At St Chad’s Anglican Church, 117 Centreway Road, Orewa.

For all Residents and Street Contacts and their members throughout Rodney Neighbourhood Support Incorporated area. This covers all of Hibiscus Local Board and Rodney Local Board districts and Mangawhai. The evening will include guest speaker Area Rodney Commander Inspector Mark Fergus. He and attending Police will be available to answer your questions.  You will meet our hardworking Committee and the AGM will be held. We welcome new members to join our team. Supper will be served.

BUSINESS CARDS AND PAMPHLETS: If you are in business and a member of Rodney Neighbourhood Support, you are welcome to display your business cards etc. at the meeting.

NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS: If you would like to become part of this enthusiastic Committee contact . Nominations can be made at the AGM. All new committee members are required to complete a Vetting Service Request and Consent Form.

Share transport and bring your neighbours.

RSVP: 15th August for catering purposes or come at the last minute

For more information, email

hone or Txt 0212583737

We thank our sponsors: Auckland City Council Community Funding, and Discretionary Funding, Rodney Local Board, Hibiscus Bays Local Board, Jim’s Mowing, GJ Gardner, Kaipara Cat Fishing Charters, Internal Affairs and The NZ Lottery Board.

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.


Beth Bates/Waitemata Police 

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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.





Up To No Good?

[from Lyz]

I wondered if you would pass on a warning about a car seen on a couple of occasions in Slowater Lane, taking photos of houses in the lane. Sean saw them behaving strangely and they drove off at speed each time he approached them. He has reported them to police, citing a people mover with a rego something like EGW2.

Rodney Burglary Report: 1/11/2014

Burglary Report (pdf)

Burglary – Rodney
Occurrence Start Date Start Time Occurrence End Date End Time Street Name Suburb / Town Location Station
28/10/2014 06:15 28/10/2014 06:20 FORDYCE ROAD PARAKAI HELENSVILLE
28/10/2014 16:00 28/10/2014 22:00 SPRINGS ROAD PARAKAI HELENSVILLE
30/10/2014 15:00 31/10/2014 19:38 FORDYCE ROAD PARAKAI HELENSVILLE
28/10/2014 18:20 29/10/2014 06:50 WOOKEY LANE KUMEU KUMEU/HUAPAI
30/10/2014 18:00 31/10/2014 09:15 KORAHA ROAD KUMEU KUMEU/HUAPAI
01/11/2014 14:30 02/11/2014 09:25 MAIN ROAD KUMEU KUMEU/HUAPAI
02/11/2014 20:30 03/11/2014 03:30 MAIN ROAD KUMEU KUMEU/HUAPAI
03/11/2014 04:28 03/11/2014 04:41 MAIN ROAD KUMEU KUMEU/HUAPAI
31/10/2014 21:00 01/11/2014 07:00 GARBOLINO ROAD MANGAWHAI MANGAWHAI
29/10/2014 14:00 01/11/2014 10:00 WINTLE STREET MANGAWHAI HEADS MANGAWHAI
28/10/2014 12:30 30/10/2014 15:30 SH 17 DAIRY FLAT OREWA
28/10/2014 09:30 30/10/2014 09:00 HIBISCUS COAST HWY OREWA OREWA
02/11/2014 16:00 03/11/2014 07:30 LANDMARK TERRACE OREWA OREWA
02/11/2014 22:00 03/11/2014 19:30 EDWARD AVENUE OREWA OREWA
28/10/2014 06:30 28/10/2014 18:00 GULF HARBOUR DRIVE GULF HARBOUR WHANGAPARAOA
28/10/2014 11:00 28/10/2014 13:00 MANLY PARK AVENUE MANLY WHANGAPARAOA
31/10/2014 12:00 02/11/2014 19:51 MELIA PLACE STANMORE BAY WHANGAPARAOA
Vehicle Theft – Rodney
Occurrence Start Date Start Time Occurrence End Date End Time Street Name Suburb / Town Location Station
30/10/2014 22:00 30/10/2014 23:30 RAPSON ROAD KAUKAPAKAPA HELENSVILLE
28/10/2014 06:15 28/10/2014 06:20 FORDYCE ROAD PARAKAI HELENSVILLE
Theft ex Vehicle – Rodney
Occurrence Start Date Start Time Occurrence End Date End Time Street Name Suburb / Town Location Station
30/10/2014 17:00 31/10/2014 07:30 MATUA ROAD HUAPAI KUMEU/HUAPAI
30/10/2014 09:30 31/10/2014 09:40 MOTUTARA ROAD MURIWAI KUMEU/HUAPAI
31/10/2014 09:15 31/10/2014 09:45 MURIWAI KUMEU/HUAPAI
29/10/2014 02:00 29/10/2014 12:00 RODNEY STREET WELLSFORD WELLSFORD
29/10/2014 21:00 30/10/2014 07:00 SCOTT ROAD STANMORE BAY WHANGAPARAOA
01/11/2014 21:00 02/11/2014 09:00 RIMU ROAD STANMORE BAY WHANGAPARAOA

Puhoi Neighbourhood Support group meeting 05/11/14

Thank you to those people that attended the Neighbourhood Support meeting last night held at the Puhoi Sports Club. Gauging by the interaction of the 34 people that were present at the meeting, it was obvious that the establishment of a Neighbourhood Support group approach would benefit the community in many different ways.

Key messages spoken about –

CALL 111

Always call 111 for any incidents or to report any suspicious activities to Police. It is the job of the dispatchers to channel your call appropriately. Taking this approach ensures that all information is logged correctly and reaches the appropriate groups within the Police.


If you want to stay anonymous when reporting issues then use the Crime Stoppers reporting line: – Their website carries this key message: Speak Up – Give information about crime without revealing your identity – Call 0800 555 111.


Record serial numbers from your valuable (and re-sellable) items. In particular: TVs, Stereos, Laptops, Tablets, Lawn-mowers, Chainsaws, Quads, Motorbikes, Trailers etc; anything of high value which is small enough to be thrown into a trailer or in the back of a Ute / 4×4. Once you have collected your serial numbers there are plenty of options on how to record them safely. If you have an email address with cloud storage you can send it to yourself.


If you want your serial numbers listed with the Police, they offer a service called SNAP. – This is helpful as they can search this database with recovered property and link it back to you –  maybe even before you notice it’s been stolen!..??


If you have firearms, please, please ensure that they are locked up as you’re required to by law.  There would be little worse than an opportunistic theft of an improperly secured firearm. – It is optional to record your serial numbers with the police, but this is highly recommended.


We have had quite a few trailers of various types being stolen in the area and there are a few simple things that people could do to reduce their risk as follows:

– Have the trailer out of sight. Even if it is down a long driveway keep it hidden.

– Have some form of lock mechanism on the trailer, whether a wheel clamp or coupling lock.

– Engrave the trailer with your name or something so we can match it up if we find a trailer (we often come across trailers that are stolen but can’t be identified). Engrave it somewhere that is hidden so that the crooks can’t grind it off.

– Ideally a small GPS unit attached to the trailer. They are relatively cheap and reliable these days. I would be doing this to the more expensive trailers.

– Make sure the trailer is insured.

– Take a photo of the trailer.

What to do if you catch someone ‘in the act’?

  1. Your primary aim is to ensure the safety of yourself and your family.

  2. Your secondary aim ought to be to get them to stop what they’re doing and to leave without taking / damaging your property.

  3. Your further aim might be to collect information on the offenders which could lead to an arrest, a discovery of their operation or even a prosecution.

  4. Know your personal physical abilities before attempting any intervention with strangers.

Don’t be afraid to make a good amount of noise and verbally challenge someone. They will not necessarily be looking for a confrontation and anything which makes them know that they have been discovered will create a situation that they will want to remove themselves from. If you feel your personal safety could be at risk by intervening, ensure you call 111 first. Attempt to get an immediate response from 111 if they are on your property and if you intend to intervene.

You are probably best not to trap or corner an intruder, they will be looking for an exit and will likely take it. You will be unlikely to restrain or hold an intruder who is determined to make an exit and escape for freedom. They may also have friends outside which you may not have noticed yet. Your best approach is to get them to go away rather than for you to try to apprehend them. Then call around and let your neighbours know. Just because they’ve been scared away from one property doesn’t mean they’ll call it a night; they’re likely to move on and try their luck somewhere else. We need them to get the message that we’re all willing to make this hard for them.

Photos (with flash at night), clear descriptions of people, license plate details, car types, makes and models, car colours, key distinguishing features of people and cars etc…  All of these types of details make a report much more meaningful and usable for the police attending.


We have recently had some great successes and prosecutions for burglaries as a result of private CCTV cameras being operated and footage forwarded to Police. If you are considering cameras, do some research on them first and install them in a safe and secure hard to get to place. In saying that you need to place them in such a place that they capture the vehicles rego and persons entering your property. Do some trial runs with your own vehicle and you getting out and walking around etc then view the footage. If you operate cameras, be aware that in order for them to be useful for a Police prosecution you will be required to front up in court and present footage as your evidence.


If you don’t want to out lay for cameras and you want to utilise what you already have, remember barking dogs, locked gates, security lights and a willingness to make a challenge all make great security systems in their own ways.

If you have a long driveway, consider fitting a remote audible alert that someone has come down it, there are kits available. There’s one here for $60 which will do ~60m.
Or, something like this one which can do up to around 100m:

If you have a shed or an out-house there are some small, light-weight, low cost, stand-alone alarm units which might alert you at night that someone is messing around in it, the noise is loud and piercing and may be enough on it’s own to get people to stop what they’re doing and move on…

Secure your electricity meter boxes, but ensure that the meter readers can still view the meter clearly. This just eliminates the perpetrator(s) from turning off the power supply if you have an alarm fitted.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) approach.

General CPTED Principles

CPTED is a situational crime prevention strategy that focuses on the planning, design and management of the built environment. It reduces opportunities for crime, as well as fear of crime, by using design and place-management principles that reduce the likelihood of essential crime ingredients from intersecting in time and space. Predatory offenders often make cost-benefit assessments of potential victims and locations before committing crime. CPTED aims to create the reality (and perception) that the costs of committing crime are greater than the likely benefits. To do this CPTED employs four key strategies: Surveillance, Access Control, Territorial Reinforcement and Space/Activity Management”

CPTED influences offender decision-making by:

  • Increasing the real, or perceived risk to offenders;

  • Increasing the effort required in committing crime;

  • Reducing or removing opportunities for excuse making; and

  • Reducing the actual or perceived rewards of criminal behaviour.


And remember to do the basics around your homes and vehicles.

  • Lock things.

  • Don’t leave things out, remove the temptation for opportunistic theft.

  • Fit curtains over garage / shed windows so people can’t see what you’ve got in there.

  • Fit security lights

  • If you notice something, call around. Get your house lights turned on, ask your neighbours to do the same, if three local households appear disturbed by something they’re likely to pack it in and move on.

If you notice odd people wandering around, take photos of them, ask them what they’re doing. If they come up with a random, rubbish, low in detail excuse for being there, challenge them. – If they say ‘I’m looking for John’, ask them more details; ‘John who, where does he live?’ – ‘What do you want John for?’ – If they fumble around with unclear answers then it’s clear they’re making things up. – Tell them that you don’t believe them and that you’re reporting this to the police. And mention the neighbourhood support group. If it turns out to be legitimate, it’s always possible to apologise later.

Recommended next steps:

  • Help yourself first: Have a look around your own place, see if there’s anything you can do to obviously remove any temptations, hide things better, lock things away, get some basic alarms and use them on every occasion.

Phone lists / know your neighbours:

Drop into your neighbours and make sure you’ve introduced yourselves to at least your closest three neighbours in each direction. Share phone numbers. Ask for agreement that, if you’re concerned about anything, that it’s OK for you to call each other at any time of day or night – make that offer back. Localised ‘cells’ of support are key when we’re all pretty remote and rural.

That’s about all for now. If you have any questions or want to advise me of any vehicle registration numbers you think are out of place please email me at . If you missed out on Neighbourhood Support signs or Lock It or Lose It signs, let me know to as I have plenty more now.

For more great ideas and information please visit our Police website at:

Regards, Steve

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Rodney Prevention Team | Whangaparaoa | New Zealand Police
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Neigbourhood Support Group For Puhoi

After some discussion with locals and the recent dishonesty offending that has occurred in the area, I thought it was about time we started an official Neighbourhood Support Group in the Puhoi Community.

As a locally residing and working Police Officer and having had such a great response in the Ahuroa / Makarau area with their new Neighbourhood Support Group set up last year, I thought it was about time Puhoi followed before things get any worse.

The New Zealand Police are currently pushing for Crime Prevention Advise to be at the forefront of frontline policing and have seen some great changes as a result of this change of mindset. Ahuroa itself is a great success story and the crime stats show this.

If you are interested in hearing about how you can be more effective and aware of crime prevention strategies in your community, come along to the Puhoi Sports Club on Wednesday 5th November at 7.00pm for an informative and low key meeting and be part of making Puhoi a safer community together.

Look forward to seeing lots of you there and sharing with you some great ideas and stories. Kids are more than welcome.

Regards, Steve

New Zealand Police Logo Constable Steve Hunt
Rodney Prevention Team | Whangaparaoa | New Zealand Police
P   +64 9 424 6500  Extn: 96511   E
Whangaparaoa Police Station, 716 Whangaparaoa Road, Whangaparaoa, PO Box 284, Whangaparaoa, Auckland 0932,
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