Central Leader : February 11th 2011
www.centralleader.co.nz Friday, February 11, 2011 numberworksnwords.com Three Kings Ph 625 8091 YOUR CHILDREN ARE AMAZING ALREADY. WE JUST HELP THEM PROVE IT. n T From New Entrant to Year 11, NumberWorks'nWords after- school tuition brings out the best in Kiwi students by: • tailoring lessons according to each individual's needs • setting achievable goals and monitoring their progress • developing our own programmes using only qualified Maths and English experts numberworksnwords com n Maths & English FREE ASSESSMENT BOOK NOW! Giving back: Mt Eden resident Molly Manning has recovered from a heart condition and is collecting for the Heart Foundation's annual street appeal today. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Molly's all heart By KELSEY FLETCHER MOLLY Manning's parents were shocked when their six- year-old girl was diagnosed with a hole in the heart. Molly had surgery and is now an energetic nine-year- old fundraising for today's National Heart Foundation's annual appeal. A3cmholeinawallofher heart wasn't picked up by doctors until she stopped growing and couldn't main- tain body temperature. I got tired really easily but I don't remember too much,'' she says. Molly's mum Cathy Man- ning says there were some scary moments before the surgery. One time we were at the beach and Molly went blue because she couldn't keep warm. But the main thing was that she wasn't growing -- she was spending all her energy on keeping up and doing things.'' Molly needed two operations at Starship to repair the hole. Mrs Manning says the staff were lovely and made the whole experience into a posi- tive one. Molly took two months off to fix her broken heart. But her principal at Kohia Terrace School was very understanding, even visiting to check up on her. Mrs Manning says Molly has a zipper scar on her chest which she is quite fond of. Now Molly is well she can enjoy swimming, having fun with her friends and playing piano. She's also a national arch- ery champion in the under-10 female grade. Molly and her mum were offered support and infor- mation from the Heart Foun- dation throughout their ordeal and think it is amazing. After everything we've been through, even though it was really scary, it became a positive experience,'' Mrs Manning says. The support we received and the treatment has been exemplary. It's been some- thing that's close to our heart for lots of reasons, partly because my mother died in 2007 from heart problems, and we know other children who have been on the heart ward.'' Molly couldn't wait until today to start raising aware- ness for the Heart Foun- dation. They looked after me and now I'm going to raise sup- port.'' Molly and her mum will be collecting and raising aware- ness for the Heart Founda- tion's Annual Appeal today in the Mt Eden Village from 1pm until 3pm. Donations from this year's appeal will be used to support regional activities such as health promotion and work in schools. Police say sorry for 'low priority' 111 mistake By RHIANNON HORRELL Police are investigating what went wrong when a 111 call was mistakenly classified as low priority after two offenders were spotted robbing a Mt Albert home. Mt Albert widow Ngaire Irwin has since received a personal apology over the incident from communi- cations centre staff. On January 20, Mt Albert residents John and Tatiana Gould were woken shortly before 11pm by loud female voices on their property and banging on their front door. Mr Gould says two women could be seen near Mrs Irwin's home while she was away on holiday. Thinking I would do the right thing rather than put myself in harm's way, I rang 111 immediately. I described the scene and the suspicious activity on our properties.'' The operator told Mr Gould he would try to get a police car to the scene. Twenty-five minutes passed and Mr Gould called the emergency line again but was told no help was available. Frustrated, I told the operator I firmly believed there could be a burglary taking place right there and then. It wasn't a quick job either --- there was at least an hour or more spent on the job,'' Mr Gould says. He was told the case would be left open. The couple arrived home from work the next even- ing and discovered there had been a burglary but police still hadn't attended the incident. Mrs Irwin found out her home had been burgled when her daughter rang the following day. They turned out every wardrobe, drawer and closet. They emptied my deep freeze, they even emptied a jar of coffee grains. It was one thing after another. They've taken my past. All my photos and frames, my nursing medal and certificates --- anything they could lay their hands on.'' She believes the thieves came back for a second go and has compiled a seven- page list of lost poss- essions. Mrs Irwin has had an apologetic visit from north- ern police communications centre manager superin- tendent Kelvin Powell. He kept apologising, it was every third sentence. He said they should've sent a car. Even the second time when John rang, they should've come.'' Mr Powell says the ser- vice fell short of acceptable levels. We let the caller and his neighbour down by not sending police to investi- gate what turned out to be a burglary. The neighbour did everything right.'' Mr Powell says the event was mistakenly classified as a low priority and no police were dispatched. An investigation is under way. This occurred because of an error made by one person and was not resource-related.'' Mr Powell says police received 781 emergency 111 calls that same even- ing which is higher than average. But this shouldn't stop people from reporting sus- picious activity to the police. Police are seeking two women in relation to the burglary --- a female Maori, approximately 15 years old and wearing a white hoodie and another woman, described as Maori, about 40 years old and approximately 1.8 metres tall.
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