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Public art has now got better
The district council's public art
policy aims to make it easier for it
and the community to secure public
art and also address any issues.
The policy includes guidelines for
commissioning or accepting gifts of
public art, safety policies and
guidelines for decommissioning or
moving public art.
The policy makes it clear council
will maintain the art works.
Councillor Crichton Christie says
the policy is important to ensure
public artworks do not go missing
and the council now has a
catalogue of all public artworks.
Police are urging people to come
forward with information about
sexual offending by the former
deputy principal of Pamapuria
School near Kaitaia.
James Parker, 37, pleaded guilty to
49 sexual offence charges at
Kaitaia District Court last week.
But police say their investigation is
continuing and anyone with
information is asked to call
0800 900 502.
The Reading League raises money
for Kamo High School's First XIII
rugby league team by getting
players sponsorship to read to
younger school children. The
initiative is the brainchild of team
coach Peter Gray, not coach Joe
Henare, as stated in the our story
Gunshots no coincidence say police
Police are working hard to assure
residents Otangarei is a safe place
after gunshots were fired at a police
base following an eviction of people
with gang links.
Four shots were fired at the
Otangarei Neighbourhood Policing
Team base on Matai St in the early
hours of Wednesday morning.
No-one was in the building at the
time but the building s walls and
windows were damaged.
Acting Whangarei and Kaipara
area commander inspector Tracy
Phillips says it is no coincidence the
attack came less than 24 hours after
40 police staff helped evict a family
from a Housing New Zealand home
She believes the attack was
retaliation for the eviction.
I don t believe in co-incidence. I
think it was directly related to the
police being involved with the
bailiffs and Housing New Zealand
staff with an eviction on William
Gang links and firearm concerns
were the reasons for such a high
number of police staff used for the
Ms Phillips says police did lots of
tactical planning before the evic-
tion, including using the iwi liaison
officer to try to convince the family
to go quietly.
At the eviction just one person
was arrested, a man who had failed
to appear in court, she says.
But Ms Phillips says the shots
later being fired at the policing base
is very concerning and could have
led to a tragic outcome.
The Neighbourhood Policing
Team is working well with the
Otangarei community and we are
supporting them in every way we
can, she says.
We will not tolerate this sort of
action and will not be intimidated
by anyone who chooses to do this.
Police are now working hard to
reassure the community.
We are saying to the community
this is a safe place . We are looking
at installing cameras in the area
and doing everything that we can to
support the community, she says.
It s a really good opportunity
now to have a clean-up and show
support for the community.
Call 0800 900 515 if you wit-
nessed the incident or noticed any
suspicious activity in the area.
Stadium, gymnasium and grandstand take shape
Grand venue: The new multi-sports
facility on the Park Ave side of
Go to whangarei
leader.co.nz to see a
video of the new facility.
Work on Kensington Park s multi-
sports facility is under way.
The Northland Athletics and
Gymnasium Stadium Trust is
building stage two of the project --
a stadium and gymnasium -- next
to the new all-weather athletics
track. Traffic is taking a new
route around the construction site
in Park Ave.
The $5.6 million facility will
provide a 500-seat grandstand
with views over the track, a gym-
nasium, administration rooms
and an extra 200-plus parking
spaces. The stadium is due to be
finished in November.
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