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Wednesday October 10, 2018

Urban bike burglary costly By: Gerald Rillstone

A recent burglary at Jonty Ritchie’s bike business has left him out of pocket, disappointed and untrusting. Burglars smashed in the rear door of his Ngaio business around 5:30am one morning last week and made off with two expensive bike frames along with a partially built bike for one of his customers. The break-in has left Jonty around $1,000 out of pocket once his insurance excess has been paid. “I have been pretty lucky up until this point, it has been fourteen years and then this,” he says. He says with mountain biking becoming a fashionable trendy popular pursuit and bikes now hi-tech and expensive they are attractive to thieves. He says the thieves were obviously experienced and determined and knew what they were after. “A neighbour across the road heard something happening and came out and saw the car leaving and called the police,” Jonty says. “It makes me feel a bit worn out and tired and questioning

Bike share scheme Wellington City Council has provided Auckland-based company Onzo with a licence to operate their ‘dockless’ bike hire system until the end of March 2019. To hire the bikes, people have to download the Onzo app, create an account and log in to find the nearest bike. All bikes come with a helmet and lights. The cost to hire a bike is 25 cents for every 15 minutes. People hiring the bikes are encouraged to park them beside a bike stand – the trip is easily finished when the user pulls down the lock on the back wheel. There are some parking restrictions on the Golden Mile, Cuba Mall, the waterfront and in central city parks.

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Ngaio bike shop owner Jonty Ritchie gets to work on a customer’s bike. PHOTO: Gerald Rillstone

why I bother with the business, I’m eking out a modest living and then someone can come

and take it away.” Jonty says since the break-in he hasn’t had any feedback from

the police and is surprised they haven’t taken a look at CCTV footage available in the area.

in Ranelagh Street was entered and searched. The driver’s door was left unlocked because a key had broken in the lock. All other doors were locked. The entry was believed to have occurred during a fight which had broken out in the street at around 4.30 am. Police attended the incident and the victim found their car had been rummaged and contents thrown about. Nothing is known to have been stolen. In Northland panes of glass beside the front door of a house

in Harbour View Road were smashed to gain access. A monitored alarm was activated and the victim immediately returned home and found the front door open. Several rooms showed signs of a search and a laptop computer is known to have been stolen. In Wadestown the basement of a house in Highland Crescent was entered, possibly through an unlocked door. A chainsaw, a weed cutter and a large bag containing a variety of tools were stolen.

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville an empty house in Frankmoore Avenue was entered through a smashed rear window. A small hot water cylinder under the kitchen sink was removed and taken. Fittings and pipes were also taken from a hot water cylinder located upstairs. Removal of these fittings caused a flood of water which damaged the floors and walls on both levels of the property. In Newlands a back door was forced open to gain access to a house in Gahagan Way. There

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are indications that the house was searched but nothing is reported stolen. In Grenada Village a heap of cut gorse was set on fire at night. It was located on a walkway between houses and was deliberately lit using an accelerant. In Karori an attempt was made to break into a Housing New Zealand property in Victory Avenue by forcing the front door. No entry was gained. A white Mazda Familia saloon parked overnight

Greg O’Connor MP for Ōhāriu

Unit 2, 18 Moorefield Road, Johnsonville On the McDonald’s roundabout Open Monday – Friday 9am–5pm 04 4783332 /GregOhariu @gregohariu PO Box 13264, Johnsonville, Wellington 6440

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Wellington Council’s decision to re-evaluate the business case supporting development of the city’s proposed convention centre is the right move says Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. “A lot has changed since the original Wellington convention centre business case was put together and approved by councillors, so I’m pleased to see they are double checking that it still stacks up.” “Te Papa has benefited from substantial financial support over the years from the Downtown Levy, paid for by central city businesses and hospitality venues, and the entirety of the Council’s financial support to Te Papa, both directly and through this proposed new exhibition space, should be scrutinised,” John says.

New R&D tax incentives Business Central welcomes the new research and development tax incentives announced by the Government. Small business, in particular, will benefit from the halving of the amount of R&D investment required before a tax credit can be claimed, from $100,000 to $50,000. Raising the rate from the proposed 12.5 per cent to 15% is also an unexpected bonus.


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