Wednesday March 28, 2018
Flasher targeting children By Nicholas Pointon
A Ngaio mother wants the police and local school principals to attend a community meeting to address the recent spate of incidents where a man has exposed himself to children. The mother’s daughter was a victim of an incident that took place on the corner of Cockayne Road and Punjab Street earlier this month. Two similar incidents were reported to the police between February 27 and March 4. The mother who has called for a community meeting is a former nurse who has worked in psychiatric hospitals. “I am aware that there are a lot of mentally unwell people out there in the community who have nowhere else to be. So, I do not know how much you can do other than raise awareness.
“The police and principals [in the Western Suburbs] could hold a meeting in the town hall and say ‘look we know it’s not pleasant, we know it’s distressing for the kids, but actually the statistics for these people say that [flashing] is all they will ever do. “That could reassure some of the scaremongering that’s been going on.” Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee says that the police would be open to a community meeting to reassure parents. “We acknowledge that any report of incidents of this type would be concerning to parents, but we can reassure the community that we are taking these matters very seriously. “The community can expect to see an increase in police patrols in the area while the investigation is ongoing.”
The corner of Cockayne Road and Punjab Street was the site of an incident earlier this month where a man exposed himself to two young girls. PHOTO: NICHOLAS POINTON
Walking the water talk Jobs for disabled The Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni and Minister of Employment Willie Jackson have welcomed the launch of the new Employment Support Practice Guidelines: How to support disabled people to get the job they want. The New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) brought together representatives from the disability sector, provider groups and government agencies, says Carmel Sepuloni. She adds that the guidelines were an essential
‘how to’ guide for supporting disabled people into work, based on what’s been shown to work best. “Disabled people bring fantastic talent to their employer’s business or organisation and work enhances their mana, financial security and quality of life,” Willie adds. Carmel says, however, that despite all the great work, the unemployment rate for disabled people is more than double the rate for non-disabled.
New owner at Karori New World takes community to his heart
Councillors Peter Gilbert, Jill Day and Malcolm Sparrow. PHOTO: Supplied
Northern Ward councillors Peter Gilberd, Deputy Mayor Jill Day and Malcolm Sparrow, who is the council’s portfolio leader for community resilience, were “walking the talk” at the Johnsonville market earlier this month. They are pictured with one of the 200 litre water tanks that the council is advocating households buy to ensure they are independent of external support in the crucial days following a major disaster such as earthquake. Malcolm is so committed to this initiative that he buys the tanks himself and sells them on at $110 – just $10 above cost price, which is donated to community groups. The three Northern Ward councillors go out four or five times a year to local
supermarkets to sell them to the public. While the tanks are also usually available at the Southern Landfill and the Porirura Service Centre, he says purchasers do need to ring to check they have a supply. “It can be a half day trip to the landfill to pick one up and that has to be done in business hours,” he says. Malcolm holds a supply at his own home and people can arrange to pay and pick them up from him, which can be done in the evenings and which saves a long round trip. “And I do have a supply at the moment.” You can contact Malcolm by email at email@example.com to organise your tank.
Chirag Patel, the new owner-manager of Karori’s New World supermarket, arrived from Auckland just six weeks ago and started in the store two weeks later. He’s already decided, despite his previous commitment to a career in Auckland supermarkets, that he’ll never go back. As well as the four minutes it takes to walk to work, he says the community is just so appealing to him and his wife Chaitali. They have a fifteen-month-old son Niam and Chirag says their family already feels very privileged to be part of the community. “And there’s such great staff. That’s been commented on so often already.” He’s emphatic that he wants to build on the great feeling in the store. He’s already redesigned the customer walkways to make it easier for them to track through to the checkouts without having to go right round the store if they don’t need too. The produce has been put at the front to give a market feel and there’s an additional chiller for specialty cheeses, pre packed salmon and other specialty lines. The on-site butchery, with its skilled butchers in store, means that all the fresh meat is processed and packed on site. “And they can do specialty cuts if you want.” There’s also a new fridge for free range and new products. His support for community groups is drawing admiring comments – that was clear at his first Karori community meeting just after our interview. There’s the One for One promotion for example, where you buy a selected product and the store will
Chirag Patel: Here for the community.
donate one to a local charity on your behalf. This fortnight it’s been the Karori Bellyful organisation. “In the first three days we’ve sold 300 cans.” That shows community support as well. “It’s really encouraging.” His generous support for the Karori Foodbank, with any damaged or almost out of time stock, was also noted. There’s a 12-week long promotion going on where three lucky winners can win the value of their groceries back. “If that goes well there might be more in the coming months.” Other organisations are already being supported too – St Teresa’s movie night was just one and Chirag has many more already lined up. Chirag’s unfazed by nearby competition. “It keeps us on our toes.” It also means his customers choose to shop at New World. “We don’t take that for granted. We’re really serious about food and really serious about quality too.” PBA
Independent Herald 28-03-18