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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday May 21 2015
6 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, May 21, 2015 www.times.co.nz RHM7687 MAY15 HLD-PAK Botany and Ormiston Times 26x5 v1.indd 1 14/05/15 9:22 am KC10823-V2 COLUMNIST Fast changing landscape SINCE moving our offices to Botany Town Centre at the end of March, I now travel along Chapel Road every day. Nearly 30 years ago, I was travelling the same route driving my son to St Kentigern College. Yesterday, I decided to try and remember how the configuration of the actual roads had changed and I must say I did so with great difficulty. We accept change - and very quickly how things were, has gone. Point View Drive used to end at Chapel Road and was the only road on the right as you travelled towards Botany after Browns Road where the block of shops now stand. The only landmark that identifies the end of Point View Drive is a large pohutukawa tree and that is still there. For a long time the tree and the corner property marked the home of Ready Lawn. As the area was starting to be developed, Ready Lawn purchased the large dairy farm in Ormiston Road to grow their grass and moved their operation to that site. As you travelled down Chapel Road, East Tamaki Road veered off to the right and that was the main way to reach East Tamaki and the motorway - a pleasant drive through the countryside. A golf driving range was started on a property called Willowbank in East Tamaki Road just past the junction. The cottage, one of Auckland’s oldest buildings, was firstly clubrooms and later a cafe. Trendy back in the day. Although surrounded by modern homes, this Willowbank Cottage is a private residence. As East Tamaki Road changed, the golf driving range land was developed into housing and the driving range found a new home in Ormiston Road. The driving range, nine hole golf course and cafe remained there until earlier this month. This land was recently sold so change is upon us once again. Reay Neben is the owner of the Times group landscape KNOW? With Reay Neben Did you AS WORLD war anniversaries pre-occupy Kiwis, they are being encouraged to make a submission to a defence policy paper. The public consultation process has opened for submissions to the 2015 Defence White Paper intended to be published before the end of this year. It will be the blueprint for how the Government plans to address the security threats, challenges and opportunities facing the nation over the next 25 years. Botany MP, Jami-Lee Ross says the paper will outline the roles and tasks that the Defence Force should undertake to respond to the challenges, as well as the capabilities and resources it needs to carry out its roles and tasks effectively. “Our Defence Force is vital to help protect our people and territory, conduct and lead missions with key allies in the South Pacific and enable New Zealand to become a stronger partner in regional and international security,” he says. The Ministry of Defence last published a Defence White Paper in 2010. Mr Ross says a new one is necessary because the international environment has changed in the past five years. “ The Government wants to reassess its defence policy priorities and update the defence capability plan,” he says. Public consultation for the ➤ 2015 Defence White Paper is open until June 22. More information is online at www. defence.govt.nz. Jami-Lee Ross, Botany MP, pictured right, on a visit to RNZAF Base Whenuapai after a demonstration flight in a Kaman SH 2G Seasprite Helicopter. Photo supplied MILITARY Defence plan reassessed CRIME Thieves nab dough BY NATALIE BRITTAN ■ AS FRESHLY baked bread hit the shelves, a brazen thief went straight instead for the dough. A man dressed in a dark black and grey striped hoodie and white striped black track pants was captured on CCTV casually walking into the Howick Bakehouse in Millhouse Drive, Northpark at 6.46am on Tuesday. The video shows him pulling the till with force, crashing to the floor. He then picked it up and ran outside escaping in a black Nissan parked outside with a driver, bakery owner Chantha Hann told the Times . Mr Hann says the employee at the time had no time to react. “She said ‘hello’ thinking it was a customer and then she was quite surprised when she heard a ‘bang’. It took about three seconds. It was really fast.” The till contained more than $100 and would cost $500 to replace, says Mr Hann. “ This is the second time. The last time they crawled through the back and took two tills.” This was a few years ago, he says, and before that a lady had also stolen a donation box. Mr Hann says he is not worried because incidents such as these are common in the area. At the time of writing, he had not been to the police because he did not think anything could be done. Counties Manukau Police Asian liaison officer, Justin Zeng, who spearheaded business safety programme, Operation Ping’An, says businesses can adopt ways of preventing crime. “ The best thing the community can do is give the offender zero chance [of committing the crime]. Bolt down the till or chain it up, empty out cash from the till regularly, and when depositing money use two people and go at different times of the day.” Another handy device for shopkeepers is a time- delay safe ensuring it can only be opened at a certain time and not on demand, says Mr Zeng. People with information about the crime can call Counties Manukau Police on 261-1300 or the anonymous Crimestoppers tip-off line on 0800 555 111.
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