Thursday October 22, 2015
Residents warned “lock it or lose it” Police are warning residents to “lock it or lose it” after a recent spate of thefts from vehicles. Eight incidents of thefts from cars were reported on Friday October 9, 12 on Saturday October 10 and a further four thefts on Sunday October 12. Police said these thefts were largely attributed to one offender. A 25-year-old man was charged in relation to the offences and has now appeared in Wellington District Court. Detective Sergeant Richard Gibson said thefts from vehicles were a “curse on our city”. “People seem to underestimate just how quick and opportunistic thieves are. “You can literally turn your back for a moment and that is enough time for them to smash your window and take whatever you have left in plain view.” Mr Gibson said cameras, sports gear or spare change left in cars was an “open invitation” for thieves. “The inconvenience to you to report it to police, make an insurance claim and eventually replace the item, just isn't worth the risk,” he said. Mr Gibson said police had a strong message for offenders. “Crimes involving theft from cars is a high priority for us. We are committed to investigating every case, identifying every offender and holding them to account.” How to deter would be thieves: • Lock your car. Consider installing an alarm. • Take all valuables with you. If you must leave them in the car, lock them in the boot out of sight. • Park in well-lit areas.
Flamingoes flock to Island Bay By Nikki Papatsoumas
Island Bay residents may have noticed a flock of 20 pink flamingoes perched in their neighbour’s lawn. The hot pink birds have landed in the suburb to help Island Bay Kindergarten with their latest fundraiser. Island Bay mum and fundrais-
ing organiser Kate Scott said the flamingoes had settled into their new home in Island Bay for the kindergarten’s community spirited, fun, family fundraising initiative. “Over the next five weeks, the flamingoes will flock to kindergarten families’ homes and local businesses. “You won’t know when they
are going to arrive at your house, you’ll wake one morning and they’ll be on your front lawn. Kate says the kindergarten is asking families ensure the flamingoes move on from their property by making a ‘flocking donation’. “Families can also pay a premium to choose which family gets flocked next. Or buy insur-
Children from Island Bay Kindergarten with their new pink feathered friends.
ance so that they don’t get flocked at all. “We are also hoping local businesses and Island Bay celebrities will want to be flocked.” As well as this, every $5 donated, puts locals in the draw to win a number of fantastic prizes, Kate says. She says the fundraiser has so far created a “real buzz”. “It’s a nice way to lead into Christmas and get the families to know each other a little better.” All money raised will go towards completing the kindergarten’s outdoor playground project. As well as this, the kindergarten is selling a 2016 calendar, made up of photos of Island Bay, taken by locals. The calendars are being sold at the Koru Hub and the White Room Gallery in Island Bay. They can also be purchased from the kindergarten. For more information and to sign up to join in, go to: www. fundraisingflock.co.nz
Safer alternative this Halloween By Nikki Papatsoumas
The Salvation Army in Kilbirnie will once again host its annual Light Party this Halloween as a positive alternative to trick or treating. The theme of this year’s event is ‘All Star Light Party’ and kids are encouraged to dress up as their favourite sports stars. The event, which is hosted by the Salvation Army in Kilbirnie, will be held at the Kilbirnie Recreation Centre, Major Jeannine Serevi says. “For parents, at any other time of the year you say don’t take lollies from strangers. “Clearly there are people out there in the community that are not safe for kids to be around.
We think providing a safe environment is something that is really good for the community. “This way kids can come and have heaps of fun. They will still get lots of lollies and treats.” There will be a bouncy castle and slide, loads of sweet treats, a sausage sizzle, face painting and prizes for the children to win. Jeannine says thanks to the generosity of the local community the evening is completely free. “It has always been free and our aim is to always keep it free.” She said donations would always be welcomed. All Star Light Party, Saturday October 31 from 5pm to 8pm at the Kilbirnie Recreation Centre.
Jeannine and Joe Serevi with some of the treats children can expect at this year’s Light Party.
THORNDON – CITY FRINGE CLASSIC 2/3 BEDROOM COTTAGE
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