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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday August 27 2015
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We are faced with the same realism about Tasers which should be used sparingly. Mike Jaggs, sourcing manager, General Merchandise Imports: We owe our police access to the full set of tools they required to do the job we charge them with. By incapacitating the person concerned, it is less likely to cause harm to both the police and the alleged offender when facing a violent arrest situation. I fully support their introduction to frontline police. Darrin Heaven, community constable Meadowlands: It’s nice to have Tasers more readily available so that we have a range of tactical options to select from depending on the percieved risk to police and public. The Taser is a great tool because it is quick acting and safe for all parties. Personally, I would much rather be Tasered than shot, sprayed (with o/c spray) or grappled with by police because the likelihood of injury or enduring pain is so much less. The Taser has extra useful features; the laser tends to de-escalate situations and the camera protects police against false complaints. How do you feel about the decision of all frontline police officers being armed with a Taser while on duty? Do you think it is a dangerous tool to have or is it the need of the hour? The Times asked a cross-section of people and this is what they had to say. WORD ON THE STREET Your view It pays to give your opinion. Your feedback matters to us. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; text 875, use the word bot as first word in text and then add your comment; or comment on our Facebook page, facebook.com/timesonlinenz, and be in to win a double pass to Hoyts Cinema, Botany A tribute to Karma on death row Karma is a dog that was abandoned around eight months ago in Pakuranga. She survived by eating garbage and sleeping in the bush along the river bank. She never bothered anyone but was scared of humans and remained on the move. She became pregnant and had puppies. She still wouldn’t stay anywhere close enough to us for us to get her to the SPCA where we had arranged a shelter spot for her and her pups. She started barking, people were scared and called animal management but she kept moving all of her four puppies to a new nest, evading all of the somewhat feeble efforts of dog control. But four puppies soon became one puppy. Moving them around was too hard. They were lost and each time a puppy was lost she would howl all night and rush around frantically looking for it. Karma had some happiness though with food in her tummy. We got glimpses of her playing with her remaining puppy. She was an excellent mum. Then tragedy. Today (August 18) she is howling again the last puppy lost, across the river we hear dog crying noises so I drove around to the other side of the river but before I get out of my car, there is Karma. She had heard the noises too and had already swam the river at high tide. It wasn’t actually her puppy though. She would have stayed forever but finally animal management had her within easy reach. Now she has less than seven days to howl all night for her puppy before being destroyed by animal management, and after all that they didn’t even need a pole to put her on a lead. She is not even aggressive she just barked to defend her puppy and she just ran away because she was scared, we found out her name is Karma, abandoned a year ago. Karma is a survivor and a dedicated loving mother dog, she will spend her last seven days of life howling for her puppy and alone. She may have longer than seven days but there is no doubt they intend to put her down. She will be howling for her puppy and in a barred concrete cell after living free in abandonment for the last year. She will be miserable. The owner won’t contact them as she was abused and abandoned and there would be fines to pay. Animal management officers said she would be destroyed because she is part pit bull. She was caught finally after eluding them for months. It turns out that two puppies have survived, one was found yesterday by a local who is going to adopt it, the other one was found under the house and is in a shelter. Maria Binnie ® What do you think? Email email@example.com I Maria Binnie is a Times reader and dog lover. Online feedback Share your comments on facebook.com/timesonlinenz I Our video of daffodils blowing in the wind with Green Gables Cottage in the backdrop sparked these comments: Howick Village Shopping wrote: It is like spring arrived in the Facebook feed. Cute. Grace Palatchie Kershaw Kershaw posted: You just have to love Howick. Our post congratulating Howick dancer Connor Muller and his group The Bradas for gold at the world hip hop champs received the following response: Howick Village Shopping wrote: Not unknown in the Kiwi hip hop scene. They just need more media. Congrats The Bradas. We asked people to vote for the Howick College trade boys who have entered a national building competition. Lesley Reeve posted: Voted! Good luck. We asked readers to guess where our photograph of Lord Ranfurly, the former Governor of New Zealand was taken in 1907 and sparked the comments below: Ask Smilson wrote: uuuhhhhmmm no, I can’t And Sheree Lyons commented: Musick Point Burning uestion Auckland’s population is four times that of our next largest city, Christchurch and 10 times the size of Hamilton, our closest city. More than half (51.7 per cent) of New Zealand’s population growth between 2006 and 2013 occurred in Auckland. The Super City is home to 60 per cent of New Zealand’s top 200 companies and its projected capital spend between 2015 and 2025 is expected to be $18.7 billion. How big is the Super City of Auckland in comparison with the rest of New Zealand? Mum Karma leading puppy away from the safe area under the house.
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