach some ex-Wrens who might like to attend the exhibition and the reunion. Call me on 402 6699 or email margaretmitchell@ xtra.co.nz. Margaret Mitchell National president Drug free There was the arrest of four men, with police seizing cocaine en route to Australia via New Zealand from South America, with a street value of $1.5 million. While our police continue to track drug rings and interrupt the supply of drugs, tackling the user end remains a priority, and one which we at the Drug Free Ambassadors have taken seriously for the past 15 years. While we cannot protect every child from being exposed to drugs, we can make some serious inroads to lessening the impact through effective drug education. This helps cut off the air supply to the dealers. Our motto has been to give youth and adults alike the facts about drugs -- the truth that the dealers and their friends either don t know themselves, or don t say. Selling drugs is a business. Reformed drug dealers have told us that they would say or do anything to get people to buy their wares. They promote the fun side of drugs, but not the consequences. Informed choice includes knowing both sides fully. Our method is incredibly successful in creating well- informed youth who don t run into trouble, because they are educated. Young people are smart and very savvy and given the right sort of information. The majority do make survival choices about their body, their health and their lives. It is ignorance that can kill. The Drug Free Ambassadors was originally set up by the Church of Scientology because of the need for an independent, community-based drug education service to work at a grass roots level. They continue to support us with grants along with a growing list of organisations, which have seen the success of our work. This enables us to provide our educational materials free of charge. We have booklets to offer parents, teachers and anyone in the community who wants to help educate young people about drugs. Anyone can do it and we have lesson plans, guides and DVDs that give all the tools needed to educate intelligently about drugs. Sometimes the hardest thing for a parent or friend is to know what to say. We do that for you in an engaging and commonsense way. Contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit drugfreeworld.org and have a look at the range of material available. They can be ordered online or download for free. Also check out the great videos and documentaries. Te Rata Boldy Drug Free Ambassadors Timely message To those who stole the garage door opener, a bunch of keys and other items from Applemoors Way, Riverhead, early on March 21. Note the garage door remote has been reprogrammed and alarms and locks changed. However, the keys to locks you know nothing about would be useful to us if returned. Why not next time you are passing throw them on to the drive? That would be appreciated.Riverhead residents Rare chance to walk wetlands It s wet and wonderful and for one day only the Matuku Reserve wetlands will be accessible to West Aucklanders in a different way. The reserve near Bethells Beach is easily seen but access involves navigating more than a kilometre of steep track most of the year. On Sunday, there will be an easier access route through private land opened to allow the public to explore the 2.5km walk. The event attracted 300 people last year who took the opportunity to walk along the Waitakere River and enjoy the native flora and fauna. John Sumich was part of a team working with Ark in the Park rangers to clear the track throughout 2010 and says it s an exceptional walk. It s a unique walk that allows you to see the historic tramway line as well as the beautiful natural setting where the forest meets the wetland. The sanctuary is now recovering from the logging days and with pred- ator control it s gradually becoming a haven for birdlife like the native bit- tern, fernbirds, tomtits and other bush birds, he says. The walk can be accessed from 10am to 4pm through 119 Bethells Rd. A gold coin donation is appreciated. No dogs allowed. Group wages war on scams A new group dedicated to fighting scams has been forged. It aims to prevent fraud and coincides with Fraud Awareness Week. The group will be chaired by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and backed by the Depart- ment of Internal Affairs anti-spam compliance unit and Netsafe, which promotes safe internet use. Consumer Affairs Min- ister Chris Tremain says it will raise awareness of scams so people can pro- tect themselves from being misled.
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