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Hundreds come to the pyjama party Piles and piles of kids’ winter pyjamas donated by people in and around Cambridge have left collection organisers

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Cambridge Real Estate director and agent Sherry Herkes, left, with Kids in Need Waikato founder Linda Roil with some of the pyjamas collected in the six-week PJs drive.


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The Health Ministry is using three Waikato hotels for Covid quarantining. They are the Distinction and Ibis in Hamilton and the JetPark Hotel at Hamilton Airport. A total of 29 hotels have been selected for quarantine purposes – 18 in Auckland, two in Rotorua, one in Wellington and five in Christchurch.

Martens gets life

Long-time Cambridge Football Club president Peter Martens has been honoured with a Life Membership of WaiBOP Football after four decades of volunteer work with local and regional football. He also recently visited Government House, Wellington, for his investiture at which Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy presented him with his Queen’s Service Medal announced in the New Year’s Honours list.

Tamahere goes to market

The popular Tamahere Market will be open from 8.30am to 1pm on Saturday on the St Stephen’s church grounds. It’s the second post-Covid market following the first break in the market’s 15-year history.

Scholarship awarded

Cambridge High School girls’ rugby player Te Haerenga Mulvey-Griggs has been named an Inside Running Academy Liam Messam Scholarship recipient. Scholars go on a five-day training camp hosted by the former All Black and Chiefs player. MulveyGriggs said being selected was a “massive privilege”.

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“absolutely amazed”. Cambridge Real Estate hoped they might collect between 50-100 pairs when they put the call out towards the end of June. Six weeks later, 380 pairs had been donated by the staff, the public and clients, a number that completely threw organiser, Cambridge Real Estate director and agent Sherry Herkes. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d get to that number… the response was fantastic. We are so grateful,” she said. Because the initiative was set up for the company to match pair-for-pair the number collected by staff and others, Cambridge Real Estates’ total donation to Kids in Need Waikato will be 760 pairs of pyjamas. “We have them on order and will pass them on to Linda when they arrive,” said Sherry. “We are very grateful that we can help those in need.” The company launched its PJs drive after seeing a social media post from Kids in Need Waikato. At that stage the organisation, founded and run by Linda Roil, was putting

feelers out for help with funding a vehicle. Cambridge Real Estate became the first of several local companies to support that endeavour but decided to piggy-back from that to collect winter pyjamas for youngsters affiliated to Kids in Need Waikato as one of their regular initiatives to ‘give back’ to the community. “We support Cambridge Lifeskills as our ongoing community initiative, but we wanted to do something else as well. This has been such a huge success… our staff have so enjoyed being a part of it, so we will look at other ways we can help Linda in the future.” Linda said she was “absolutely overwhelmed with the amazing response to the pyjama drive”. “We want to thank everyone who has donated and pass our heartfelt thanks to Cambridge Real Estate for putting this together. We will be able to put those pyjamas into packs with the love of so many. The support is so much appreciated – thank you.”

On the beat with Senior Constable DEB THURGOOD Don’t use the N word

I’m back from the wintery chills of Taupo this week and have been enjoying more local activities. With children back to school next week, things will soon once again return to a less flexible schedule. Prevention is at the heart of a lot that we do as police officers. My goal is to prevent crime from reoccurring from both sides of the equation, both offender and victim. I am a strong believer that most police interactions offer a chance to problem solve and provide support to the people involved. These opportunities may arise at the time of the incident or through subsequent followup. Early intervention is often key to making change. When police are called to an address for a family harm incident at the loud argument stage, the subsequent report triggers a response from support agencies. This extra support may stop a later escalation to physical violence from occurring and children from witnessing violence in the home. Apprehending a drunk driver or wine bladder thief can enable steps to be taken to help them recognise and address addiction issues. Dealing with fighting in a public place can lead to referrals that assist an offender with anger management and counselling for underlying issues. You get the drift. These are reasons that it is important we stop framing the act of calling the police

when something happens around us, as ‘narking’. It is actually a vital step in helping stop the cycle of offending for those involved, which makes all of our community safer. This also applies when you see the police appealing for the sightings or information leading to the arrest of a wanted person. Our job is made a lot easier with your support. On a related note, I wanted to give a thank you and general shout out this week to the lovely volunteers manning our Cambridge community patrols. They all willingly give up their valuable time, free of charge to act as an extra set of eyes and ears in the evening time. The community patrol go out in their sign written silver ute, complete with a police radio on board, enabling them to hear what is going on and keep in touch with our units. Each week, I provide a briefing to them, outlining any local areas of concern, issues of note, stolen cars and crime hotspots. In addition, they use their own experience to proactively deter crime through their patrols and highlight suspicious activity to the police officers on shift. Their diligence and positive attitude is much appreciated by all at Cambridge police. Have a great last weekend of the holidays, Deb.

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