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Contents About Neighbourhood Support
Message from the Editorial Team
Police Area Prevention Manager
Selwyn District gets it right!
Junior Neighbourhood Support
100 years ago
Life in a 16-foot box
Safer Plates - Bunnings
Message from North Canterbury
Reducing the burglarâ€™s opportunities 35 Ashburton District Neighbourhood Support
What can a JP do for you?
Community is something we do with each other
A shower of small pebbles
A glimpse at life at Nanortalik, Greenland
Keeping safe from gambling harm 56 Victim Support
Family violence - what can I do?
CanTeen 60 Citizens Advice Bureau
How safe is your home?
Civil Defence evacuation plan
About Neighbourhood Support
History Neighbourhood Watch was introduced to New Zealand as a crime prevention initiative in the late 1970s. The initiative evolved to become Neighbourhood Support New Zealand, a community owned and managed organisation with a wide-ranging interest in community support, safety and crime prevention. Neighbourhood Support became an Incorporated Society in 2000. In 2001 it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the New Zealand Police. The purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding is to establish and promote a collaborative working relationship between Neighbourhood Support New Zealand Incorporated and the Police.
Objectives Neighbourhood Support aims to make homes, streets, neighbourhoods and communities safer and more caring places in which to live. This is primarily achieved through the establishment of small cells of households known as a â€œNeighbourhood Support Groupâ€?, comprising anywhere from 4 to 50 residential households in a single street or suburb. Groups throughout a single suburb or a wider town or city area are co-ordinated either via a civilian co-ordinator, or through a Community Constable based at a local Police station. The main purpose of the groups is to encourage neighbours to know one another and share information on crime or suspicious activities in their area. Early contact with authorities such as the Police is also encouraged for reporting of unusual observations or unacceptable behaviour. Crime prevention information can also be shared with group members via Community Constables, or Neighbourhood Support Area Co-ordinators. A secondary objective of Neighbourhood Support is to facilitate communication between Civil Defence (Emergency Management) and the community during a manmade or natural disaster affecting residents.
Message from the Editorial Team Sadly, the world in which we live is not as law abiding as it was a generation or two ago, which makes the work of all sorts of government and voluntary organisations vital. Neighbourhood Support is a lively, worthwhile and necessary organisation which provides avenues for neighbours and communities to socialise, and look out for each other. Our sincere thanks to the contributors of all the articles contained here. A lot of hours have gone in to making this book as relevant, useful and convenient to use as possible. This book is a vehicle for the latest news and messages of many of the above, in an easy to use format. Please keep it by your phone for ready reference. The community-minded advertisers represented in this book have provided the finance for its manufacture and distribution, as well as critical funding for your local Neighbourhood Support groups to continue their important work.
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Grey Nomads 2018 Evolution …And then he found the gypsy, Asleep through all the years, Awakened in his own staid self, The nomad call he hears. The trailer is the answer, A home behind his car, In every man the longing, To travel fast and far. No longer pride of empire, No wish for house and land. There’s every living comfort, When he joins the trailer band. He comes and goes at pleasure, Without roots to hold him fast. After twenty restless centuries, Man’s freedom comes at last.
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Police Area Prevention Manager Police continue to work hard to prevent, respond to, investigate and resolve burglaries but we can’t do it alone — our community partnerships are a key to doing this successfully. Police ask people to be aware of what’s happening around them and to report any suspicious behaviour. Police encourage people to dial 111 immediately if they observe someone breaking into their neighbour’s house or car. The sooner Police are made aware of these incidents, the sooner we can respond. With the weather getting warmer, and more people being out and about, now is a good time to think about security. With a few simple actions, people can make sure their home and other property is safe, especially when they’re out or on holiday.
Help keep your property secure by: • Locking your car and garage • Keeping the doors locked — even when you are at home — and closing your windows at night • Keeping your spare key in a safe place • Parking vehicles on your property or in a well-lit area • Installing burglar alarms and/or sensor lights. More safety and security advice is available on the Police website: www.police.govt.nz.
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Selwyn District gets it right!
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The sleeping mutt at my feet erupted with such energy, barking and rush that I thought for a moment – here we go again! Earthquake! I was metres from where, upstairs, we had been bounced up and down off the floor in the start of Canterbury’s earthquakes. Some memories fade slowly! Things like that get me thinking about “Getting Ready”, ready for whatever nature throws our way. We know we have the Alpine fault ready to let go. North Islanders shouldn’t feel smug. You too have your challenges lurking.
Preparedness: How do I stack up? How do you and your community stack up? Selwyn’s preparedness and overall community safety has changed dramatically since those earthquakes. Here in Selwyn, between the coast, south of Christchurch and Arthurs Pass, we are a group of communities with many challenges – wind, snow and quakes to mention the big ones. Households are now linked and enabled through tools in Gets Ready and supported and facilitated through a dedicated Emergency Management - Neighbourhood Support team from Selwyn District Council. Gets Ready is home grown here in Hororata-Selwyn and Christchurch. The software was honoured with a Civil Defence director’s award in 2016. It’s been a journey of community members partnered with Selwyn Council and a team of dedicated, developers having to cope with very limited funds. Page 11
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Selwyn District gets it right! So where are we today? What makes Selwyn somewhat unique? It is partnership. It wasn’t always like that, but now each main town and most minor ones, plus rural communities across Selwyn have Community Response Teams. We meet with Council on a regular basis. We share information via both Gets Ready tools and Facebook. Both ‘systems’ are necessary and valued. Gets Ready sends alerts – about snow, wind, boil water notices – via texts and emails. It maps the locations of people with specific skills and resources and where people are with special needs. Power out? If your life depends on power, it is great to know it isn’t just a team of experts miles away in a city that know about your needs. Better that a bunch of trusted locals know and help is close by. There’s heaps more cool tools in Gets Ready. Want to know more? Contact the key developer to get an installation working for your group. Isaac’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact the Selwyn Emergency Management Team at email@example.com if you want to know how it works in the Selwyn District.
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www.christchurch.getsready.net Why Join our Gets Ready Database Tool? The Gets Ready website is a database. It contains contact information for local residents that is used by local community response teams to identify who needs assistance in an emergency and who has skills or resources (like first aid skills or generators) that could help in a disaster. Gets Ready is used to send emergency texts or emails. These can include boil water notices, uncontrolled fire, wind and snow alerts. You get to share information with your neighbours who may not be connected to the internet.
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Junior Neighbourhood Support It is almost the end of another successful year for the JNS programme. I have presented many awards for many things but the one most common reason is for children doing great things for their local environments. Some are individual decisions like picking up rubbish on their way to school. And others have been stimulated by class discussion and activity like cleaning up along their local water ways. There is a strong focus on sustainable gardens and waste management at many schools. They are learning a strong responsibility for their community and the wider world. I see wonderful benefits in this for on-going attention, from these children, for their neighbourhoods. They have a desire for clean streets which show others that their neighbourhood is cared for. Graffiti removal becomes part of this, as does clearing broken glass on footpaths and reporting vandalised property. The children are learning a ‘putting it right’ attitude and we hope this is life-long learning. If you picked up broken bottles in your childhood you would be much less likely to throw bottles out your car window to smash on the pavement in adult years. Speaking of bottles, do you remember getting a refund on your glass fizzy drink bottle when you were young? It was great that items were reused and those items held a value. Some schools are finding the value in other people’s rubbish again. Some schools have aluminium can crates earning about 2cents a can; it all adds up. Some schools have oral health product recycling through Colgate, earning them a small income. However one of the JNS schools has looked at reducing their rubbish generated by the school and has reduced their rubbish removal costs by 60%, leaving them a cool $2000 in their budget for other exciting things. So as part of my role and in support of Keep Christchurch Beautiful, I am rewarding children for their environmental kindness and supporting schools in their environment projects. Along with all the other community safety and community spirit projects and awards it is a very enjoyable role to have.
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Belfast School JNS Leaders created a map to show the safest ways to walk, or ride to school.
Bamford School JNS Leaders make a puppet show to teach their school about Get down, Get low, Get out.
Bromley School JNS Leaders educate others on common ways house fires start.
Bromley School JNS Leaders made a play shop with some recycled toys and baskets from an old counter for the junior classes.
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100 years ago Remembered 11th hour 11th day 11th month 2018 To honour on Armistice Day We gathered for song and to pray That lives which were lost At such a cruel cost Somehow will bring peace to hold sway.
A Peace of Paper The Armistice Treaty for peace, Meant warring ‘tween nations could cease; Hence all to Versailles To dot “T’s” and the “I’s”, That would from war give sweet release. And now it’s one hundred years on From battles then fought on the Somme; These led to the carriage Where they each signed the ‘marriage’ To make all wars fade and begone. But mankind in spite of this try, Keeps warring and killing, for why? World’s ordinary folk Bear these fights as cruel yoke, When really they’d rather ally. © 2018 Robert Tait
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, World War I fighting ceased. This was the result of a meeting between Representatives of France, Great Britain, and Germany, when they signed an agreement (at 5.00am) for the fighting of World War ONE between these enemies to cease at 11.00am that day. The ceremony took place in Ferdinand Foch’s railway carriage in the Forest of Compiégne (37 miles – 60 km – north of Paris). Ironically this was the same carriage in which Germany forced France to sign an agreement to end fighting between them in 1940 (World War II). The carriage was destroyed in 1945. How symbolic!!
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100 years ago This 11th November 2018, the 100th Anniversary of the signing, was the time that these attempts for peace, and the sacrifices made by so many, deserved to be acknowledged. The Christchurch Civic Music Council on behalf of its numerous affiliated members, mounted a commemoration event (people invited to gather at 10.30am) at the Wigram Air Force Museum to recognize the momentous hour ahead. The ceremony began shortly beforehand with traditional Maori welcomes and related ceremonies. At 11.00am the “Last Post” was sounded followed by usual honouring addresses. Philip Norman, a doyen of Christchurch musicians, composed a while ago, a massed choral item, titled “Pro Patria”. This work was chosen as an appropriate one to be performed on this occasion by choristers from affiliated CCMC member choirs* accompanied by the Woolston Brass Band (under direction of Bandmaster Tyme Marsters). *Christchurch City Choir, Cecilian Singers, Jubilate Singers and members from other organisations. After the formalities, selected affiliate members each presented concert items often with association to World War I times. Performers included such iconic entities as the Christchurch City Choir, Cecilian Singers, Jubilate Singers, plus Apollo Musicum, performing war-time songs with Soprano Charlotte Wilson and presenting appropriate items arranged for string sextet. The CSM (Christchurch School of Music) Children’s Choir, under the direction of their conductor, Kate Husband, performed Dorothy Buchanan’s hauntingly beautiful and poignant “Peace Song” with Roy Zhang accompanying on the piano. The concert, which was freely open to the public, took place in the hanger at 45 Harvard Avenue. This is the auditorium where the CSO sometimes holds its concerts. The finale was a rousing rendition by choirs, performers, and the whole audience (over 600 people), singing William Blake’s poem Jerusalem (And did those feet . . . ) set to majestic music by C. Hubert H. Parry. The Woolston Brass Band accompanied this most moving, heart-stirring work. The event will be remembered as a once in a lifetime experience. It can give treasured moments for many to remember and honour family members and friends who fell then and since, as well as those who serve valiantly and return to make NZ the great country it can be. “We will remember them.”
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Life in a 16-foot box
With the housing shortage and environmental concerns, tiny homes are very talked about at the moment. Dave Wilkinson of Neighbourhood Support shares living in a caravan for 9 months and I added some thought of my own – like “Hell NO”. Wendy and I moved into the North and South Caravan Park while our new home was being built. We already owned our caravan and it was reasonably economic and gave us flexibility with timing.
Q What facilities does your caravan have? A It’s a compact 16-feet model but with clever design has all the same features of a much bigger one and includes a shower and separate toilet. (I’m thinking of aromas in small spaces = Dutch Oven)
Q Tell me about the expenses of caravan living? A $184 weekly for a powered site plus power. Our highest weekly power bill was $33.00. (There is not enough money in the world to entice me. I’d rather poke my eyes out with a teaspoon)
Q What did you take with you? A The caravan is already set up with everything we need so just a small quantity of clothing each. Wendy had a bit more than me. (Of course she did Dave and what about shoes………Duh)
Q Did you meet interesting people? A Yes, people from all over the world who were travelling and permanent residents like us.
Q What would you do differently next time A Laughing – Get a bigger caravan. (Put sedatives in the bloke’s daily morning coffee)
Q Where there any rules? A Number two’s not permitted except in EMERGENCY. (Why did we have Vindaloo curry)
Q What was tricky for you? A Arguments – there were only one of two but its hard when there is no space for some alone time. Luckily we get on really well though. (Suddenly very long solo walks are so appealing)
Q What advice would you give to others contemplating a similar experience? A Wendy and I have been married for 47 years, communication is key as it is with everything. (Buy industrial strength ear plugs & put a spare bed in the awning)
Q Where there any lessons learned? A Yep, we own a lot of crap. Since moving into our new home we have had a major cull and more needs to go out yet. (I have a border line personality disorder and claustrophobia - now)
Q Any Last comments? A It’s been an interesting journey and Wendy and I are looking forward to heading off in the caravan in the late summer. (Thought I’d try something more relaxing like climbing Mount Everest) Page 27
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Message from North Canterbury What a busy few months we have had and too much rain! North Canterbury has doubled its members joining up to the Gets Ready system for Emergency and critical information, and the feedback is that people love what they are hearing. The Gets Ready system is designed to be there to help you prepare or be in the know when/if there is a problem, be it weather, Civil Defence information, Council information and Police. We send most information out on email, but in the case of urgent requirements, we will text you. Knowing your neighbours is so important. It can and does strengthen our communities, makes them safer and all in all a more pleasant time for everyone. You can join up on Gets Ready as a group or an individual and ALL information is private. The only people who can see your details are ourselves and the Police and Civil Defence. If they need to contact you in an emergency they can. This means all information sent out is direct and not filtered down or a guess from a facebook page. Often with Facebook it will show you what it thinks you want to see instead of critical information. The information from the Gets Ready System is only sent when it will protect you, warn you, prepare you, and help you. Belonging to a Neighbourhood Support Group is a great way to get to know your neighbours and enhance a feeling of safety in your immediate neighbourhood. It is easy to start a group and has many benefits and we would love for you to join. A group can be any number of people and you are welcome to join as an individual to receive the information from Gets Ready if you didn’t want to be part of an arranged group.
The Benefits of a Neighbourhood Group are: • • • • •
You get to know your neighbours and meet new people Creates safer neighbourhoods Creates a vigilance with an aim to reduce crime Sharing resources in the event of an emergency Working with agencies such as the police for crime prevention and Civil defence to help our neighbourhoods prepare for any given emergency situation • And that the street group can be supportive in the event of a personal emergency. The group can support each other by means of knowing of holidays and time away to ensure properties are checked on and any suspicious activities reported promptly. It is important to know who is in your group and the needs of perhaps the elderly and the vulnerable. Page 31
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Message from North Canterbury You can, as a group, meet as little or as often as you feel is necessary. You could even set up your own private Facebook group to keep in touch. Some groups love to arrange a yearly BBQ, some love getting together for morning teas, the choice is entirely yours. Respect each otherâ€™s confidences and privacy. Be aware that some members of the group may not wish to participate in the same way as others. Go to www.northcanterburygetsready.net to sign up to start receiving information. Setting up a street group could not be easier! Call us today and we can come and meet with you to arrange.
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Knowing how a burglar thinks and operates is good background information to help put things in place to prevent you or someone you know becoming a burglary victim. The following information outlines some practical and simple steps to reduce the risk of being burgled: • Set up or join a Neighbourhood Support Group in your area and advertise the fact by displaying Neighbourhood Support signs and stickers • Make sure doors, windows and other entry and exit points from your house have good quality, effective catches and locks — deadlocks if possible. Get into the habit of always using these locks • Always lock doors and windows at night, if you’re out in the garden or going out or away. Don’t leave a door key hidden outside — burglars know all the places to look • Keep garden sheds and garages secure and lock away tools and ladders • Have an alarm system professionally installed and consider having it monitored by a reputable security company • Install sensor lights on access paths or around main external doors • Install a ‘peep-hole’ in a front door so you know who’s visiting you • Ask unannounced visitors who they are and what they want. If you’re not satisfied with their answer, don’t open the door to them • Trim trees or remove shrubbery which might ‘hide’ a burglar’s activity • Get to know your neighbours and develop plans to deal with problems or suspicious activity. Exchanging phone numbers or emergency contact details is a good start. Page 35
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Reducing the burglar’s opportunities • If you’re going away, neighbours can collect your mail or newspaper and make your place look occupied, for example by turning on lights, parking a vehicle in your driveway, hanging washing on your line or mowing lawns • Mark valuable property with serial numbers and keep a record of these numbers • Consider placing “Beware of Dog” signs on gates or fences • If you have an answer phone, don’t record a message that suggests you’re out or alone • Police are always interested in suspicious activity. Don’t hesitate to call Police to report something out of the ordinary and, if you see a crime being committed, call 111. Above all, remember burglars like easy, tempting opportunities. DON’T overlook the obvious and DO all you can to reduce the risk of being burgled.
If you, or someone you know has been burgled, it is best to take immediate action to improve the security of your home and reduce the risk of being burgled again. If you do see someone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, ask yourself the following questions. • Have I seen this person in the neighbourhood before? [If you live in a cul-de-sac or a more rural location, a non-local will be immediately obvious] • Does s/he look comfortable doing what they’re doing? • Is there a sense of purpose to the person’s activity? • Do they look like they’re going somewhere? Are they hesitant or even loitering? • What does the person appear to be looking at and why? • How did the person come to be in the area? Is there a car nearby, and if s/he is some distance from it, why? • What’s the car registration number? Answering these questions and even taking notes about the person’s appearance, clothes, height or other distinguishing features can go a long way toward identifying a crime suspect and making your neighbourhood a safer place to live.
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Ashburton District Neighbourhood Support Belonging to a Neighbourhood Support Group is a great way to get to know your neighbours and enhance a feeling of community spirit and safety in the community. There are currently 385 Neighbourhood Support groups in the Ashburton District (including Methven, Rakaia and Hinds). Setting up or joining a Neighbourhood Support group is easy, free and the benefits are many.
What do Neighbourhood Support Groups do? • • • • • • • • • • •
Encourage neighbours to get to know each other Welcome new residents Help nurture a sense of community spirit Reduce social isolation Enhance the safety and appearance of neighbourhoods Notify each other of anything suspicious happening in the neighbourhood Enable communities to take responsibility for their own safety and wellbeing Be prepared for and support each other in times of civil emergency such as during an earthquake, flood, pandemic, etc Have immediate access to neighbours phone numbers in an emergency Communicate with each other when going on holiday Share information that will help reduce the risk and fear of crime.
I am available to come and talk with individuals or groups of neighbours about how to set up a Neighbourhood Support group and explain the benefits. I am also able to help you get your street/road group established. Contact: Christine Richards Co-ordinator Ashburton District Neighbourhood Support Telephone: (03) 307 8410 Text: 027 296 1006 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Neighbourhood Support Ashburton District Page 39
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What can a JP do for you? A Justice of the Peace, or simply a ‘JP’, can help members of the community with several things, including: 1. Certifying copies (as true copies). 2. Statutory declarations needed for several applications such as visitor sponsorship application, Kiwisaver withdrawal application, citizenship application, rates rebate application etc. 3. Taking oaths, declarations, affidavits or affirmations to be used in courts. 4. Witnessing signatures on documents. These functions are called ‘ministerial duties or functions’.
What are JP’s fees?
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Unlike in some other countries, in New Zealand, JPs provide their services absolutely free of charge. Also, JPs do not receive any remuneration from the government. It is important to note that JP’s services are free irrespective of: • The residence / citizenship status of their clients • The volume of work they may do for a member of the community. JPs cannot request or accept any gift, in cash or kind.
How to find a JP? The best way to find a JP is by using the website www.jpfed.org.nz . This website is managed by The Royal Federation of Justices of the Peace, and provides help in finding a JP: • Living near you • Can communicate in your language. This website also guides the user on how to contact the JP – by phone, cellphone, email etc. Yellow Pages also provide a list of JPs both in their on-line and printed versions. However, of late the information on Yellow Pages has been found to be outdated or unreliable, which often causes frustration to those trying to find a JP and get an appointment. A search using Google may or may not give you the most accurate and updated information. The most reliable source of information is www.jpfed.org.nz Page 41
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What can a JP do for you? Where does a JP perform his / her work? JPs attend to the community at: • Their place of residence or work • JP ‘service desks’ which are held at public places such as a library or shopping mall on specific days at some locations in New Zealand. These service desks are becoming increasingly popular. In exceptional circumstances, a JP can visit client’s place of residence.
Do I need an appointment to see a JP? Yes, it is essential to first contact a JP and seek an appointment. JPs often also use this first contact to guide the client about ‘do and don’ts’, what to bring, etc. On the other hand, no appointment is needed if you are visiting a ‘JP service desk’. But there may be waiting time if JPs are attending to other clients at the service desk.
Does a JP need to understand the language of the document he or she is certifying as a ‘true copy’? No, this is not necessary. JPs are not expected to read or understand the contents of the document being presented. JPs simply need to compare the presented document (copy) with the original, and – if satisfied – certify the presented document as the ‘true copy’.
How does a JP certify copies if my original is in an electronic format? It is absolutely acceptable for the original to be in electronic format; for example – an attachment to an e-mail, an on-line bank statement, an invoice from a service provider, or a text message on a cell-phone. In such cases, you will need to show the JP the ‘original’ document using your cell-phone or computer. It is important to note that a ‘screenshot’ is not an original. JPs will need to see the actual e-mail (for example – details of sender, receiver, date etc.) or the website.
How are JPs appointed? JPs are appointed through a very robust process, which includes: • Nomination by community organisations • Personal interview with the local Member of Parliament • Police verification and check • Detailed personal interview with Ministry of Justice (District Court official) and local JP association • On-line written test.
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What can a JP do for you? The oath which is administered to JPs at their appointment includes the words, “I will do right to all manner of people…..without fear or favour, affection or ill-will”. JPs are bound by strict public code of ethics and conduct.
For how long are JPs appointed? JPs are appointed for life. However, JPs may retire due to age, health or other reasons if they are unable to perform their duties.
How do JPs keep themselves updated and trained? After appointment, JPs attend regular training courses and seminars organised by the local JP association. JPs also receive a ‘quarterly’, which includes ‘JP education pages’. Since 2017, an ‘Accreditation’ programme has been put in place to ensure JPs deliver consistent high quality service to the community.
What does ‘Accredited’ appearing against the name of JP on www. jpfed.org.nz mean? ‘Accredited’ means “successfully completing a nationally recognised programme of ongoing education”. This is similar to a ‘warrant of fitness’ for your vehicle. In simple terms, it means that the JP has attended regular training and passed an on-line assessment. At present, the accreditation period is 3 years.
What is the difference between a Notary and a JP? A notary is a trained lawyer, and can provide legal advice. A notary may charge for his / her services. A JP is not a lawyer (lawyers, medical practitioners and police officers cannot become JPs). JPs provide their services for free. JPs cannot provide legal advice.
What other functions can JPs perform? In addition to the most common ‘ministerial duties’, JPs can perform other functions such as: • Witnessing counting of votes at local and parliamentary elections • Issuing search warrants used by Police and other law enforcement agencies • Acting as a judge in family courts, traffic courts etc. • Helping district courts with ‘bail bond process’. Page 45
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What can a JP do for you? • Being a ‘nominated witness’ for police interview of a child/young person and mental health patients. Some of these duties are ‘judicial duties’ and need special / specific training.
What are the things JPs cannot do? There are a few things JPs cannot do. These include: • Witnessing a will • Certifying copies of documents to be submitted for an ‘apostille certificate’ • Documents sometimes needed by overseas countries, which need the document to be ‘notarised’ • Any tasks for members of their own family.
How can I help my JP? You can help your JP by being mindful that JPs serve the community in their own time. You can help by: • Being punctual for your appointment. If you cannot make the appointment, please inform your JP well in advance A JP training session in progress • Having originals and copies well arranged, to save time • Having ‘electronic originals’ ready for showing to the JP when requested • Not offering cash or any gift as a reward. Tip: This check-list may be useful before visiting a JP.
Some stories from here and there: A. A German client said that JP services in Germany are chargeable. B. A Kiwi once reported that the wait time to see a JP in London was ~6 weeks. He sent the documents by courier to New Zealand to have them attended by a JP here. C. A client whose passport was ‘washed out’ on the day of the travel overseas went to a JP and completed a declaration. The airlines as well as the border control authorities accepted the declaration – together with the ‘washed out’ passport and allowed the journey to proceed. Page 47
Community is something we do with each other Email, mobile phones and social media make keeping in touch easy, however a few “old school” ways have gone by the wayside. Sadly, the days of popping next door to “borrow a cup of sugar”, taking in a neighbour’s washing, swapping veggies for baking, collecting mail or spending time chatting over a cuppa with a neighbour who lives alone are not so common; we all lead busy lives right? Many of us do not live close to our family and may not know those who live near us, and this can lead to feelings of loneliness, isolation, anxiety and fear. These feelings can cause both physical and mental health issues. The rates of crime, both on property and people, has added to many feeling unsafe and insecure in their neighbourhood and homes. We would like to think that nothing will ever happen to us or someone we care for however, that is often not the case. Our emergency services do a brilliant job but are often working to capacity, so anything we can do to help ourselves and our loved ones has got to be worth it. Modern technology can’t replace human interaction however it can be used well to help you feel more connected to and protected by family, friends and neighbours. Safelet is an alarm bracelet that can help. It connects to your mobile phone via a free app and with the “push of a button” your nominated guardians (friends, family & neighbours) are instantly alerted to your whereabouts and that you need them. Guardians can listen to a live recording of what’s happening and can respond accordingly to get the help you may need. It’s an “out and about” alarm so you are connected and protected wherever you may be. Neighbourhood Support groups are a wonderful way for neighbours to connect face to face, get to know each other and keep an eye out and Safelet is the technology tool that allows you to send an instant alert if you need help. It’s a perfect combination of technology and the human touch working together to create caring, connected, safer communities for us to live in. Take care & keep safe Sharron 027 279 7966 www.safelet.co.nz
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A shower of small pebbles When I first arrived in Christchurch in the early 80s I lived in a flat in Montreal Street, about where the Art Gallery Power sub-station is now. On the ground floor where I was, there were two flats and a large one upstairs. Across the hall from me was a young lady who sported coloured – often lurid hair, tight jeans, leather jacket with studs and Bovverboots. For the benefit of this tale I’ll call her Michelle. She was a punk, a fad of the 80s and had friends of the same Ilk. Michelle and I got on quite well except when her and her pals used ‘substances’, then it all went pear shaped, the ‘gang’ could get noisy, they changed from a group into a mob. I often used to go out and leave them to their mischief. I could tell the level of the antics the next day with the circle an emblem of anarchy painted around the neighbourhood, usually heavy on the church next door. One Saturday night in particular comes to mind, I didn’t know that she was having a mob event and I was shattered out of my reverie with a loud banging on the door of my flat. ‘Come out and get your beans you coward’ the ring leader [I’ll call her Louise] was calling. With a lot of noise in the background telling me that it would be the usual 10 – 12 out there. I was not in the mood for a confrontation that I knew could only end badly … for me. I went into the room at the back and got my ‘mate’. I then went back to the door – still closed despite their best efforts. ‘OK I’m coming out’ I yelled. There was silence and I added ‘I’m coming out - but I have my mate with me’. Louise called back ‘Yeah bring him out — we’ll do him too’. The next sound they heard was the ‘click-clack’ of a pump-action shotgun being cocked. It was quite loud and the silence that had ensued was suddenly broken by a series of vulgarities, a few obscenities and various offensive words accompanied by the sound of running feet and a shower of small pebbles as they all took to their scrapers, not to be seen or heard again — all night. Apparently 10 – 12 against 1 is OK until the 1 is accompanied by a shotgun … If only they knew. Earlier in the day I had mopped out the bathroom and laundry. My sponge mop fell apart when I finished so I took the sponge part off. It was one of those mops with the sliding hand-grip up the handle. Man does that ever sound like a pump-action shotgun — try it some time. I never — ever had a problem with my neighbour again. Name with-held by Manager CNS Page 51
A glimpse at life at Nanortalik, Greenland
At the beginning of the 19th century my great great grandfather, a Master Mariner completed his seafaring apprenticeship in the seas around Greenland. As a genealogist I was keen to venture north and see a bit of this area in the present 21st century. This occurred on a recent northern hemisphere trip. The cruise ship M S Zuiderdam called into the cold waters off one settlement of Nanortalik, situated on an island at the mouth of the Tasermiut Fjord, at the southern tip of the Greenland landmass. The name Nanortalik translates to the ‘place of polar bears’ and was originally settled in 1770 by the Norse. In 1830 poor harbour facilities necessitated the settlement move 3 km north to its present site. Historically the sea has provided the main sources of income from crabs, seals and fish; recently tourism has added to the settlement’s income with regular summer ship shore visits. In contrast to the rest of Greenland, Nanortalik winters are relatively mild at -4oC, but summer temperatures are decidedly cool compared to settlements of similar latitudes however, humidity ranged in the 70s throughout the year. No organised tours had been made for the morning, therefore dressed in sufficient clothes to protect me from the elements, I had five and a half hours ashore to pound the streets with a camera and absorb life of the locals in the sunny but cool summer temperature of 7oC. Brightly painted wooden houses made up for the lack of colourful flora, the only exception to this was some green ground foliage and subdued tones of lichens. I saw just one 2m green conifer protected from the elements situated between a fence and a house. As a Community Patroller from the Riccarton Patrol I was interested to see that within this small population of 1,300 people, community law enforcement also had its place. A black Politi (Police) Volkswagen vehicle was parked outside the local bright blue wooden Police Station. International symbolic road signs have been modified and had a uniqueness all of their own e.g. the triangular permanent warning sign with the words ‘look out for children’ in Greenland the children carry school bags. Another change was the sign for public ablution facilities, which showed a male and female caricatures in distress, with full bladders! Unique international sign for rest rooms. Page 52
A glimpse at life at Nanortalik, Greenland
I located another community service, that of the local fire brigade, with the modern German Magirus fire engine standing outside the fire station bracing the elements. As I walked back to the quayside l was passed by a line of 11 young kindergarten children clad in boots, jackets and hats heading for class with their mothers. The walk had been a good morningâ€™s exercise, time had just disappeared as l soaked in the surroundings. As we queued for the tender vessel to head back to the ship, cups of hot soup or chocolate were served, which warmed the cockles of my heart.
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Uganda 2018 The Mountains of the Moon are a real place. They are the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains on the Uganda-Congo border, and my partner Christine has long wanted to go there. This year her wish became reality. As we flew into Entebbe, my thoughts strayed back to 1957 when, as a kid, I first looked out of a plane window onto this same landscape. It’s a lot busier now - but the people are still friendly, the landscape is still green, and the British-built dam at the source of the Nile still provides electricity for a sizeable part of East Africa. We met our Christchurch-based friend Alison and our driver/guide Deo, a trusted friend from our last trip in 2013, when we brought my Dad’s ashes back to be buried in the technical secondary school he started 60 years ago. This year our first stop was in the south-west. Rubuguri village is on the border of Bwindi National Park, home to most of Uganda’s mountain gorilla population. Moses Akantorana, a graduate who works in gorilla conservation, had persuaded us to crowdfund a reforestation scheme to benefit rural smallholders around Rubuguri, as well as fighting climate disruption by sucking CO2 out of the air. This time we saw the plantings, listened to the villagers, and promised to try to fund more trees. Next stop was Queen Elizabeth 2nd National Park, followed by the Rwenzori. The explorer Stanley travelled here for several months without once seeing the glaciers - it’s almost always cloudy and often wet. Chris and Alison headed up for their 5-day hike, while Deo and I based ourselves nearby. We paid an overnight visit to our friend Doreen at Miryante orphanage, where about 140 AIDS orphans and 30 Congo refugees live. Early pregnancy and AIDS are still major challenges in Uganda; education, especially for girls, seems to be a key part of the solution. The kids put on a night-time concert for us - despite everything, they seemed happy enough. With ongoing violence in Southern Sudan and the Congo, Uganda currently houses over a million refugees. Passing through Kyaka 2 refugee camp, I met a sad victim of these ongoing tragedies - a Congolese woman whose village had been attacked by militants. Her kids had disappeared and she had a massive machete wound to her leg. Nearby was St Francis Vocational College, where I saw students using knitting machines and computers generously donated by the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. When Chris and Alison returned from 4620m Weismann peak, we travelled north to Murchison Falls National Park. Idi Amin’s soldiers massacred much of the wildlife here, back in the ‘70s, but it has largely recovered. Then on to Gulu. Beyond that, the country was unknown to me. In recent years this area was terrorised by the criminals who called themselves the Lord’s Resistance Army, but now all is reasonably peaceful. Our destination was remote Kidepo National Park - a magic place, not just for the rich animal and birdlife, but for the landscape, with mountains rolling across the border into South Sudan and northPage 54
Uganda 2018 eastern Kenya. Traditionally, the local Karamojong people were enthusiastic cattle-raiders, and the availability of AK47s had made this a somewhat problematic area. However the Ugandan army now rules firmly so we felt safe. Except for the roads! The north is normally semi-arid, but unseasonable rains created a mud-bath. Even with 4WD we had a few anxious moments as we headed back south. We passed the striking peaks of Mt Moroto and Mt Kadam - good hiking country but rarely visited - and finally Mt Elgon, the enormous dormant volcano which rises to 4321 metres on the Uganda-Kenya border. This was now familiar territory from my childhood. 50 km further south lies Tororo, where I grew up. After visiting Dadâ€™s resting place and talking to current school staff, we headed back to Kampala to meet some of his old boys, now close to retiring after successful careers. The adventure was over, except for Tanzania and Botswana. But thatâ€™s another story. And yes, apart from funding our own tree-planting, we did offset the carbon footprint of our travel via www.carbonfootprint.com. For anyone interested, Miryante Orphanage is at https://miryanteorphanage.org/ And our reforestation scheme is at https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/reforestation-in-swuganda-phase-two.
Keeping safe from gambling harm Harmful gambling can have a significant impact on a person’s life, especially with their finances, their job and their relationships with a partner, family and friends. Other people can be harmed by someone else’s gambling too. It can cause financial difficulties for the whole family, an unhappy home life, domestic violence, alienation from family and friends, and crimes committed against employers or other people. A single person’s harmful gambling can affect five to ten people, and children are vulnerable when it’s their parent or other close relative. Young children can miss out on basic essentials if a parent has gambled away household money. Children are more likely to suffer physical violence or abuse if they have parents with problem gambling, especially when combined with other problems such as alcohol abuse. Pokie machines are the most harmful form of gambling. The majority of people who seek help for their gambling problems do so because of non-casino pokies (i.e. those found in pubs). At the Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF), qualified counsellors provide free, professional and confidential counselling for gamblers and anyone affected by someone else’s gambling. Asian Family Services provide free and confidential counselling, information and education in Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese. Mapu Maia provide counselling and support for Pacific families that need help with problem gambling. PGF also has a dedicated public health team working in the community to raise awareness about problem gambling and minimise gambling-related harm. Counselling is a private, confidential process and is free of charge to the gambler, their family and others affected by problem gambling. An experienced, qualified professional works with the client to help them find ways of coping that are helpful and lasting. Counsellors empower and encourage clients by working on what they want to work on, for as long as they need. A client is welcome to take along a support person to the counselling sessions. Support groups are run by PGF which can be helpful before, during or after one-to-one counselling, providing a supportive and confidential environment to reduce loneliness and isolation, increase self-esteem and confidence, actively manage relapse prevention and help others in their journey to recovery. If you, or someone you know, has a problem with gambling contact us: Phone 0800 664 262 Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.pgfnz.org.nz Asian Family Hotline Phone 0800 862 342 Mapu Maia Phone 0800 664 262 Page 56
Victim Support Victim Support New Zealand is an independent charity that provides support to those affected by crime, trauma and suicide. The service is free and available 24/7, 365 days a year. Victim Support works closely with Police and Neighbourhood Support to help victims not only cope with trauma, but to stay and safe and participate fully and fairly in the justice system. Every day people find themselves suddenly and unexpectedly the victim of a crime or trauma. It may be from a road or recreational accident, holiday tragedy, sudden death, family violence, sexual violence, homicide, burglary, serious assault, natural disaster, and more. They might be bereaved by suicide and need help. Victim Support provides immediate practical and emotional support. They ensure the victim has the right information for their decision making, has access to counselling or other specialist services, emergency grants and financial assistance, where eligible. They help liaise with authorities, Police and others, prepare victim impact statements, attend family group or restorative justice conferences, provide support through the court process and help the victim to regain control of their life through a terribly difficult time. The support is non-judgemental, independent and free â€“ and will continue for as long as the victim needs it. People may not know how they will react to a traumatic event, how they will cope in the face of grief and official processes. The Victim Support workers tailor their support to fit the needs of each person they support. Having an independent person helping you to cope when you might have suddenly been brought to your lowest ebb can help a person get through, restore their life, deal with Police and the Courts, and access many other important support and services in the community. Support is provided by highly trained volunteers and staff, and is available here in this area, but also nationwide, every single day of the year. Last year alone Victim Support responded to 35,000 call outs nationwide. Victim Supportâ€™s work in the community is recognised as an essential service, so is partially funded by government, with the remainder raised from community fundraising. Call 0800 VICTIM (842 846) for help. COULD YOU BE THERE TO HELP? To find out more about becoming a Victim Support volunteer support worker, visit www.victimsupport.org.nz or call 0800 VOLUNTEER (865 868). Page 57
Family violence - what can I do What can I do if I'm worried about someone? Research by the It’s Not Ok campaign found that there are two main types of people that can make a difference with family violence: • Helpers – people who reach out and directly help those involved • Influencers - people who condemn violence and encourage others to help. Helpers If you have a neighbour, family member or friend you think may be affected by violence, you can reach out and help them by: • • • • • • •
Listening without judging Telling them the violence is not their fault Asking them what they need Being there for support Giving information not advice Helping to make a safety plan Connecting them with a family violence advocate.
But what would I say to start the conversation? You could say things like: “Is someone hurting you?” “Are you afraid to go home?” “What can I do to help?” “The way you are being treated is wrong, violence is never ok.” Your help can make a difference. Influencers You can become an influencer for positive change! If you would like to help put a stop to family violence in your community you can: • Find out more about family violence • Take a stand – don’t tolerate or ignore violence • Talk about it – in your work, family, club, church • Lead by example – show what safe, healthy families look like • Get involved in community action to end violence. If you need help or would like to find out more about family violence, visit www.areyouok.org.nz or phone the information line on 0800 456 450 Page 58
Tough Love Many parents struggle when their children’s attitudes and behaviours change as they hit the teenage years. It can be a frightening and frustrating time and family life can end up revolving around dealing with the unacceptable behaviour of their pre-teens, teenagers, and older children. TOUGHLOVE supports parents to find caring and achievable solutions to help their teenager take responsibility for their actions. TOUGHLOVE’s aim is to help parents and their young people maintain their relationships. TOUGHLOVE Parent Support Groups meet weekly following a carefully planned structure. The group offers support from other parents dealing with unacceptable adolescent behaviour, and information on tools, new ideas and alternatives for working with the child/ teenager. Once in a parent support group, parents have access to support 24 hours a day, seven days a week (as crises don’t just happen during the day!). TOUGHLOVE can help with ideas for dealing with teenager use (or over use!) of technology, how to address an adolescent’s lack of motivation, deal with the pressure/arguing from a teen to get what they want, not coming home on time, disrespect and non-cooperation, and parents with different parenting styles and how to work together, or if a parent just wants to check out in this changing world of adolescence and what is fair and realistic. TOUGHLOVE is not a parenting course. Dealing with adolescents is a bit like standing on sand, the ground is always shifting under your feet, and different strategies and approaches suit different families. There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ answer. Research has also shown that time-limited courses improve parenting skills but only for a limited time. Without reinforcement the ‘usual’ parenting style is often reverted to. With TOUGHLOVE parents can stay as long as they want. Some parents stay for 6 to 10 weeks to get the basics of the programme and others stay to make sure that new skills and approaches are sustained, for ongoing support, to get more techniques and ideas, and if the issue with the teenager has been ongoing for some time, it can take more time for things to resolve. TOUGHLOVE also offers one-off interactive workshops with parenting tips for parents with pre-teens or teens. These one and a half hour seminars are generally co-hosted by a high school or community group and cover things like learning how to step away from arguments; disentangling our responsibilities from the teenager’s (do we as parents even need to be involved with this issue?); and looks at conflict and manipulation and ideas on how to address these. The seminars are also an opportunity to learn more about the TOUGHLOVE parent support programme. TOUGHLOVE is a community based not-for-profit and a registered charity. Contact TOUGHLOVE on 0800 868 445, email on email@example.com or see our website at www.toughlove.org.nz Page 59
CanTeen CanTeen supports young people when cancer turns their world upside down and helps them cope with the physical, emotional and practical impact of living with cancer. We’re here for 13-24 year olds at every stage of their cancer journey, whether they’re dealing with: • having cancer themselves • a brother, sister or parent being diagnosed with cancer • the death of a brother, sister or parent. We provide funding for counselling and individual assistance, as well as peer support programmes and services to help our young people thrive in life after cancer. CanTeen is also there to advocate for our young people, helping ensure their voice is heard and empowering them to speak up for themselves. CanTeen believes that the best people to support young people living with cancer are those who have ‘been there, done that’. We provide a relaxed, friendly, and fun environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared with other young people whose lives have been affected by cancer. With 14 regional branches across New Zealand, CanTeen ensures there is support nearby for all young Kiwis living with cancer, because we believe no young person should go through cancer alone. Here is what some of our members say about CanTeen: “CanTeen has helped me in so many different ways. CanTeen has developed my confidence, self-awareness and leadership. It has helped me deal with grief and undesirable circumstances to result in a positive outcome.” “I am so much more confident. I feel like I’m not alone. I have friends. I have life skills. I have a greater respect for people who seem different.” “CanTeen has given me the opportunity to meet friends that understand and support me through the toughest times. It provides me with a second family and I don’t know where I would be without it!” With no government funding, CanTeen relies on the generosity of the New Zealand public and local businesses to continue supporting over 1500 young people on their cancer journey. If you want to learn more about our services, ways you can donate or you’d like to become a volunteer, please visit canteen.org.nz. You can also follow us on Facebook for regular updates. Page 60
Citizens Advice Bureau
Is your neighbour’s behaviour driving you crazy? Before you start a neighbourhood war, put your diplomat’s hat on and have a nice talk with them. “When it comes to problems with neighbours, a touch of diplomacy can go a long way,” says Neil Lancaster of Citizens Advice Bureau. “Whether you’re being kept awake every night by noisy neighbourhood parties, their tree is blocking your sun, or the dog from next door uses your lawn as a toilet – it’s always best to discuss the problem with your neighbour first and try to come to a compromise. They may not even know there’s a problem, and be quite willing to sort it out. When we see people with “problem neighbours”, we usually ask whether they’ve tried talking to them. If they have and it hasn’t been successful, we can help them work out where they stand with their particular situation and what their options are.” If you’ve tried negotiating with your neighbour and they won’t budge, you may have to consider taking further action – and you’ll need to know what your rights are if you do. For example, when it comes to neighbourhood noise, you can contact your local council to find out what (if any) noise restrictions apply in your area. If you complain to your local council they can send a noise control officer to assess the situation. They can issue a notice asking the neighbour to reduce the noise if it’s deemed excessive or unreasonable, and non-compliance could result in confiscation of the noise-making equipment (such as a stereo or jackhammer). Similarly, if you are bothered by constant barking from a neighbour’s dog, you can complain to your council and they can send a dog control officer to investigate. But try to work it out with the dog owner first, because drastic action (such as having the dog removed by a dog control officer) is sure to ruin any goodwill that you might have with your neighbours. “If you have a problem with something that your neighbour is doing, and you haven’t been able to sort it out by talking to them, come and see us at Ara (formerly known as CPIT), Fendalton Library and Hornby Library. You could also phone us for free from cell phone on 0800 367 222, or send us an email. We also have information about neighbourhood problems on our website www.cab.org.nz.” Page 61
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How safe is your home? Complete this survey â€” reduce your risk of being burgled Doors and Windows 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Are all locks to outside doors either dead locks or strong bolt locks? Can door locks be opened by breaking a window and reaching through? Can internal doors be locked? Are all locks in good working order? Do you lock the internal door from your garage? Can you account for all copies of keys to your home? Are window locks properly and securely mounted? Do you keep your windows locked when they are shut? Do you use locks that allow windows to be secured partly open?
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Do you notify neighbours when you go on holiday? Do your neighbours collect mail and circulars when you are on holiday? Do you stop deliveries of newspaper when on holiday? Do you have shades up and lights on when on holiday? Do you use timers on lights & radios to make it look like you are home? Do you arrange to keep lawns and gardens in shape? Are you a member of a neighbourhood support group?
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lock your garage door at night? lock you garage when you are away from home? have good secure locks on the garage doors an windows? lock your car when it is parked in the garage?
21 Do you have sensor lights around your house? 22 Are shrubs and bushes well trimmed near your house and borders?
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Have you recorded all serial numbers and stored them away from home? Have you uniquely marked valuable items (etch or invisible)? Do you have a description of valuable property? Have you displayed a sign that items are marked for identification? Do you have an alarm? Have you displayed a sign stating that your house is alarmed? Do you report suspicious activity or people to Police immediately? Do you know not to disturb anything if you are burgled, just to call Police?
Every "NO" shows a weak point and may help the burglar. Every "YES" improves your protection. Page 63
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Contact information Neighbourhood Support Canterbury Canterbury Office Phone: 03 420 9944 Barbara Brothers (Office Administrator) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Postal Address: C/- PO Box 16794, Hornby.8441
Elissa Smith (Junior Neighbourhood Support Co-ordinator) Email: email@example.com Dave Wilkinson (Manager) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Websites: www.nscanterbury.nz This website for general information about Neighbourhood Support Canterbury. www.christchurch.getsready.net This website to register or amend your groupâ€™s information. Both websites are linked.
Ashburton District Christine Richards c/- Ashburton Police Station P O Box 34 Ashburton 7740 Phone: 03 307 8410 Email: email@example.com
North Canterbury Tracy Doe Neighbourhood Support North Canterbury PO Box 5, Rangiora Telephone: 027 383 0166 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.northcanterbury.getsready.net Page 69
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Hint for Co-ordinators â€“ put your name last on the list, that way it should come back to you when it has done the rounds of the group. Page 72
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Return to P O Box 16 794 Christchurch C/- Hornby Police Station, Christchurch I am interested in joining my local Neighbourhood Support Group Name Address Suburb/City
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Return to P O Box 16 794 Christchurch C/- Hornby Police Station, Christchurch I am interested in joining my local Neighbourhood Support Group Name Address Suburb/City
PTO Skills?? - ie First Aid etc.
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