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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday April 9 2015
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, April 9, 2015 — 3 739 Chapel Rd Botany Downs family dentists We see adults and children of all ages. Early assessment at any age is recommended. JH9714 For New Patients, if you bring in this advert before April 30, 2015 126547 SBA Dannemora at Botany Junction - We let you get on with running your business while we look after all your Accounting requirements SBA Dannemora: Botany Junction, 277 Te Irirangi Drive, Flat Bush (around the corner from ASB Bank) Phone Peter Fussell: 09 277 7007 or 021 860 730 Email: email@example.com BEAT With Officer Garry Boles On the COLUMNIST Adayinthe life of a police officer THE beauty of my role within Counties Manukau Police is that there is such a wide variety of things that I can be involved in. One day it may be visiting a school to help teach the younger generation about road safety, on another day I could be involved in an event that shares the work of Police with the community, and another day again could be working with victims of crime to work out how to make the community safer for them. Our main task at the moment is to reduce the amount of car crime we have in the area. There has been an increase in cars being broken into and cars being stolen and it can be easy to prevent these crimes from happening. Recently, Botany Crimewatch Patrol checked 900 vehicles around the Botany area and found nearly half of them had handbags, laptops, shopping bags, sunglasses, or other valuable items visible through the windows, tempting thieves. Nine of the cars were also left completely unlocked. This was alarming to us and unfortunately similar to what happens on a daily basis all throughout Auckland, so it’s clear that something must be done to prevent more crime from occurring. Stolen cars are used to commit further crime and are often driven in a reckless and dangerous manner to avoid Police, putting all road users at risk. Along with our local Neighbourhood Policing Teams and volunteers, we spent the day patrolling car parks throughout Botany, Flat Bush and Ormiston. You may have found a flyer on your windscreen recently, reminding you to take valuables from your car when you leave. While patrolling in Chapel Road, we are alerted to a suspicious man trying car doors just down the road at another block of shops. We raced down the road in our patrol vehicle and identify the person quickly. He had got a screwdriver in his pocket and thankfully we were alerted to him by an attentive member of the public before he was able to successfully break into a car and ruin someone’s day by stealing their valuables, or worse – their whole car. It was a satisfying ending to another day dedicated to making our community safer, but serves as another reminder to be vigilant with security both at home and away. By Garry Boles Counties Manukau District Prevention Officer, NZ Police BY NATALIE BRITTAN ■ AUCKLAND Transport parking wardens are becoming a regular sight at a number of schools including Mission Heights Primary School in Flat Bush during peak periods before and after school. Drivers who stop in front of a driveway to drop off their children, double park, park on yellow lines and indulge in similar behaviour are slapped with fines of between $40 and $60 from the council-owned transport agency. An Auckland Transport spokesperson says the rules are enforced for the children’s safety. “It’s important that the area of the school gate is kept safe at all times. We enforce at the school gate right across Auckland on a regular basis often at the request of the school or of concerned parents or local residents.” Times photographer Wayne Martin captured other bad driving habits in a video posted on facebook. He wrote: “This is madness outside Baverstock Oaks School! You have to wonder how some people retain or even gain their licences. Couldn’t get my phone out quick enough to capture the illegal overtaking right outside the school. The children’s safety is at risk here.” He says turning right from the other side of the road into school drop-off bays should be made illegal. Baverstock Oaks school principal Mary Wilson says parents are following procedures in the school’s drop-off zone and staff members and student leaders help keep drivers’ etiquette in check. However, she says the illegal overtaking happening beyond the school gate was a police matter. “ We’re not traffic officers and police so we can’t stop them doing that [turning right]. But in comparison to other schools without drop-off areas we are keeping our children safe. “ The unfortunate thing is 95 per cent of people do follow the rules, it’s just the very few who make it unsafe for everybody. If everybody followed the rules then they would make a safe passage to and from school.” Auckland Transport and community police run regular education programmes at schools to target driver behaviour around the school gate. What do you think? Let us know by sending a letter to Bot@ times.co.nz. ROAD SAFETY Traffic nightmare outside schools Parents are battling chaos as they pick up and drop off their children at schools, locals say DEMOGRAPHICS Increasing Asian diversity Local communities analysed in research report THE neighbourhoods of Dannemora and Botany Downs were examined as case studies in research on the increasing diversity of Auckland’s Asian communities. The report, Asian Auckland: The multiple meanings of diversity details the history and trends of Asian migration to Auckland, especially since 2006. It was commissioned by the Asia New Zealand Foundation and draws on 2013 Census data. Author Wardlow Friesen, senior lecturer in geography at the University of Auckland, says immigration policy changes since the 1990s have resulted in more migrants entering New Zealand as international students or on work visas. This has created more diverse Asian populations in terms of age, sex, education and skills and has led to an increase in Filipino and Indian migrants in particular. The median age of Auckland’s Asian population is lower than that of the total population. “At any one time, the Asian population comprises a complex mix of New Zealand-born, overseas-born, citizens, permanent residents, temporary workers, students and tourists - all arriving for a variety of reasons and bringing with them a diverse range of demographic characteristics, skills and expectations,” says Dr Friesen. At the time of the 2013 Census, more than one in five (21 per cent) Asian people living in Auckland were New Zealand-born. Dr Friesen says significant numbers of Asian Aucklanders, notably Chinese and Indian, are not migrants but New Zealand-born and have characteristics, identities and expectations different from migrant populations. Asia New Zealand Foundation director, Dr Andrew Butcher, says Auckland has become known as one of world’s super-diverse cities. “ This report shows that this diversity is true not only of Auckland but of the city’s Asian population itself. New Zealand’s Asian population is expected to increase in upcoming decades, and two- thirds of this population is expected to live in Auckland. While new migrants are often the focus of attention, a significant proportion of future growth in the Asian population will come from people born in New Zealand.” The report examines the settlement patterns of Asian immigrants around Auckland, using case studies of neighbourhoods including Dannemora and Botany Downs; Glenfield and Northcote and Sandringham. It also examines the influence of Asian communities on Auckland’s food culture, cultural festivals, the media and the arts. Traffic outside Willowbank School. Times photo Wayne Martin.
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