Canterbury Eye on Communities, Winter 2017

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Contents From Dave’s Desk Junior Neighbourhood Support

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A Timely Message For Us All


District Crime Prevention


Phillipstown Neighbourhood Policing


The Joys of On-line Purchasing


The Christchurch Fire


Neighbourhood Fire Safety


You Never Know When….?


Operation Snap




Protecting Yourself Against Scams


Volunteers Needed


Red Cross Hazard App


Community Patrols


The Lighter Side of Life


It Could Happen!


During A Visit To My Doctor...


Civil Defence Household Emergency Checklist


Civil Defence Household Emergency Plan




Are You As Ready As You Think You Are?


How Safe is Your Home - Survey


Family Violence - what can I do


Important Contact Numbers


Neighbourhood Support Contact Information


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About Neighbourhood Support

History Neighbourhood Watch was introduced to New Zealand as a crime prevention initiative in the late 1970’s. 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 establishment of small cells of households known as a “Neighbourhood Support Group”, 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 man-made or natural disaster affecting residents.

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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 ďŹ nance 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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From Dave’s Desk Hi Everyone, Since our last publication things have certainly kept us busy. I think the biggest story would have been the fire on the Port Hills and the effect that had on those living in the area affected directly or indirectly at the time. Acting on information from the Police Media Centre we were able to send text messages and emails (depending on the urgency of the information) to those of our members who had registered their cell phone numbers with us on our Gets Ready network. Over 3 days when the fires were at the worst we sent over 1,400 text messages and nearly 14,000 emails, ensuring information given to us was passed on to members as quickly as possible.

Dave Wilkinson Manager Neighbourhood Support Canterbury

Sadly the Gets Ready developer, Dave Askin, lost his nephew Steve Askin in a helicopter crash whilst fighting the fires. Life can be so cruel. The new version of Gets Ready has been rolled out with some testing still to be done. A lot of work had been done behind the scenes prior to the roll out but as with most things not all the boxes get ticked and any issues are sorted out after launch. We are always looking for feedback to pass onto our Web Mad team who have done a great job. Whilst the Gets Ready network is a great tool, the old fashioned way of getting to know and interact with your neighbours is still the best, over the fence or out on the footpath. Face to face beats a keyboard or iPad any time. You do not have to live in each other’s pockets but knowing your neighbours prior to any event happening that is serious (man-made or natural) is streets ahead of finding what you can do for each other should the proverbial hit the fan. Prior to the September and then the February earthquakes we had over 2,000 neighbourhood support groups. We lost over 700 of those groups from the residential red zones, a huge hit! Early May we have 1900 groups where some are in new subdivisions and others resurrected groups from existing areas. Either way we are rapt with the steady growth in membership over the past 3-4 years. Reasons for setting up or resurrecting groups have been quite varied. Some because of crime in the area, or being ready as a group should disaster strike and sometimes a combination of both.

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From Dave’s Desk More groups are getting all their members’ details into the Gets Ready network as it means that should we have to urgently email or text members with an issue, the co-ordinator does not have to pass on this information. Where we have only the co-ordinators contact details then this falls to that person to pass on the information. We realise that some groups and the members who belong to those groups only want their contact information held by the co-ordinator. We respect that but realise information may not get to those people should the co-ordinator be away or indisposed. If the issue is one of security of information I am happy to speak to members about this. In the meantime stay warm and dry and look forward to Spring.

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Junior Neighbourhood Support It is always a pleasure to go into to schools and work with children. Children have a natural ability to be positive and to connect ideas and people together, making them and their community beneďŹ t in many ways. That is why the Junior Neighbourhood Support Programme is so exciting and varied. Every school and community has so much going on and many points of difference. This year we welcome Rawhiti and Mount Pleasant schools to the Junior Neighbourhood Support programme, along with Addington, Belfast, Bamford, Bromley, Beckenham, South New Brighton, St Teresa’s, Waltham and West Spreydon who continue to participate. Each school has chosen their JNS leaders for the year who are appointed in an assembly and quickly begin to look at their school and neighbourhood and see what they can do to make it more safe and friendly. Among the schools, I have the leaders focusing on such important topics as checking school survival kits, smoke alarms and identifying an offender. Another school has an interest in pet survival kits. Helping each other, in the playground and helping teachers, has been built into a relay like game at one school and I am really keen to see the results of that. Other leaders are getting to know the safe routes to walk to their school and encouraging school students to use them so students are more likely to walk together. Many leaders focus on their environment, keeping it rubbish free, building pride and knowledge of what is around their schools- there are so many endemic birds around South New Brighton. I have received many nominations already this year for children who have done something over and above what is normally expected of them and has really helped another person or their community. If you have any experiences with a child from any of the participating schools that you feel would be worthy of an award, then please contact the school, our office, or use the website to nominate that child. Regards

Elissa Smith, with the JNS leaders from West Spreydon School in their JNS Tee-shirts.

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A Timely Message For Us All From a prevention perspective the biggest issue we still face is that people are still not locking either their vehicles or houses. Police urge you to lock both even if outside gardening or if going to the shops for a short period of time. This will ensure that both opportunist theft doesn’t occur and it also makes it difficult for thieves looking for perceived soft targets. Please also remove your valuables from vehicles overnight, this includes coins from the console and “Nav Mans�. Acting Inspector Paul Reeves.

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District Crime Prevention We would all agree that preventing crime from occurring in the first instance is far better than investigating it afterwards. In many regards the Police have long been the ‘ambulance at the bottom of the cliff ’ picking up the pieces after the crime has been committed. In recent years Police has had an increasing focus on prevention. Our targets of reducing offending has seen Police look closer at how we do our business to ensure we take every prevention opportunity available to us. The Police strategic plan for this is called the Prevention First Model. There are only four strategies operating within the police, they are the Prevention First Model, Turning of The Tide, which is a strategy focussed on better outcomes for New Zealand by working in partnerships with Iwi, Safer Journeys, a strategic plan to reduce and prevent road trauma on our roads and finally Wellness and Safety, which has a focus on looking after our staff and our people. The Prevention First strategy features in all the other strategies, recognising the prevention work needs to wrap around our whole business. The Prevention First strategy works in partnership with many other agencies by targeting the drivers of Police demand, ensuring that Police deploy to beat demand and looks at the mind set of our staff and ensuring that we have a prevention focus when dealing with all crime and incidents. Police recognise that neighbourhood support has crucial in this role. It is the information of the public that assists us doing our job every day. This is not new to Policing, and in fact this was recognised by Sir Robert Peel in the 19th century. Sir Robert is quoted “that the police are the people and the people are the police”. He recognised that effective Policing required community consent. It is evident that the community itself plays a large role in the prevention of crime. It is for these reasons that we monitor the level of trust and confidence the public have in the Police on a regular basis. This is a strong indicator of how effective Police are in our roles. The current trust and confidence level is about 80 percent. While this is very good compared with many other countries, our aspirational goal is to improve. Our Police mission is to be the safest country. At present we are recorded as being the 7th safest country in the world. It is the interaction between the public and Police that can improve on this standing, particularly through such groups as the Canterbury Neighbourhood Support that assists in this. Police support the growth of Neighbourhood Support and community spirit, and I thank you for all the work you are doing in this area. Tony Hill District Prevention Manager.

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Phillipstown Neighbourhood Policing As the Phillipstown Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) Sergeant I recently had the privilege of meeting a small but passionate group of Phillipstown Neighbourhood Support Coordinators. The meeting was to discuss some recent crime trends in the area and identify any issues or problems that residents were experiencing. What was quickly established was that for these residents crime was only a small part of the issues they are facing and what they felt was the sense of community in the area was declining. Issues such as littering, graffiti, noise complaints and high number of renters in the area all contributed to the feeling that the area was unsafe and there was no community spirit or pride in the community. While the Police have a crucial role in decreasing crime which can assist in ensuring the community feels safe, a positive community spirit must come from the residents and it often needs a group of community champions to lead the way. Whatever community you reside in be proactive in the community, get to know your neighbours, set up neighbourhood support groups and report any issues such as graffiti and littering to Christchurch City Council immediately. Often it is only a small minority causing the problems and as a collective group you can have the most impact. “Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community”. Anthony D’Angelo Phillipstown is a great community to be part of and to Police, it has a lot of amazing people and opportunities for the residents. Go out and explore and you will find the historic Edmonds gardens, playgrounds for the children, plenty of places for a cuppa and activities and courses at the Phillipstown Community Hub. As the winter months are approaching and the nights are getting longer I will take the opportunity to remind you to be vigilant with your property and not get complacent. Ensure that you remove valuables from your cars and lock them even if they are in the driveway. Don’t leave your bikes outside and lock your garages and tool sheds. If you have items of value record the make / model and serial numbers and record them in SNAP

Safer communities together Mike Kingston Sergeant Phillipstown Neighbourhood Policiing Team

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The Joys of On-line Purchasing Deb Smalley Isn’t the stuff you can buy from the comfort of your own home computer just fabulous? How does one fill in the entire evening if not seeking the best price for a dairy cow one-sie or rubber bats from England? Yes, I have done that. There are pitfalls for the novice however as I have learned. Reputation & Ranking: Trade is great – we have bought puppies, horses, cows, cars & boats to name just a few purchases. Our account is in the blokes name and linked to his email address so I have been sternly warned about stuffing up his trading reputation. He will be very cross if they take away any of his ranking stars by his name. Worse still, someone could give him the dreaded frowning face feedback! He doesn’t care when I personally give him the frowning face so why should he care if a stranger does it electronically? Perhaps I could auction him. ‘Unwanted household member – worn components, sometimes leaks fluid and no longer responds to voice commands’ Bidding: When it comes to bidding the bloke has a ‘system’ which he is very serious about. He believes that you must not show any interest in the bidding process until the final minute before the auction closes. He feels ambush gives a psychological advantage and the other parties are more likely to throw in the towel rather than compete. I‘m not a believer, I just do it to keep him happy. Be careful to avoid the adrenaline driven bidding frenzy as paying $400 for a toaster is a real danger. It all comes down to how badly the other party wants it and more importantly – are they stupid? Some people are very happy to pay more for second hand than the original purchase price. Daft! The Watchlist: Can someone explain to me why the bloke insists that he is not interested in a new boat however every time I look at the watch list there they are – a pile of boats? He loves all things nautical and the page often gets jammed up with life preservers, ships wheels and old oars etc. On the other hand I like household items and horse equipment. If the National Intelligence agency ever break into our computer they will rapidly decide we are homely pirates who are into bondage. Alcohol: Once while drinking wine with a friend I admired her lovely Cowgirls boots from America. After several glasses we decided to get on line and order some for me too. The first surprise came the next day when a nice email thanked me for my order and Page 19

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The Joys of On-line Purchasing I realised my intoxicated currency conversion was way short of the mark in NZ dollars. The second surprise was an identical email which thanked me for a second order of the same item. Oh Shit! I must have pushed the ‘Buy Now’ button twice. A few expensive telephone calls to Wichita, USA finally resolved the matter. Ooops Problem ordering: My whole family recently went to Whitsunday Island on holiday. Island prices are high but food and alcohol can be purchased from the main land online. We all had terrible problems with the damned website crashing for Cole’s supermarket. Days were wasted and every imaginable swear word was used as our departure date loomed. I gave up and went to the little IGA site instead which had very few choice options. By that time I didn’t care if all that arrived was a box of turnips just so long as my wine order came too. It all worked out except my brother accidentally ordered 12 kilos of chicken pieces instead of 2kgs so his week’s menu was pretty boring. It could have been much worse, imagine trying to dispose of 12 kilos of cheese for example. I asked the bloke what he thought of the draft for this article and he replied that it wasn’t very funny so I’m off now to write that Trade Me listing for him and I’m going to set the reserve price real low. So ‘Add to Cart’ folks and Happy Shopping.

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The Christchurch Fire

The fire near Christchurch Adventure Park on Thursday morning. Photo: RNZ / Joelle Dally

“What a remarkable brotherhood of men and women to which we all belong” - New Zealand Community Patrols.

Members from all over New Zealand offered to travel to Christchurch to help in our ‘Hour of Adversity’. This was an awesome gesture that was gratefully received. Thank you, but that is not enough, because you will all never know just how much it was appreciated. The ‘Special Patrol Brief, Christchurch Fires and Response’, was able to sooth the locals’ sufferings with the extra manpower.

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The Christchurch Fire Riccarton Community Patrol (RCCP) hit the road at about 9.30am on Thursday 16th February 2017 after logging on with Christchurch Communications and the District Command Centre. We were directed to the Cashmere area, with the brief of checking the homes in the area and reporting anything unusual. With that in mind, we methodically patrolled the streets of the Cashmere Hill suburb, looking for people who did not fit the area. Then we moved on to the housing area above and behind Princess Margaret Hospital carrying out the same mission. It was here at the end of one of the no exit streets that TV cameras were set up sending live broadcasts to the nation. At this point we too were able to get the perfect view of the tragedy that was unfolding before us. However, we could not stop for long as we had work to do at the Cracroft, Westmoreland and Kennedys Bush suburbs. Many of the home owners on the lower flat areas at that stage were still in residence, with their garage doors open, their bags packed and the car ready to go at a moment’s notice. The relief of having someone check on their wellbeing was all too obvious. The tension lit up like a rotating beacon as they chipped away at a garden weed that was not there in the first place, or cleaned a window for the umpteenth time. Kennedys Bush had been totally evacuated. It was here that we were about to earn our keep. Even in the daylight hours there was a weird feeling of a vacuum as we drove around checking the properties in this totally human-less suburb. Whilst there, a spot fire reignited across the gully from the houses, and was getting larger and larger by the minute, so the 111 system was put to the test. I say that because our call was answered by the Palmerston North Fire Communications Centre, who naturally knew nothing about the suburb of Kennedys Bush. However, their magic computer soon gave the operator a picture of where we were and the location of the fire. We told the operator that it was a helicopter job; five minutes later two arrived, with the addition of a fire truck and water tanker. After six to eight chopper runs, that part of the fire was extinguished. This was not the case for those on the main fire front; the gruelling back breaking task had only just begun in earnest and would continue on for another ten days. The fire drained the resources of many organisations, particularly fire and police, who imported personnel from all over New Zealand- all of whom had to be housed and fed. What a logistical nightmare! Volunteer Fire Fighters had driven their fire truck all the way from Rotorua. This crew was just one of the many who arrived from far off places within the country. For the Christchurch Community Patrols, every member did what we all do best, patrol the streets of Christchurch. Whilst the Police are away, the criminals come out to play, targeting houses of the everyday working people. Our personnel were there supplementing the police resources to reduce that crime rate.

Well done people. RCCP day patrol- logged off around 4.30pm. All in all we had an eventful day, which would continue with a crew change well into the late evening hours.

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Neighbourhood Fire Safety By Mhairi Flett An estimated 1645 hectares of Christchurch Port Hills were affected by the February fires. The question now is how can we be proactive in reducing the risk of this happening again? Planting back quickly and correctly is crucial. Prior to human habitation in New Zealand, fires were relatively rare in the lowlands of the eastern South Island. Tall forests and woodlands with trees hundreds of years old grew across the plains and Banks Peninsula. These native forests were damp and this is the type of ecosystem we need to recreate for a more resilient, fire-proof environment. This can only be achieved in a co-ordinated effort with landowners, local government, DOC, ecologists, sociologists, fire experts, NGO’s and other stakeholders. It is essential to choose very carefully what to plant in the form of fire-resistant indigenous species. For example, native to the peninsula and known to have fire-resistant qualities are the Five-finger, Poroporo, Lancewood, Ngaio and Broadleaf. Also found naturally in the area, The Tree Fuchsia (Kotukutuku), was sometimes called the “bucket of water tree” in the colonial past, because it proved so difficult to burn. The Summit Road views and tussocks can still be protected with a mixture of strategic planting, controlled grazing and sowing of seeds along with years of careful tending but we may have to forego some of the golden flanks of tussock and curtail the regeneration of incendiary pine, gums, gorse and broom. It will take many years for the plants to grow and to reach their full effectiveness as a green firebreak but it can be done.

So what can we do in our neighbourhood? We can reduce the risk of fire damaging or destroying our homes by creating a defensible space or safety zone ranging from up to 10metres to 30metres. Here are some simple tips for your priority zone maintenance:

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Neighbourhood Fire Safety • Convert remaining vegetation to less fire-prone species. • Thin and prune vegetation away from the immediate area of your home. • Store firewood, building material or other combustible debris piles away from your home – at least 10 metres during the fire season.

Priority zones 2 and 3 • Create environments that will not support high-intensity fires in the crown of closely spaced trees and high shrubs. • Thin the forest canopy by removing whole trees so that the crowns do not touch. • Remove over-mature, dead or dying trees. • Thin the understory trees to reduce the chances of surface fires climbing into the canopy. • Prune all large trees and remove all branches at least 2 metres from the ground. • Remove trees and overhanging limbs that are close to power lines. • Get rid of slash from the pruning promptly. • Replace highly flammable plants with those that are less flammable.

Roof: • Remove overhanging branches. • Remove branches within 3 metres of your chimney. • Clean all dead leaves and needles from your roof and gutters. • Clear thick vegetation within 10 metres of windows.

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You Never Know When….? It was always a priority, something I had always planned to do, but somehow it never made it to the top of the priority list. Something more important always seemed to come along. Having a current up to date First Aid Certificate with CPR skills was a priority for me as a Teacher. There was always the opportunity to use this knowledge and skills in the playground and inevitably at school camp. Even now as a retiree and busier than ever, revising my skills never quite made it to the top of the priority list. However that was all to change with one simple phone call from NHS. This was just the prompt I needed - the opportunity to update my knowledge and skills and so end my procrastination. As it happens, this is a good time to be updating my skills. I am happy to announce that CPR is no longer as I remember it. Thinking back it was not an easy exercise. Remembering all those steps in the procedure, what to count, how many, and when, while under pressure in a stressful situation, without on-going practice was not as simple as it sounds. Thankfully some bright spark must have shared my view and has put their talents to good use coming up with a new device – the modern AED or Automated External Defibrillator. So advances in technology in the field of health and medicine have come to my aid and produced this modern updated mechanism. But this AED is not just a machine. It has in fact been designed to operate as a very reassuring partner to guide me in the delivery of the CPR procedure, dictating the process step by step. I now have a supportive friend, a guide on the side, with me all the way. Speaking to me it guides me step by step through the procedure:• D - DANGERS - Ensure the safety of yourself, others and the patient. • R - RESPONSE - Check response using voice and touch. • S - SEND - Send for help. Call 111 and ask for Ambulance. • A - AIRWAY - Tilt the head back and lift the chin. • B - BREATHING - Look for normal breathing. • C - COMMENCE CPR - If not breathing normally. Place two hands in the centre of the chest. Push down HARD and FAST 30 times, then give 2 breaths. Continue until the Ambulance arrives • D - DEFIBRILLATION - Attach an AED (defib) if available and follow the instructions.

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You Never Know When….? This whole procedure is now just so simple and straight forward. The AED voice guides me reassuring and removing any fears that I, the practitioner, might have about engaging in the delivery of the procedure. Ah but now, I have also discovered even more new technology to assist me - St John now has a CPR mobile App for my I phone - check this out – It features • adult, child and infant CPR and AED tutorials • Maori and simplified Chinese • a timer that beeps and vibrates to keep your chest compressions consistent. • the ability to dial emergency services directly from the App • step-by-step CPR and AED videos. So for me attending the course was a win win - I not only updated and refreshed my skills but I now have an increased knowledge of all this new technology available to assist and support me, the practitioner, in the Community. I wonder -- How many others are aware of this new technology? Formerly I had paid little attention to the location of the AED in the community. However now when visiting a mall or out to coffee or dinner with friends or family at a hotel or restaurant I find myself casting my eye around searching for the sign indicating the location of the AED on site.

Are you aware of the locations of the AED units in your Community? CHECK-OUT --- Here you will find a map of your Community showing the location of the AED machines. You never know when you might need to use an AED. I found it very reassuring to see there are several machines in my Community - close and readily available should they be required. AND SO the modern AED has made the CPR procedure simple and straightforward. If you are procrastinating like me – I urge you to take the step, give it a go. This new technology will certainly give you the confidence to “give it a go “ --So make the most of the “Golden Hour” -- seize the opportunity

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Graffiti Programme Marian College and Cathedral College Clean Up Day

On Saturday 1st April 2017 as part of the Caritas Challenge, 12 students and two staff from Marian College and Catholic Cathedral College teamed up with the Christchurch City Council Graffiti Programme to complete a community service project. This involved the removal of numerous graffiti vandalism incidents to the nearby Liquorland site on the corner of Madras Street and Fitzgerald Avenue. The Graffiti Programme provided students with paint and other resources which took them approximately three and a half hours to complete. The Manager of Liquorland was so pleased to have the tagging taken off her building and adjacent fence that she provided morning tea for the students. The pizzas went down a treat! This project provided the students with the opportunity to see the difference they could make and to see how much Liquorland appreciated their input, to the extent that the students are keen to do more graffiti removal work. The Christchurch City Council Graffiti Programme team thank both Marian College and Catholic Cathedral College for their support in contributing to our goal of “reducing the impact that graffiti vandalism has on the residents and visitors to Christchurch City�. Page 35

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Graffiti Programme If any individual, group, business or school would like to contribute to beautifying our city, please contact us at or 941 8999. To report any graffiti vandalism incident that requires removal, please report via any of the following methods: Email Council app: Snap, Send, Solve – Free from google apps Report via our web site Telephone 03 941 8999. If you are interested in receiving the Graffiti Programme’s bi-monthly newsletter, please contact us at or 941 8999.

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Operation Snap

With today’s huge growth and popularity of new technology, items like mobile phones, i-pads, plasma screen TVs and games consoles are an attractive target for criminals. And, as they are often easily disposable, there is a market out there for those who are willing to pay for these stolen goods. But as long as there are still people willing to purchase ‘suspicious’ goods out of the car boot or the back of the pub carpark, then criminals will continue to steal them. We want to eliminate this trade in stolen property. One simple and effective way to help prevent this is the increased awareness and use of serial numbers, which helps protect your items and ensures people do not unwittingly get involved in dealing stolen property.. The key purpose of the website is to provide an easy to use secure storage area for details about your legitimately purchased commodities for three key purposes: • To enable easy retrieval of serial numbers by the owner of any stolen property to assist Police in the identification of the property, and where recovered, enable its return to the legitimate owners; • To enhance the identification of property noted in the Police National Intelligence Application (NIA); and • To recover stolen property and identify offenders. It means that if you do become a victim of property crime, you can access the serial number details, anytime, anywhere from the internet and provide them to Police as soon as possible. While Police does not look at the SNAP database to try to match property, it uses its own intelligence system for the information which has been provided to us by a victim. Police encourages people to store details of their property on the SNAP website and has also been distributing window stickers which warn potential thieves that the details are recorded as a deterrent. By raising awareness of the importance of serial numbers, we hope to better inform people who deal in secondhand goods, as well as those buying them. If looking to buy secondhand goods, look out for serial numbers which could be an indication the property is stolen. If a serial number is damaged or missing, be suspicious and question the sale.

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Phone (03) 302 8115 • Fax (03) 302 9040 Email: nzof Web: www.southpaci

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SIGNS SIGNS SIGNS Something that often gets overlooked in our busy lives is something that we may walk, cycle or drive past every day. What is it? The street signs that are placed at either end of a Neighbourhood Support street group to indicate that the area is a Neighbourhood Support Area. I’m sure many of these signs have been up for several years (before my time) and may be faded, damaged or missing altogether. When this happens they are of no use and can indicate to a potential criminal that Neighbourhood Support is no longer active and neighbours may not be watching out for their neighbours. What I would like to do is have an audit of where signs are needing replaced but I need your help with this task. First of all, how are your Neighbourhood Support signs looking? Check the state of your signs and if your group requires new street signs please let me know. Neighbourhood Support street signs are provided free of charge when a street group is set up, or a damaged, faded or missing sign is needing replaced.

Christine Richards Ashburton District Neighbourhood Support Coordinator C/o Ashburton Police Station Telephone (03) 307 8410 Email:

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Protecting Yourself Against Scams There are so many scams – how do I spot one? The commonest scams include emails asking you to send money to a friend or organisation, letters saying you’ve won a prize, or calls or visitors saying your computer needs fixing or your house needs painting. They’re run by people trying to steal money or get your information. If a stranger tries to sell you something, beware. If an offer sounds too good to be true, or sounds weird, it’s almost certainly a scam. A bank or Inland Revenue will never contact you to ask you to confirm your password, credit card or account details.

How can I protect myself? Scammers can sound very plausible. So it’s best not to give any information about yourself to strangers – especially on the phone, at your door, or on your computer. Put the phone down, close your door, or delete the email. Genuine businesses won’t put pressure on you. They’ll be happy to prove who they are. They’ll let you speak to a manager, and they’ll give you time to consider what you want to do. Check with your relatives or friends if you’re not sure whether something’s a scam.

How can I protect other people? Tell relatives, neighbours or the police if you think there’s a scammer around. The Scamwatch website has a list of the latest scams: Concerned about your privacy? Phone 0800 803 909 or email

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Volunteers Needed ASHBURTON TOWN WATCH SOCIETY INC WE URGENTLY NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS Business and homeowners – are you aware that your businesses and homes are being protected? Are you genuinely concerned for the safety of yourself & family members as they travel to and from Vports functions, friends & family functions etc in the evenings and late at night? Do you wonder who is lurking about your property while it is unattended? Our group of volunteers actively patrol all businesses, schools and residential areas of Ashburton every Friday and Saturday night acting as eyes and ears for the Police. WE URGENTLY need more members to help with this essential service as our numbers are low at present and we do not want to let the people of Ashburton down by not being able to fill our roster each weekend. If you are able to spare a few hours on a Friday or Saturday night once a month, please contact either of the following for an application form or further information. Police clearance is required. Russell Stockdale – Ph: 308 6012 or 027 5746 822 Owen Brewster – Ph 308 1635 or Page 45


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Volunteers Needed ASHBURTON TOWN WATCH SOCIETY INC Ashburton Town Watch was set up on 8th March 1985 by members of the local CB and 4 wheel drive clubs following concerns of the increase in violent offences being committed and the willful damage being done to the businesses and residential areas of our town. We are affiliated to both Community Watches of Canterbury and the National body Community Patrols of New Zealand with representatives attending regular meetings. The first patrol went out on 6th May 1985 with members initially using their own vehicles and patrolling the streets on Friday & Saturday nights. Shortly after this the Watch was lucky enough to be offered the use of the Community Council car which was housed at the Police Station each weekend. In December 1994 with the help of a grant from the Kiwanis a car was purchased for the Patrol and hand held radios supplied by the Ashburton Trust for our use. This car was replaced in 2002 and again in May 2007 and October 2010 and is fully equipped with alley lights, flashing beacon and GPS system. In November 2001 a garage was built to house our car at the Ashburton Police station with donated materials and the grand sum of 10c being paid to the NZ Police for the site. Our organization gives the members of the Public a unique opportunity to do something positive in the area of crime prevention in the Ashburton community. The patrols act as eyes and ears for the Police from whom we get excellent support and have on a number of occasions been asked to do extra Patrols for special events such as the Methven Rodeo, & Big Air Event when there is likelihood of damage being done to parked cars etc and also on occasions where there is increased foot traffic. Page 47

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Volunteers Needed Patrols usually begin around 9 to 9.30 pm and continue through till around 3am depending on how busy the town is and what specific tasks we are asked to do by the Police. The duties of patrol members are purely of an observational nature acting as eyes and ears for the Police from whom we get excellent support. No actual Police work is carried out by our members, except in special circumstances where they are specifically requested to assist by sworn Officers of the New Zealand Police. Town centre alleyways, school grounds, business premises and residential areas are checked on throughout the evening and if we come across anything or anyone acting suspiciously our first duty is to contact the police. Patrol members do not put themselves or their property at risk and therefore do not leave the vehicle unless specifically asked to by a member of the police. If there are any unsavory people lurking about, windows broken or an alarm activated, we are often the first on the scene to protect your property until the Police or Security firm arrives. The same route is never patrolled on each shift as obviously that gives everyone an idea of where not to be at a specific time and there is a definite advantage in carrying out random patrols in both daylight and the hours of darkness throughout the week. Stationary patrolling is also very effective as it is often easier to hear sounds with no motor noise. We have been fortunate to have members of the Ashburton Rotary Club working as a community project as a second member with us on a Friday night for the past 5 years and have really appreciated their help but unfortunately this project has now come to an end. We travel an average of 11,400 ks each year with around 90 ks being travelled per shift. Ashburton Town Watch relies mainly on donations for the running expenses and maintenance of our car. Page 49

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Red Cross Hazard App

Neighbours can now prepare together and respond together by using the Red Cross Hazard App Waimate District Council Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) is now issuing public alerts via the Red Cross Hazard App. The Hazard App is a free life-saving app for smartphones and tablets. The app helps you identify, prepare and respond to hazards in New Zealand. The app is pre-loaded with information about hazards including oods, earthquakes, tsunami, ďŹ re, weather, epidemics and biosecurity risks. The Hazard App enables you to receive official emergency warnings and alerts according to your location or the locations of your friends and family. Download the New Zealand Red Cross Hazard App (free) from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store: Hazard App. Follow this link on managing the alerts you receive: Waimate Civil Defence recognises for many older members of the community, or for where cell coverage is poor that the Red Cross Hazard App is not always appropriate. This is where neighbours, friends or family can help by downloading the app onto their phones and have a plan to support those around them if they receive emergency alerts on their phones. For further details, contact: Hilary Botting, CDEM Coordinator, Waimate District Council, 03 689 0000

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Community Patrols Well I can’t believe six months has passed since our last article and we are into the fifth month of 2017. Since starting here in Christchurch I have been busy recruiting new volunteers onto our Community Patrols and have had a fantastic response. So far this year we have had over 100 new volunteers join the Patrols here in the Canterbury region and over 45 of them have been potential Police applicants. Of the total new patrollers 43 are from different ethnicities other than New Zealand European or New Zealand Maori. This has boosted the patrol numbers especially in the Christchurch area quite significantly and put some of the patrols under pressure to cope with the increase in training required. However on the upside it has allowed some Community patrols to increase the number of patrols per week and has changed the makeup of some of the patrols who now have many younger members. Overall, the initiative has been very well received and been a win-win for both the patrols themselves and the new volunteers. Some of the benefits for the volunteers especially our new migrant volunteers is to increase their skill base, assisting them with their English, helping them to get to know their communities better as well as building new relationships and networks. Also, our relationship with the police is improving and as the communication lines become clearer, the trust and confidence is growing. With the increase numbers required in the police over the next few years this should allow a steady flow of potential new volunteers lining up to join our patrol groups. Having more diversity in our patrols means our communities are a better representation of our people who live in the community and ensuring we are all made to feel safe whilst boosting trust and confidence. I would especially like to thank all the patrols for embracing this new initiative and to all the trainers who have so kindly made themselves available to get our new volunteers trained and fully affiliated members of CPNZ. It has been huge increase in workload for all concerned however the short term pain with be well worth the long term gain I am sure. The old saying ‘many hands make light work’ is very true in ensuring the patrols have many committee members to take up the extra workload. Introducing new technology and developing better systems within our patrols will be the key for success in the future in being a professional and effective organisation. Once again our Canterbury Community Patrol Committee together with the Police organised a South Island Training Day which took place on Saturday 17th June 2017. This was open to all community patrol members and free to attend the training. Members enjoyed a dinner afterwards. For anyone interested in joining a patrol please contact either myself (helen.todd@police. or go to the CPNZ website and complete the application form. Be safe and take care out there. Regards, Helen Page 53

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The Lighter Side of Life A group of seniors were sitting around in a coffee shop talking about all their ailments. “My arms have got so weak I can hardly lift this cup of coffee,” said one. “Yes, I know,” said another. “My cataracts are so bad; can’t even see my coffee.” “I couldn’t even mark an “X” at election time because my hands are so crippled,” volunteered a third “What? Speak up! What? I can’t hear you,” said one elderly lady! “I can’t turn my head because of the arthritis in my neck,” said one, to which several nodded weakly in agreement. “My blood pressure pills make me so dizzy!” exclaimed another. “I forget where I am and where I’m going,” said another. “I guess that’s the price we pay for getting old,” winced an old man as he slowly shook his head. The others nodded in agreement. “Well, count your Blessings,” said a woman cheerfully “thank God we can all still drive.”

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It Could Happen! Arriving home, a husband was met by his sobbing wife. Tearfully she explained, “The Chemist. He insulted me this morning on the phone. I had to call multiple times before he would even answer the phone.” The husband drove down to confront the Chemist to demand an apology. Before he could say more than a word or two, the Chemist said “Now, just a minute mate,hear my side of it.” “This morning the alarm failed to go off, so I was late. Without breakfast I hurried out to the car,to realise I’d locked the house with house and car keys inside. | I had to break a window to get my keys.” “Driving a little too fast, I got a speeding ticket. A bout three streets from the store, I had a flat tyre.” “When I finally got to the store a bunch of people were waiting for me to open up. I started waiting on these people, all the time the damn phone never stopped ringing.” “Then I had to break open a bag of pound coins against the cash register drawer to give change, and they spilled all over the floor. I had to get down on my hands and knees to pick up the pound coins and the phone was still ringing.” “When I came up I cracked my head on the open cash drawer, which made me stagger back against a showcase with bottles of expensive perfumes on it. Half of them hit the floor and broke.“ “Meanwhile, the phone is still ringing with no let up, and I finally got to answer it.” “It was your wife. She wanted to know how to use a rectal thermometer.” “And believe me, mate, all I did was tell her.

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During A Visit To My Doctor...

During a visit to my doctor, I asked him, “How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in an old age home?” “Well,” he said, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub.” “Oh, I understand,” I said. “A normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup.” “No” he said. “A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?”

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Civil Defence Household Emergency Checklist

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Civil Defence Household Emergency Plan

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Are You As Ready As You Think You Are?

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safe is your home? How SafeHow is Your Home - Survey Complete this survey 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?

Garage 10 11 12 13

Do you lock your garage door at night? Do you lock you garage when you are away from home? Do you have good secure locks on the garage doors and windows? Do you lock your car when it is parked in the garage?

Holiday 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

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?

Environment 21 Do you have sensor lights around your house? 22 Are shrubs and bushes well trimmed near your house and borders?

Safe Practices 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

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 identi cation? 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?

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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. or phone the information line on 0800 456 450

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Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2017

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Important Contact Numbers Doctor School Police

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Neighbourhood Support Canterbury Neighbourhood Support Contact Information Office Phone: 03 420 9944

North Canterbury

Glenda Burt (Office Administrator)

Tracy Doe

Elissa Smith (Junior Neighbourhood Support Co-ordinator)

Neighbourhood Support North Canterbury

Dave Wilkinson (Manager) Email address: Websites:

PO Box 5, Rangiora Telephone: 027 383 0166 Email address:

This website has general information about Neighbourhood Support Canterbury.


Sue Jenkins and Nicola Ogden

This website to register or amend your Group’s information.

Selwyn District Council

Both websites are linked. Postal Address: C/- PO Box 16794, Hornby 8441

Phone: 03 347 2800 PO Box 90, Rolleston 7643 Email address: or

Ashburton District Christine Richards c/- Ashburton Police Station P O Box 34 Ashburton 7740 Phone: 03 307 8410 Email address: Page 72

South Canterbury Rob Coleman PO Box 507 Timaru Telephone: (03) 687 9802 Email address:

Neighbourhood Support Canterbury

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