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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — 5 NOOSA BRUSSELS BRUSSELS APEX ADELA ® DATONA ® DREW * $10 off full priced school shoes. One voucher issued for every school shoe purchased. Only one voucher can be redeemed against each pair of sports shoes. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Expires 30 April 2014. The Athlete’s Foot proudly stock a huge range of Clarks, Ascent and Bluehaven school shoes. With width options, half sizes, velcro, laces and buckles, find the perfect fit for school. The Athlete’s Foot Botany : Shop 511D, Botany To wn Centre, 588 Chapel Road, East Ta maki Phone: +64 9 271 1593 theathletesfoot.co.nz 125618 By Chris Harrowell A MAN has been arrested and charged by police in relation to a burglary at the Howick Returned and Services’ Association (RSA) on November 28 last year. Sergeant Paul Devane, of How- ick Police, says the 24-year-old Pakuranga resident was arrested on December 20. He’s charged with three counts of burglary. The man is also facing two drugs-related charges and a charge of receiving stolen property. He appeared in the Manukau District Court on December 20 and was remanded in custody to reappear in the court last Monday. During the court appearance on January 6, he pleaded not guilty to all charges. The man was further remanded in police custody to reappear in the Manukau District Court on March 11. The additional charges he’s fac- ing relate to commercial burgla- ries carried out in East Auckland late last year. A shoe shop in Pakuranga’s Reeves Road was broken into on October 14. The Crook and Flail Bar and Casino in Meadowland Drive, Somerville, was targeted by thieves on November 11. Mr Devane says the arrested man was identified as potentially being involved in the break-in at the Howick RSA through a foren- sic examination of the crime scene in Wellington Street. Despite the arrest, the investiga- tion is ongoing. “There was definitely more than one person involved [in the RSA burglary],” Mr Devane told the Times. “Police are pursuing lines of inquiry.” The criminals who broke into the Howick RSA stole money from tills in the bar and restaurant and coins from its 18 gaming machines. Taken also were cigarettes and alcohol. Offices used by several How- ick RSA staff members, including manager Clint Leger, were ran- sacked and damaged. Mr Leger says he wants to pub- licly acknowledge work done by police leading to the burglary sus- pect’s arrest. “I want to thank the police, our members and the community for pulling together,” he told the Times. “This [burglary] touched eve- ryone. For the police to make an arrest is really good.” Mr Devane still wants to hear from people with information on the burglary, or who saw suspi- cious activity in and around Wel- lington or Picton Streets in Howick between 4-5am on November 28. Two white motor vehicles were seen near the Howick RSA on the morning it was targeted. They’re described as late-model Japanese vehicles. One was seen by a Howick RSA employee arriving for work just after 5am. It was driven up the RSA’s drive- way at high speed, turning right into Wellington Street. The other motor vehicle of interest was seen parked outside Howick RSA by a resident at about 2.45am. People with information on the burglary at the Howick RSA in Wellington Street, between 4-5am on November 28 last year, can phone police sergeant Paul Dev- ane on 362-1132, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers tip-off line on 0800-555 -111. Howick RSA manager Clint Leger is pleased police have made an arrest over the burglary at its Wellington Street premises last November. Times photo Chris Harrowell Arrest over RSA break-in New Year Honours Gretl Bass Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) For services to the community GRETL Bass, of Mellons Bay, has been co-ordinator of the Highland Park Sewing Group for more than 15 years. The group supports Kidz First at Middlemore Hospital by producing sewn and knitted items such as quilts, pyjamas, sleeping bags and clothes that are donated in parcels to mothers with newborn babies. It has 45 volunteer members and has grown to provide services to various organisations in Auckland, and in 2011 it produced more than 5000 garments. Xiao-Jun (Michael) Lu Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) For services to the Chinese community MICHAEL Lu, of Flat Bush, is a volunteer columnist for Chinese language newspapers, for the New Zealand Mirror in 2007-2009, and Chinese Herald since 2007. His articles have covered a broad range of subjects including politics, economics, tourism and sports. In 2009, he published a Chinese language book, Inside New Zealand, which has become a useful guidebook to life in this country for new immigrants. He’s also been a volunteer for Chinese community radio, as a media assistant at Eden Park at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and an event ambassador for the Auckland Triathlon ITU World Cup. Han Leang Ly Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) For services to the Cambodian Chinese community HAN Leang Ly, of Botany, has been a member of the Auckland Cambodian Chinese Kung Luck Association since its establishment in 1990, holding positions such as secretary, deputy chairman and chairman, when he drove a project to raise funds to buy a new community centre. He has provided cultural training for younger Cambodians and Chinese on traditional wedding and funeral processions.
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