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Saint Teresa’s eco-friendly fair One of the highlights of Saint Teresa’s eco-friendly fair has been the little amount of landfill waste generated principal Mary-Angela Tombs says. “I was surprised, and feel proud that we only generated 1.5 rubbish bags of landfill from the fair - with most waste being recycled, or composted,” Angela says. With plenty of sunshine to go around the day was a success she says with a happy, community atmosphere. Hundreds of people from Karori and beyond - children and adults, enjoying themselves in the sun, with events that were really well planned, with a huge variety from miniature pony rides, bouncy castles, to live entertainment and competitions.

The ethnic foods, crafts, deli, toys, books, clothing, cakes and white elephant stalls were really popular, Angela says, and drew large crowds - with some very valuable books being picked up by happy collectors. She says the level of volunteer support was fabulous - with parents, and many grandparents, friends and members of Otari Parish volunteering on the day or donating goods. As for the next fair Angela says they wouldn’t change a thing. “We had all of the ingredients for a happy community event that was gentle on the planet.” The funds are still being accounted for and there is still a silent auction, and several special items posted on Trademe.

Plenty of fun at the fair with crowds making the most of the sunshine and bouncy castle.

Enjoying the pinkest of candyfloss at Saint Teresa’s eco-friendly fair Kate Honey and Rosa Farry.

Parent Gabriele Ryan with one of the outstanding cakes for Saint Teresa’s eco-friendly fair.

Manning the book stall Angus Lewisgourdi proudly displays books written by his class.

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EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville two of the six shipping containers used to store contractors tools and equipment at the site of the new library construction site in Moorefield Road were broken into. Intruders climbed over a solid iron perimeter fence to gain access and ground off the securing padlocks. Tools valued at several thousand dollars were stolen. A silver Mazda Capella stationwagon parked overnight in an open carport at a house in Fraser Avenue was stolen. It was found later in a damaged condition in the Johnsonville Mall carpark where it had crashed into a large boulder. A red Subaru Legacy stationwagon parked overnight in Middleton Road was stolen. It was later recovered in Porirua. A blue Mazda Demio hatchback parked overnight in Clifford Road was broken into by smashing the front passenger side window. A speaker and headphones were

stolen. A white Toyota Hilux utility vehicle parked overnight in Clifford Road was broken into by smashing the rear window. Several items, including a laptop computer, an Iphone and an Ipad, which had been hidden under a blanket, were stolen. A silver Volkswagen Caddy light van, parked overnight in Helston Road, was entered via a smashed passenger side window. A camera holder was snatched from the dashboard. The rear registration plate was stolen from a brown Holden Commodore saloon that had been parked overnight in Broderick Road. In Newlands an intruder entered a property in Horokiwi Road West and stole a large pot containing a camellia bush. In Khandallah a silver Subaru Impreza stationwagon parked overnight in Mysore Street had its rear passenger side window

smashed. Nothing was stolen. In Ngaio a bicycle store in Ottawa Road was broken into by breaking the locks on the back door. An unspecified number of bikes were stolen. In Churton Park a silver Volkswagen Golf hatchback parked overnight in Silverbirch Grove had its registration plates stolen. In Grenada Village a green Honda Accord saloon, parked overnight on the road in Dominica Crescent, was stolen. A house in Mark Avenue was entered during the day by forcing the lock on the back door. A messy search was made in the property and a large number of items were stolen. Included in the stolen property list were a laptop computer, two Xboxes with controllers and games, a variety of jewellery items, a driver’s licence and bank cards.

Cyber-Crime and What to Look For I want to return to the subject of cyber-crime and focus particularly on what are called Phishing attacks. These have become very common over the last couple of years. A phishing attack is called this because it is like a fishing net wanting to catch as many fish as possible. It’s an email that asks you to do something and if you follow the instructions then bad things can happen. So, here’s what to look for: 1. An email that looks like it’s from an official source but if you look closely at the email address looks unfamiliar or has a strange look to it. 2. This email will tell you that something has changed for instance: a. Terms & Conditions b. Payment details c. A new password is required 3. There will often be a link or a button for you to click on – DON’T DO IT. This

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is where the attack is hidden. 4. If you’re suspicious then delete the email and then delete it again from your deleted email folder. 5. It can be a good idea to let everyone know so they can avoid it too – just don’t send them the whole email; just enough of it so your friends will recognise it. Don’t include the link or the button. If it wasn’t a phishing attack, don’t worry, they’ll send it again. If you’re still not sure, you can always contact Netsafe and let them know. The important thing with all forms of cyber-crime is for you to be suspicious and vigilant. Don’t be trusting because this is what these attackers are looking for – good honest people like you. Happy computing Carl Beentjes

Independent Herald 26-09-18  

Independent Herald 26-09-18

Independent Herald 26-09-18  

Independent Herald 26-09-18