Whangarei Leader : February 9th 2016
Snorkel days a hit P10 Chinese fivespice pork P12 Whangarei Leader Tuesday, February 9, 2016 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Kellie Extance, with her children Aiden, 6, and Sasha, 4, is asking people to stop shooting around residential property in Hikurangi. PHOTO: DANICA MACLEAN Bullets in the backyard? DANICA MACLEAN A Hikurangi mother is afraid to let her children play outside at dusk after two stray bullets are believed to have landed on her property. Kellie Extance was sitting on the deck of her Mountain View Rd home at dusk on January 27 when she heard a gun shot in the distance. ‘‘A few seconds later I heard the ping.’’ Kellie and her husband Dave, believe the ‘‘ping’’ was the bullet bouncing off their workshop. Kellie says Dave then told her a similar thing had happened a couple of weeks earlier when he was walking from the workshop up to the house, what he believes was a bullet landed in the grass ‘‘about 5 metres away’’. Kellie says initially Dave thought it was a one-off, but after the second incident they contacted police. Senior Constable Russell Rawiri says two of the neighbours heard the shots but no-one had seen anything. Rawiri says he did not find any bullets, so he’s not sure what sort of gun it was. However, Kellie says Dave ‘‘knows the sound of guns and says it was the sound of a .22’’. Hikurangi Mountain is on the opposite side of the road and the couple believe the gun shots originated from up there. ‘‘There’s a lot of rabbits on the hill.’’ Kellie says she has spoken to EXAM & X-RAYS* HALF PRICE *Terms , fees and conditions apply. New patients only. Limited appointments available. Offer ends 29 February 2016. See lumino.co.nz for details. Lumino The Dentists Whangarei is offering half price exam & x-rays for all new patients LUMINOTHE DENTISTS BANK STREET: Lead Dentist: Matt Ross First Floor, 120 Bank Street | Ph: 438 7300 DENT STREET DENTAL: Lead Dentist: Isobel Greensmith 129 Lower Dent Street, Town Basin | Ph: 430 0200 Whangarei neighbours, and one told her she has heard a lot of shots coming from up there. She has also spoken to those who own property on the mountain. ‘‘The people just up the hill don’t know anything and it’s their property. They have not authorised people to shoot on their property.’’ Rawiri confirmed that nearby landowners had not given anyone permission to hunt on their land. Kellie is trying to get the message out to people to think twice about the fact a bullet can go astray. ‘‘People shouldn’t be shooting in this sort of vicinity.’’ She says her main concern is her for the safety of her children, Aiden, 6, and Sasha, 4. ‘‘Do I let my kids go out to play?’’ ❚ If you have information about the incident, contact senior constable Russell Rawiri or if youwant to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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