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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, December 10, 2014 — 5 Drug suspect wanted POLICE are seeking a former East Auckland resident in connection to crimes involving illegal drugs. Operation Fury is an investigation by the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand into the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine (P) in Auckland. Two people were arrested in relation to the possession of 1.8 kilograms of P found by police at a Papakura property last month. A third suspect, Kane Michael Hansen, has warrants for his arrest for offences including possession of a class A drug for supply and possession of equipment for manufacturing methamphetamine. The 27-year-old is a former resident of Flat Bush and is known to frequent Takanini. He’s an associate of the 45’s motorcycle gang. People with information on the whereabouts of Kane Michael Hansen can phone police detective Hamish Wyllie on 259-0753, or the Crimestoppers tip-off line on 0800-555-111. Speed cameras operating TWO new digital road speed cameras are in place in South-East Auckland. The cameras use dual radars and digital technology and are positioned in Murphys Road, Flat Bush, and Mill Road, Manurewa. They’re programmed to photograph motor vehicles travelling at more than 4kph over the posted road speed limit. “ These cameras are installed to protect the people who live and work in the vicinity or travel through,” says national road policing manager, Superintendent Carey Griffiths. “Every site has been selected because it has a history of speed-related road crashes. “Analysis shows a static speed camera will help save lives and reduce serious injuries.” Auckland will receive six of the first 12 new digital fixed speed cameras rolled out. The $10 million road safety project sees 56 new digital speed cameras placed across the country at sites assessed as being at high risk of speed-related crashes. The network will be fully operational by April, 2016. NEWS BITES Extending on foundation Patrick Drumm looks forward to taking over as new principal of Botany Downs Secondary College at the start of 2015. Times photo Farida Master By Farida Master RUNNING a school is essentially about reaching out and building communities, believes Patrick Drumm, the newly-appointed principal of Botany Downs Sec- ondary College. In the process of handing over the reins of Aorere College in its golden jubilee year, the transition time is a challenge for Mr Drumm, who takes over the leadership of one of the most highly recom- mended schools in Auckland at the onset of 2015. “Leaving the community is a process. It’s a slow process to extricate yourself from a school because you’ve invested so much in it,” says Mr Drumm, after driv- ing from Papatoetoe to Botany College for an interview with the Times. When Mike Leach, the founda- tion principal of Botany College moved on as executive principal of Kings College in term four this year, he mentioned that he’d done everything he could to steer the school in the right direction. “Now it’s time for a new leader to take it to new heights.” Mr Drumm agrees, saying: “In such a short period, this college has built a good reputation with a strong pastoral care and network of a school within a school. “I’m sure it will be a huge learn- ing curve for me. Being a principal of a college is not a 9am to 5pm job. It’s symbolic. “We’re entrusted with students for a vast chunk of their lives. “We know the tough times they’ve been through and how they’ve come out of it,” says Mr Drumm, who has taught for 25 years in Catholic and state schools, in addition to being principal at Aorere. “Watching students grow through the five-year period from year 9 to year 13 when they step out into the real world is both chal- lenging and very rewarding. “A good school is about com- munity building inside and outside the class. Apart from the academ- ics, success can be enhanced with a breath of support from the alumni, the community and involvement of the parents, whether it’s perform- ing arts or sports. “Sports builds pride in the school,” says the sporting enthusi- ast, who is also a rugby referee. “Extra-curricular activities are a good conduit to reach out to the community and get them involved. “A solid partnership is critical to make good men and women of character and confidence. It’s hard yet powerful.” The father of three admits he has total empathy for parents when it comes to teachers caring about their students. “Being a parent myself I know how every parent has fair expec- tations of their children receiving personalised attention in school.” Looking forward to the new challenge, he says: “With 1800 students and a staff of 120, Botany College is a great school of choice. “It’s developed its own culture and has a very professional parent body. “There’s a good measure of distributed leadership. A great example of it is Fiona Cottam, act- ing principal running the college seamlessly in term four, which is a crucial time with exams and prize distribution. “I admire Mike for the systems he’s set up. Something’s going right here and I intend to build on it. One cannot be still, but has to keep improving.” He looks forward to the powhiri in the new year, where he intends to invite the staff and students of year 9 from Aorere College for the formal welcome. The powhiri will mark a brand new beginning as the significant present rubs noses with the wis- dom of the past and guides the future in education.
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