Central Leader : March 11th 2011
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The organisation met with affected parties last week. Resident Tim Hayter says signs in the area areduetogoupandan anti-slip surface will be put on the road. He says it was good for transport officials to see the full extent of activity in the area -- which includes cars overtaking buses and crossing the centre line. Work on wider upgrades of Dominion Rd is still progressing at a slow rate. Auckland Transport major projects manager Rick Walden says the organisation is reviewing proposals for Dominion Rd. We ve taken a bit of a step back and are reviewing all the pre- vious work done on this project. We re aware of community concern about some of the pre- vious proposals and want to reconsider where this project fits within wider regional priorities. Mr Walden says a do minimum option is still on the table, where only necessary minor works at intersections and pavement work would be done. Auckland Transport is also looking at the options of kerbside bus lanes and central bus lanes as suggested by the transport com- mittee. Robbery delays local hero awards By RHIANNON HORRELL ' The first offender pointed the pistol at a customer as she fled the store. He then threw himself across the counter next to the second offender and pointed the pistol at the store attendant. ' Detective constable Joseph Niupopo A brazen robbery has delayed recog- nition for some of Auckland s out- standing citizens. The presentation of the New Zea- lander of the Year Auckland Local Heroes medals was supposed to be held on March 3 at the Queen St PostShop but an armed offender ruined plans. The ceremony will now go ahead on March 24. When you put in contingency plans that is the last thing you think about, New Zealander of the Year Awards national manager Grant McCabe says. We were able to negate any trouble and all the recipients under- stood the situation. The shop was one of two branches of New Zealand Post and Kiwibank to be robbed within a week of each other. Acting detective senior sergeant Andy King of the Auckland police says the Queen St branch was robbed at 3pm last Thursday. The man involved told staff he was armed and was demanding money. Detective constable Joseph Niupopo of the Avondale police says a robbery also took place at the PostShop on Richardson Rd on February 24 at 11.40am. The first offender entered the store brandishing a black long- barrelled pistol which resembled a revolver. He walked to the rear of the store and jumped on to the counter. The store attendant attempted to flee from the counter area and into the store but was prevented by the first offender, who jumped down from the counter and opened the door. Mr Niupopo says a second man threw himself on to the counter and crawled under security wires to reach the till. The first offender pointed the pistol at a customer as she fled the store. He then threw himself across the counter next to the second offender and pointed the pistol at the store attendant as he fled into the back room. The two men made off with $1345 in cash and left in a stolen white Subaru Forester, registration DSH15, driven by a third offender. New Zealand Post declined to comment on the robberies for secur- ity reasons. Mr Niupopo says the first man involved in the Richardson Rd rob- bery is described as tall, with light- brown skin and of medium build with a black long-sleeved hooded top with the hood pulled over a cap and three white stripes down the sleeves. He had a white cloth or mask covering the lower portion of his face, dark shorts, white socks pulled up to the knee, light coloured trainers, a navy backpack with white panels on the front, black gloves and a pistol. The second man was slightly shorter, of medium build, with a covered face and was wearing a black long-sleeved hooded top with the hood pulled over a cap. He also had dark coloured pants, dark shoes, a black satchel with a long shoulder strap and light coloured gloves. If you have any information con- tact Mr Niupopo on 820-5741 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. nz. A 31-year-old man has been arrested after his alleged involve- ment in the Queen St robbery and two other robberies since February 28.The man appeared in the Auck- land District Court on Wednesday.
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