Canterbury Eye on Communities, Winter 2019

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Develop a baseline awareness into recognising some of the human behaviours that often proceed criminal or violent acts. Learn from former intelligence and special forces soldiers to identify threats from people that conceal their intent by blending in with the local population. We will show you what to look for and how to look for it.

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About Neighbourhood Support Message from the editorial team All ships, all ships, all ships Junior Neighbourhood Support Bevington Street marks its 10th Anniversary Good neighbours are like gold Being a good neighbour South Canterbury Neighbourhood Support’s new co-ordinator

25 A safety message from Selwyn District 27 A message from North Canterbury 31 The importance of tool engraving 33 Operation Whakahaumanu

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Moving on


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Off the wall

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How safe is my information?

City to Sumner Community Patrol’s 25th anniversary

Keeping safe from gambling harm Staying safe in dangerous situations Gets Ready – about looking out for each other How safe is your home? Civil Defence evacuation plan Make a household plan Important contact numbers 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 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 “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 manmade 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 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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All Ships, all ships, all ships A few years ago I was helping a mate shift a couple of rental vehicles to Auckland. As there is a piece of water called Cook Strait in the way, I had to take passage on one of the Bluebridge vessels. The service was great; back in the day when the vessels only took the drivers of the vehicles being carried, a great truckie’s meal and pretty much free run of the ship was part of the deal. I found the bridge and watched proceedings. I couldn’t get over how small the ship’s wheel was - smaller than a car steering wheel. We were only a short distance from the entrance/exit to Cook Strait when on channel 16 came this message. “All ships, all ships, all ships, this is HMAS Sydney entering Tory Channel”.

He then said “time to test the warship’s crew on naval history” and promptly radioed the crewman on the aft deck to dip the ensign. Then back to me “let’s see how long it takes to get a reaction”. A few seconds later a hatch on Sydney’s port side opened and a sailor ran to the aft of the ship and dipped their ensign. The helmsman filled in my lack of knowledge on what had just transpired. Back in the day when Pontius was a pilot, smaller warships dipped their ensigns to larger warships as a sign of respect. Merchant ships had to dip their ensigns to all warships but that ceased years ago. Some merchant ships today still dip their ensign as a mark of respect. I find history interesting, especially when you dig down to find out why things are done. ARRRGH Jim Lad.

I asked the guy on the bridge (helmsman) what that was all about and was told it was standard procedure for ships entering or leaving Tory Channel to warn other vessels in the area, as it was a bit of a squeeze if two large vessels got there at the same time. Not long after HMAS Sydney hove into view and I remarked that she was a guided missile destroyer, ie no gun on the fore deck. To which the helmsman replied “you know your Grey Funnel line”.

Dave Wilkinson Manager Canterbury Neighbourhood Support Incorporated

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It offers you future living skills for a healthier lifestyle and a new approach to making consumer choices. Waimakariri District’s residents can download the learning guides to find eco-building design or house renovation suggestions, see how to make their homes healthier, drier and warmer, and reduce their power bills (among other sustainable actions). To register on-line go to click on the link for “Waimakariri” and then on “sign up for access to the Sustainable Living study guide”.

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Being prepared for any situation Being prepared for any situation can only be a positive thing. At any one time there are a number of threats to a community and understanding the components of threat will better the likelihood of a proactive response and a potentially better outcome. A recent survey revealed that one such threat people feel underprepared for is terrorism. Terrorism can be defined as the ‘unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims’. The one common denominator across all terror groups and acts of terror is violent or criminal intent. The weapons used are variable (interchangeable) and the means of the attacker is variable (interchangeable) – it is intent that drives criminal behaviour. Police rely on community support groups as their ‘eyes and ears on the ground’ to help them prevent threats to the community.

are to practice street awareness and prevent threats to the community, says former Defence Force risk management consultant, Halo Training’s Tony Groves. One such tool is situational awareness – the perception of environmental elements and events with respect to time or space. By being situationally aware, there is less potential for threats to go undetected. For example, people-watching while waiting in line at the bank, on your coffee break, during your daily commute and grocery shop are all excellent contexts in which to practice situation awareness skills. Halo Training is a full-spectrum leadership consultant and training provider. Based on the team’s experience as military battle group intelligence specialists, Halo Training is in an excellent position to help people be mentally prepared to lead by example through all types of crises.

If we can better prepare these support groups in knowing what behaviour(s) to look for and how to look for it, then we are better positioning our communities for a positive outcome.

They have researched and developed their programme around positive reaction and response as well as how to improve survivability before an event.

The better the tools people are given to be street aware, the more likely they

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Junior Neighbourhood Support I would like to share with you and celebrate what I observe in schools today that gives me confidence in the social future of New Zealand. Many school rewards recognise students for their soft skills and showing school values that relate to caring, trying, being responsible, honesty, showing empathy and taking action. I envisage that what they learn from Junior Neighbourhood Support adds to this, engaging them with their community and understanding roles and responsibilities to be a great citizen.

to learn the words and actions from watching the senior students. There is a lot of respect, care and trust built from this musical culture. I was at this school for lockdown after the tragic events on 15 March and this respect, care and trust worked its magic in that hard time and the children were amazing and calm. I encourage you to get a strong culture in your street groups, whether it be BBQs, visiting each other, sharing produce, waving and greeting by name every day. Develop the respect, care and trust so that in hard times you all are prepared to get through.

These skills can be learnt and used by all students regardless of talents, previous experience, social economies or age. In the hard times our city has faced, we see these skills coming into action, and that’s how we get through. At times everyone is having their own hard time and again someone with these skills can be there to help. The JNS programme acknowledges the children using their soft skills to help others, presenting them with awards at school assemblies or through the focuses actioned at the school.

Elissa Smith Co-ordinator Junior Neighbourhood Support

JNS is in a school that promotes a strong musical culture - the whole school sings together with even the new entrant children fully equipped Page 11

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The definition of vaping is the act of inhaling smoke-looking vapour from an electronic cigarette or vape device. Vaping simulates smoking but in a less harmful manner. A flavoured nicotine liquid called e-juice is what’s in a vaporiser, but not all e-juice’s contain nicotine. The user decides the flavour and amount of nicotine they wish to use, if any at all.

Bevington Street, Avonhead - 10th Anniversary By Pam Templeton

This year we will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of our group.

We have been very fortunate in using Malcolm’s large backyard that has plenty of space for our gatherings.

We are proud to still be going strong and to know each other much better.

At the beginning, we had name tags to help introduce each other, but now there is always a buzz of recognition as people arrive.

Neighbourhood Support Canterbury gave great support to set up the group. After the initial meeting, two people volunteered to be the co-ordinators. They set up the current co-ordinators rotation system. Each year one co-ordinator stands down and a new one comes on board. This means that everyone shares responsibility for the group and are more willing to take on the co-ordinator role as it is only for a short time. Each year we have two get-togethers, one in November and one in February. Generally, one is an afternoon tea while the other is a barbecue. People bring food to share on both occasions.

As we began meeting a year before the first earthquake, we had begun to connect with each other and were better able to look out for others and give help as needed. Neighbours have supported each other through tragedy and we have celebrated engagements, birthdays and even a 60th wedding anniversary. We are privileged to have people with diverse cultures and languages, and are able to support those who are still learning the English language. Over the years, our meetings together have fostered a real sense of community with people supporting one another in many ways. Page 13

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Ashburton District - Good neighbours are like gold This is a personal story that I would like to share with you. My husband and I live in a suburban cul-de-sac with our three legged ex-stray cat. We knew our next door neighbours – a young couple with two primary age children - by sight, to wave and say hello to, but that was about the extent of it. Out of their family tragedy we became very close neighbours and even though they have now moved, we are still firm friends and will be for life. Sadly, Moro, one of their cats, was hit by a car and died from his injuries. The person who found Moro’s body put a post on Facebook with a description of him and the location where he was found. I read the post and immediately had the sinking feeling that it was Moro.

Because our neighbours’ contact details were on the Neighbourhood Support street list, I was able to contact Roz about what I had read. She went to where the cat had been placed wrapped in a towel and confirmed that it was their beloved Moro. Roz knew Moro was missing, but didn’t think too much of it, as he was a free spirit. Needless to say the family were heartbroken at their loss, so we gave them as much support and acts of kindness as we could muster. We gained so much from getting to know our neighbours on a whole new level - spending time with them, celebrating special times, sharing food and supporting each other. And the bonus is that we now have two more grandchildren to add to our brood of 10! It just goes to show me two things: • That good neighbours are like gold and can enrich our lives immensely • Out of a tragedy beautiful and long- lasting friendships can develop.

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Ashburton District - Being a good neighbour Good neighbours are an important part of living in a community A good neighbour is: • • • • •

Considerate and respects people’s rights and privacy Tolerant and understands that people have different ways of doing things Concerned when something is wrong and does something about it Responsible for the actions of their families, guests and pets Law abiding and reports illegal activity to the Police.

Talking things over when there are problems, listening and trying to come to an agreement that works for everyone. Most problems can be solved by talking about them.

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A safety message from Selwyn District New Zealand has been rocked in a way we’ve never seen before. I refer to the mass shooting in Christchurch – focused on those who are different to us… whoever ‘us’ is?! There’s been a wonderful counteraction to hatred and many of us, perhaps most of us have experienced, personally, the deep caring and love of standing in solidarity with those who are more recently Kiwis than most of us. We’ve seen neighbours being neighbours in very special ways. Gets Ready’s online tools grew out of the awful Canterbury earthquakes and the need to know stuff about our neighbours. Things like specific needs, special skills and helpful resources. When our community was shaken and thrown about I thought of my Uncle needing power for his oxygen pump, people needing high ropes skills to sort broken chimneys on big old houses, and front-end loaders to put water tanks on towers again. There were our local needs, skills and resources. Gets Ready maps locations and puts people in touch with each other in powerful ways. Back in 2016 Civil Defence’s director, Sarah Stuart-Black, honoured the tools with a Director’s Award. Neighbourhood support groups around

NZ continue to join up – Wellington is the latest to start using Gets Ready. Now it seems the heart or foundation of Gets Ready’s tools continue to support neighbours being neighbours. This was what we needed in this most recent of tragedies. Gets Ready strengthens the aim of Neighbourhood Support through each street group being more connected, particularly to those new to the street. Barbeques and gatherings will continue to be a special way of being Kiwi together. Perhaps after these tragedies we will exercise greater care to ensure those new comers are invited and able to share in our feed together… by making it clear that pork and bacon are not part of the menu – or at least one BBQ is devoted to food that is fully acceptable. Out of hatred and tragedy good is happening. This week we here in Darfield will celebrate that kind of meal with a class full of those learning English as a second language. One of our women has lost two friends and two others injured. Neighbourhood support really does have a strong place in our communities. Go, then, and be a great neighbour to those near you. Cheers, Dave Askin Page 25

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A safety message from North Canterbury What a busy few months we have had. 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 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 Facebook, due to the way it reads what you want to see, doesn’t pop up on the feed with critical information and 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. By Tracy Doe Co-ordinator, North Canterbury Neighbourhood Support Page 27

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North Canterbury - Know your neighbour • Hey neighbour over the fence - do not be a stranger • Let’s talk, let’s share. Make our street safe remove any danger • Say hello, collect my mail, keep an eye on the place • Great neighbours we are as we embrace all culture, creed and race • Be there for each other, sharing contacts and your time in need

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Tool engraving Throughout the year Police recover thousands of dollars worth of stolen property when conducting Search Warrants. Power tools are a hot commodity traded amongst the criminal fraternity. They are readily obtainable and easy to on-sell. Often these recovered items end up in the police auctions because we have no way of identifying them so that they can be returned to their rightful owners. Police are keen to shut down this black market trade and encourage ‘tradies’ (builders, electricians, plumbers etc) to be more vigilant around protecting their property. A market only exists when there are buyers. Seeing items being sold on social media sites at cheap prices immediately sets off alarm bells and should be reported to the Police. By engraving their tools with their Driver’s License number, which is unique to the person, significantly reduces the opportunity for these items to be stolen. It also means if police recover these items they are able to be returned to their rightful owners. Ensuring valuable tools are not left on building sites and securing the vehicles storing these items also reduces the opportunity. Ways in which tradies can do this are by: not parking these vehicles on the street

overnight, ensuring the vehicle is locked and ideally secured in a garage or up a driveway out of site from the street. Sensor Lights, audible alarm, steering locks, a dog or video surveillance are all good crime prevention measures to discourage would-be thieves. This may seem like a lot of measures to take, but to wake up one morning to find your tools, or worse still, your vehicle stolen is a very costly exercise, not to mention the inconvenience of not being able to continue working. In recent times Police have attended most of the trade store promotions, such as tool sale days or trade breakfasts, to offer a free engraving service. This has been well received by all parties attending these events and our Community Patrol partners are also willing to visit construction sites to assist in engraving tools. Community Patrols are a voluntary organisation who assist police in many crime prevention activities. It is good to see some of our tradies have taken measures to prevent them being victims of crime, but unfortunately this is often only after they have suffered a previous loss. If you are interested in finding out more about this service, please do not hesitate to contact: Helen Todd Canterbury Safety Patrol Coordinator ( Page 31



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Moving On By Deb Smalley

Regular readers may remember that our lifestyle block has been for sale for some time. Just when we had decided to give up and withdraw from the market the damned thing sold! Six weeks to pack up and move out.

Some 24 hours before possession and tempers were getting a bit short. I love cleaning kitchen cupboards and ovens at midnight… doesn’t everyone?

A few weeks prior was when the bloke injured himself running the Buller half marathon and ended up hobbling around in moon boot. A helpful contribution! He knew he was in hot water and kept his head down.

We ended up taking the last boxes out of the workshop as the new owner was moving his stuff in. We each jibing the other about how much ‘crap’ we had.

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You need the strength of an Ox, the stamina of long distance runner and the patience of a saint. I’m not qualified - I only have stubbornness and bad language.

• 90 percent of those who have offered to help will be busy on the day.

Our systems clash - I want an orderly system when packing. I like the contents of boxes to fit neatly like a jigsaw puzzle. I like labels and marker pen descriptions like ‘Bathroom’ and ‘Fragile’ - Mr Bloke likes speed and not too much thought. His system is freestyle chaos. He can move and stack boxes like a champion, but does he know where anything is – No!

I have noted down some ‘Rules of Moving House’ for future reference.

• Cooking is for fools and overachievers during the moving process.

• You cannot have too many cardboard boxes and packing tape. • You will never be able to find the knife to cut the packing tape. •

The cheese grater and your electric toothbrush will never be seen again – they now exist in a parallel universe. Blame the bloke.

• It is perfectly normal to seriously consider divorce while moving house. There were no breakages and no major arguments. No husbands were harmed during the relocation operation and I’m calling that an amazing success! Page 37


Buyers and sellers of Recycled and New Building Materials and Joinery

Get materials to go at Musgroves Musgroves is an established part of the Canterbury building industry, supplying recycled and new building materials and joinery to tradies and diy-ers. Known for its quality recycled products, Musgroves stocks an extensive range of reclaimed building materials at its yard at 3 Musgrove Close, Wigram Christchurch. With 1.3 hectares full of building products, manager Sue Brown says, “Most people can find exactly what they need for their project, but if they can’t the team at Musgroves are happy to keep their eye out until the right product comes in.” She says, “People visiting for the first time are often surprised at the quality of the products along with the huge range available.” Buying at Musgroves not only gives access to a diverse range of products, including many rare finds, but using recycled products is also cost-effective and good for the planet.

Hours: Monday to Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 8am-4pm.

Musgroves extensive range of new and recycled building products includes: • Timber, including tongue and groove and character timbers • Cladding • Landscaping products • Roofing materials • Doors • Windows • Kitchens, including benchtops, cabinetry, sink inserts and compete kitchens • Bathroom and Laundry, including baths, hand basins, toilets, vanities, showers, bathroom fittings • Heating and Insulation products, including character fireplaces • Homeware and Hardware. Along with quality recycled products Musgroves also has an increasing range of unused products including: • Home insulation • Gypsum plasterboard • Corrugated iron • Plywood • Timber. Many of Musgroves products are listed on their website, making it even more convenient for clients to find exactly what they are looking for. Plus, they run regular specials at the yard and on the website.

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Leadlight Door Transformation You won’t see a better example of front door recycling. Here’s some before and after pics of a leadlight door at the moment of purchase at the Musgroves yard and later in all its post-metamor-phosis grandeur. Check out Musgroves for all your building material needs! From flooring to roofing and everything in between.

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1. Gloria Brown and Alan Christie cutting cake. 2. Allan Bain, Helen Todd, Helen Mulis, Darryn Perfect. 3. Receiving long service certificates (From left) Pat Owen, Helen Todd and Ray Adams.

The City to Sumner Community Patrol celebrated its 25th anniversary on Sunday, 19 February with a lunch at the Cashmere Club.

the Patrol and thanked the patrollers for their efforts.

Both patrol cars were parked at the entrance and the room was decorated with blue and white balloons and streamers. Chairman Allan Bain welcomed over 40 patrollers, invited guests and partners, spoke on the history and successes of

Alan Christie thanked Allan for his commitment as Chairman over many years and two terms.

Long-time patroller Gloria Brown talked about how she became involved and the Patrol’s early days.

Certificates were presented by Helen Todd, Police Community Officer, for 20+, 10, 5 & 2 year’s service, and Gloria & Alan cut the anniversary cake.

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New Brighton and Districts Historical Society & Museum The New Brighton and Districts Historical Society & Museum is housed in the old Saint Enochs Church built in 1915s. There are photographic displays and memorabilia of New Brighton and the surrounding districts of bygone days: The old Pier; the New Brighton Trotting Club; the Champion Surf Life Saving Clubs; the Aranui Speedway and Commonwealth Games at QEII. We also have items from a former well known shop in the area displayed along with the Mayoral Chain when New Brighton was a Borough, along with photos of the first South Island Saturday shopping. Experience what it was like to travel to the beach and wear only black and blue neck to knee swimming gear while dressing in an overcoat or garment to leave the beach for modesty. See the donkeys and mules you could ride at the beach and the games played in the old Pier Arcade. In days gone by, New Brighton increased in population as soon as the tramline was extended to the beach in 1887. There was a Beach School three years later. In 1891 the New Brighton Improvement Association was formed.

Tree planting had been undertaken on the city reserves there as early as 1883. The pier was in the course of construction from 1889 to 1894. For a time, small coastal steamers used to set passengers ashore here. In 1896 New Brighton was proclaimed a Borough. Its area was then 1,500 acres. A very strong community had developed as there were now many permanent residents. Besides those who worked in the district or nearby, there were now residents who went by tram or bicycle to work in the city. The population in 1901 reached 1,008. Come along and enjoy the memories. On Monday’s at 1.30pm we turn ourselves into a movie theatre to watch the famous actors of old, then from Tuesday to Sunday we are open from 1-3pm. New Brighton and Districts Historical Society & Museum 8 Hardy Street, New Brighton. Page 43

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Keeping Safe from Gambling 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. Counselling is a private, confidential process and is free of charge to the gambler, their family and others affected by problem gambling. If you, or someone you know, has a problem with gambling contact us: Phone 0800 664 262 Email or visit

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Smaller people or the elderly obviously present less of a physical threat, but not wanting to be rude makes you even more vulnerable to violent crime. It is better to experience mild guilt at driving away from a potentially legitimate request for help or not opening the door than being attacked.


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Gets Ready - It’s about looking out for each other 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.

What are the advantages being registered in Gets Ready? You can be alerted very quickly if a boil water notice is issued for your specific water supply. You can receive a flood warning if you live near a river. You will receive warnings relating to severe weather. Emails and text messages can be sent to keep everyone advised about local issues of concern i.e. burglaries in your street. Join now to receive emergency alerts and warnings.

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Gets Ready - Your neighbourhood will become more connected and a safer, friendlier place to live. Privacy We’ve settled on zero information sharing with the public. The public see nothing of the information relating to people in Gets Ready. A household can join — indeed you are encouraged to join and then those community members who have agreed roles in Gets Ready, who look after your area, can see the information you share to allow you to assist in an emergency or be helped in an emergency. There are two kinds of people in a Gets Ready system. 1. The public, who join, but have no role in Gets Ready and they are called members.

Your details may be shared with emergency services, if needed, but otherwise we will not give your details to anyone else.

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2. Those who join and become street or area contacts. They have roles, often working alongside emergency professionals during an emergency.

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Based on the information available, and my knowledge of the area...” Do I need to evacuate?” If the answer is “YES”... Do you have a place to go? How will I get there?... Will I take my vehicle? Will transport be provided?, Will I have to walk? What do I need to take with me?

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Neighbourhood Support Canterbury Canterbury Office Phone: 03 420 9944 Barbara Brothers (Office Administrator) Email: Elissa Smith (Junior Neighbourhood Support Co-ordinator) Email: Dave Wilkinson (Manager) Email: Postal Address: PO Box 16794, Hornby 8441 This website for general information about Neighbourhood Support Canterbury. This website to register or amend your group’s information.

Ashburton District Christine Richards c/- Ashburton Police Station Postal Address: P O Box 34 Ashburton 7740 Office Phone: 03 307 8410 Email:

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