Monthly Archives: October 2015

Police urge caution after card-skimming in Albany

 

North Shore Police are currently investigating a series of ATM card skimming incidents in the Albany area, and are reminding people to be vigilant.

Police are aware of at least 5 cases in the past fortnight where the victims had all used a standalone ATM in the Albany Village, which was outside a dairy.

Inspection of the ATM revealed a glue-like substance around the card reader and Police believe the offenders are using a very realistic-looking device over the card-reading slot, to capture information on the card’s magnetic strip.

“The victims in these cases didn’t notice anything unusual when they went to use the ATM and it was even fitted with the green ‘anti-skimming’ guard.

The victims have only become aware that their card has been skimmed when they’ve realised later that money had been removed from their accounts” says Sergeant Tony Bruce, North Shore Police.

Police believe there may be more victims who haven’t yet realised their card has been skimmed, and as enquiries continue, are urging people to be vigilant.

How to reduce the risk of being skimmed;

·         Familiarise yourself with the look & feel of the ATM – If something looks out of place do not use it.

·         Before use, take time to inspect the ATM for any unusual or non-standard fixtures.

·         If there anything unusual around the card reader or in the area above the screen – do not use it and report it to Police or the              bank immediately.

·         Report any suspicious behaviour around ATM machines immediately to Police.

·         Always use your hand to shield your PIN when entering it.

ENDS 

Beth Bates/Waitemata Police 

You can also view this release, including any additional images, online at: http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/police-urge-caution-after-card-skimming-albany

Thanks,
New Zealand Police
This email was sent to rodneyns@quicksilver.net.nz

Don’t Hold Your Breath for Decent Roads

[reposted from a reply to an email, via the excellent Ahuroa Grapevine]

From: “Phelan Pirrie – Rodney” Phelan.Pirrie@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Date: 17 October 2015 at 10:08:39 NZDT
To: Glen Ashton glen.ashton@xtra.co.nz
Cc: Ahuroa Electronic Grapevine admin@ahuroa.co.nz
Subject: Re: Ahuroa road sealing

Hi Glen,

I have removed the various CEO’s and Mayor off this email.

The $10million was done at the same time as the transport levy, if the levy had not been put in place we wouldn’t have got the $10million if that makes sense. We also got an additional $2 million for footpaths and there were other transport projects that would have been cut had the levy not gone ahead. It was an unattractive option but in many ways the council was hamstrung by the government who refused to contemplate a toll system for Auckland despite a majority of Aucklanders saying they wanted one to pay for road projects. A toll would have raised considerably more money than the levy over time an allowed for money to be reallocated to projects such as road sealing.

There is no funding from NZTA for local AT managed roads for sealing or otherwise. I also don’t believe there will be a cent from The Ministry of Health they are struggling to fund hospitals, the idea that things will go back to what happened 20 years ago is wishful thinking in my opinion. This sort of ‘outside’ funding no longer exists and I would assume that given the billions being poured into state highways around Auckland would not see this situation change any time soon from NZTA. The scale of transport investment both by council and central government is massive and growing, it is likely that more money will be announced from central government next year, but this money is to address the critical issues along major arterial routes and in areas where there are housing developments with thousands of new houses being built.

I completely appreciate the frustration of people on unsealed roads but Auckland is under huge growth pressures and has limited options to fund the infrastructure given governments refusal to allow motorway tolls. Prioritisation is inevitable.

We will obviously continue to advocate for more money for road sealing and the next chance to increase this sum is in 2018 with the LTP budgets are revised.

Like I said previously we expect to have a breakdown of what happens to people rates soon and this will provide some clarity.

Some of the investment made in our area are not immediately clear but we have the largest areas of regional parks which we get to enjoy almost to ourselves outside the peak summer season, plus the considerable road network attracts a lot of funding, there’s also stormwater and sewage infrastructure that was woefully underfunded when we were in Rodney District Council, many sewage plants have been operating without consents, 10’s of millions have been poured into these areas over the last few years and Auckland Council reverses the trend of underinvestment from a cash strapped RDC. Anyway, as I said, until I see complete figures I’m reluctant to debate the issue because it’s just cherry picking figures or speculation on what might be happening.

Cheers

Phelan

Phelan Pirrie
Elected Member | Chair; Transport, Planning & Infrastructure Committee.
Rodney Local Board – Auckland Council
Mobile: 021 837 167
Web: https://www.facebook.com/pirriephelan

Raffle to Support Our Scouts

Tickets for the giant raffle, with more than four hampers of goodies, to support local Venture Scouts involved in the September 11 motor vehicle accident at Tirau, are still on sale at the Puhoi Store, Puhoi Cafe and Hotel. At $5 each, and only 200 tickets printed.

The big tally up of monies raised in community and personal fundraising, and banked with
the account below, will probably take place after the raffle is drawn.

If anyone would like to donate, they can do so by depositing into:

Account name: Orewa Sea Scout Group Committee
The National Bank/ANZ
Account number: 06 0383 0022118 50

Cyber Safety Social Media Safety Information Night – Wellsford

Senior Constable Sharon Glen

Youth Aid Officer/Community Constable: | Wellsford | New Zealand Police

Sharon is holding Cyber Safety and Social Media Safety Information evening on Wed 28 Oct at the Wellsford School Hall at 7pm. Geared towards kids 10 + and their parents/caregivers or anyone that may be interested.

This is being forwarded,

By Margaret Faed,

Rodney Neighbourhood Support.

0212583737

08009420111

www,nsrodney.org.nz

 

Give Puhoi a Strong Voice

Puhoi needs a strong public voice at this time of political pressures, Council-funded community development and new motorway construction.

The Puhoi Community Forum is a registered Charity which has the organizational structure and track record to provide Puhoi with a strong public voice.

However, it needs rejuvenating, its community representation needs broadening, and a new chairperson needs to be appointed.

This is a golden opportunity for the Puhoi community to bring in a fresh perspective and more youthful energy, to clarify Puhoi’s and the Forum’s future priorities, and to shape its leadership team.

Priority projects can include the beautification of the village centre, traffic safety, site provision for the Museum and living village, extension of footpaths and bridle tracks, completion of the riverside walkway, protection of flora and fauna, and wider recreational use of the Memorial Park.

So, come along to the next Forum meeting at 7.30 pm on Tuesday October 27th in the Sports Club, and help rejuvenate the Forum, so that it can provide Puhoi with the strong public voice that it needs.

Hans Everts and Peter Straka, Puhoi Community Forum

19th October 2015

Annual Roadside Cleanup: Special Arrangements

[from Judith Williams]

Here are the arrangements for THE ROADSIDE CLEAN-UP, which is being run differently this year.

Instead of your all turning out on the same day for a combined collectathon, this year we are spreading the work over this week but asking you to deliver your bags to the Auckland Council’s pick-up point on the Sports Club carpark to the left of the public toilets by Sunday evening, October 18.

Auckland Council will come along on Monday and remove it. Please don’t dump your bags there any earlier than Sunday, or we will probably encourage the proverbial Dog’s Breakfast! And, also, please, not your own inorganic rubbish. Russell Green will be glad to receive your metal waste at his yard, as it all helps Fire Station fundraising.

Wear garden gloves if you wish, bright clothing, and watch out for traffic.We are not providing body bags, so let us know if you find any really big items like cars or sofas and we will arrange for a separate council collection.

This is what you do:

1. (if you are a street convenor) In the next day or so, collect several blue and black bags for recyclables and non-recyclables from the porch of Mike Pero Real Estate and make them available at your own gateway.

 

2 Phone the people in your street to let them know they are there. Residents can then fill up the bags (it is not anticipated there will be much to put in them this year, as we

have broken the back of the big stuff -.car bodies, fridges, rolls of razor wire, etc, in earlier years) and return them to your gateway

 

3. Deliver the the bags to the sports grounds car park by Sunday evening.

 

(if nobody has contacted you and you want to free-lance, just collect a couple of bags yourself from Mike Pero’s porch.

NB that is porch, not Porsche.

 

The following are THE STREETS and their convenors or individual cleaner-uppers. The reason we have suggested convenors phone their neighbours is to serve the double purpose of creating a basic telephone list which might also be useful in case of a Civil Defence emergency or for Neighbourhood Support.

 

Upper Krippner Road , Hans Everts, convenor

Lower Krippner Road, nos 1 – 121 – already done, thanks to Ineke Straka

Saleyards Road, Val and Mike Smith, convenors, No 40,

Puhoi Rd, SH1 intersection to shop, convenor, Nicole Lawson No 53

Puhoi Close, Maria Williams, convenor, No 11

Slowater Lane, a friendly individual is taking care of this one

Lenzen Road, the Mclaren family, convenors, No 42

Green Hollows Road, Jacki Piper, convenor, No 103

Krippner to Green Hollows Roads, Ian and Maralyn Bateman

Hungry Creek to Puhoi Roads intersections, Lizzie and Daniel Straka

Ahuroa Road to Cemetery, Judith Williams.

Cemetery to Remiger Road intersection ?

J. Tolhopf Road, Rosie and John Walkers’ family

Remiger Road, the Barclay family, convenors, No 47

Remiger Road intersection and Te Araroa Track parking area, Linda Patullo, convenor, No 11, Remiger Road

Tunnel Road, Judy Roberts, convenor, No 114

Fiddlers Hill, Dominic Ryan-Kidd and the boys

Bruce MacGregor Lane, Martine and Nick McClean

Puhoi General Store area, the Lodewyks children

Sports grounds, Richard Walters

State Highway 1 coffee area and former motorway toll booth area, Cody and Kathy Mankelow

Noakes Hill from Green Hollows Road down to Upper Waiwera Valley Rd, Palle Olsen

Hungry Creek Road, Bev and Peter Cooley

 

We’ve almost got the catchment covered, but still need convenors or free lancers for

the Cemetery to Remiger Road, Remiger Road to Tunnel Road, Tunnel Road to J. Tolhopf Road, and J. Turnwald Road

 

My gratitude to all who have agreed to help – almost nobody I contacted has turned me down,

Judith Williams,

Puhoi Community Forum

 

 

Notice Regarding The Forum Meeting October 27, 2015

Instead of the previously-planned agenda for this meeting, there will be two items of general business, occasioned by the resignation of Hans from the position of Forum Chairman:

  • Consideration of the direction that the Forum will adopt for the remainder of its 2015-2016 term.

  • Appointment of a new Chairperson by the Committee, to guide the Forum in this direction, as required by the Constitution (clause 10).

I strongly urge you to give thought to these issues before the meeting, and encourage a strong attendance at this meeting. I will circulate a statement of resignation separately.

Hans Everts

Chairman

10 October 2015

NOTICE REGARDING THE FORUM MEETING OF OCTOBER 27, 2015

Instead of the previously-planned agenda for this meeting, there will be two items of general business, occasioned by the resignation of Hans from the position of Forum Chairman:

  • Consideration of the direction that the Forum will adopt for the remainder of its 2015-2016 term.

  • Appointment of a new Chairperson by the Committee, to guide the Forum in this direction, as required by the Constitution (clause 10).

I strongly urge you to give thought to these issues before the meeting, and encourage a strong attendance at this meeting. I will circulate a statement of resignation separately.

Hans Everts

Chairman

10 October 2015