Central Leader : March 16th 2011
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Phone 09 638 5169 290 Dominion Rd Mt Eden (near ASB and Valentines) 3169135AC Foursome provide a better way Creating a difference: Members of the There's A Better Way programme, from left: Stallions team founder Kilifi Sika, Quality Cutz Barbers owner and Roskill South Kings rugby league team member Epenisa Tu'ikolovatu, Mt Roskill community constable Glen Green and There's A Better Way member Sione Katoa. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By RHIANNON HORRELL It's not quite the barber- shop quartet but four men who represent dif- ferent parts of Mt Roskill are creating massive changes within the sub- urb. There's A Better Way is a Mt Roskill-based programme which works to redirect young people towards positive change. The project was instigated by Mt Roskill community constable Glen Green in January last year and it has grown exponentially ever since. It encompasses rugby league and basketball games and late last year a Tongan rugby league tournament was held where two local teams, the Central Stallions and the Roskill South Kings, went head-to-head. Historically there's been rivalry. There's been massive fights,'' Mr Green says. This year we have been working closely with the Stallions and also with Epenisa Tu'i- kolovatu. It's about changing perceptions in the community.'' The semifinal came down to the two Roskill teams and the Kings lost to the Stallions. The losing team bowed in support to their opposition and their fam- ilies. They said: We will support you in the final'.'' Mr Green says it helped unite Mt Roskill as one and police certificates were awarded for showing courage through diver- sity and building com- munity spirit. Stallions team founder Kilifi Sika says the teams have been a major part of the There's A Bet- ter Way programme. The crime was really bad. We started the Stallions in 2008 and the crime has gone to zero. The trouble is the alcohol.'' He says in 2009 there was a team of around 20 people but a lot of other people were drinking outside the practice area. So we created two teams. Before the tour- nament you would never see a Stallion and a King walking or talking together. They were neighbourhood enemies.'' Quality Cutz Barbers owner Epenisa Tu'i- kolovatu has lived in the area for 23 years and opened the shop 10 months ago. We get a lot of the young guys coming in for a haircut. It's a safe environment and there's no tension. A lot of the young guys look up to us. They've seen changes in our lives.'' In December he helped to start up a local branch of the programme which has proven popular. We hope to combat youth gangs in the area.'' Mr Green says a trust has also been formed with the help of police western area commander inspector Jim Wilson and sergeant James Cas- sin, Vector, ASB and the Auckland Council. He hopes to have the programme established in five communities by Christmas and hopes to help five people into fulltime work. John Andrew Ford has provided a vehicle to assist with the pro- gramme which Mr Green says is fantastic. The programme is held every Thursday from 4pm to 7pm at the Wesley Community Cen- tre, 740 Sandringham Rd, and every Wednes- day from 4pm to 7pm at Waikowhai Intermediate on Richardson Rd. Email glen.n. email@example.com vt.nz for details. Recycle batteries People can now dispose of their old hearing aid batteries in an environ- mentally friendly way. They will get two packets of hearing aid batteries for a full box of used ones. National Hearing Care has 17 clinics nation- wide. We take our environ- mental responsibilities very seriously,'' manag- ing director of national hearing care James Whittaker says. One way of doing this is to ensure that every hearing aid battery is recycled, rather than dis- posed of in landfill sites.'' Hearing aid wearers are encouraged to visit their local National Hearing Care clinic to pick up their recycling box. Or order a recycling box from www.national hearingcare.co.nz. Visit www.national hearingcare.co.nz for more information.
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