Central Leader : April 8th 2011
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LOUNGE/DINING SUITES, COFFEE TABLES, ACCESSORIES, FLORALS, LINENS and more IN BRIEF Beintowin Win a double pass to see pop soprano Elizabeth Marvelly perform with pianist Carl Doy and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the Auckland Town Hall on April 15. The show is called The Home Tour and we want to get you there -- free. Go online to our e-edition and you'll get the chance to go into the draw. Not subscribed yet? Here's what to do: Go to our website at www.centralleader.co.nz, click on latest edition and follow the simple instructions. Flick through today's paper online and you'll find competition details on our special e-edition extra page. Subscription is free and takes just a few seconds to complete. You'll then have ready access to your favourite community paper any place, any time. New responsibility Mt Albert MP David Shearer's responsibilities have been tweaked again after he was appointed Labour's tertiary education spokesman earlier this week. Mr Shearer was appointed acting education spokesman when former MP Darren Hughes was removed from the role following a police complaint made against him. But now the portfolio has been split in two, with Labour list MP Sue Moroney picking up responsibility for primary and secondary education. Mr Shearer says the new responsibility fits with his other role as spokesman for research, development, science and technology. ''During the past 18 months I have been talking with and working with universities and other educational institutions and crown research entities and it's great to be able to advance that work. I relish the opportunity to look at skills training in particular.'' Mr Shearer says tertiary education is even more important given the tough economic climate. ''Increasing our skills base and commercialising more technology and innovation from our tertiary sector are crucial to creating Kiwis jobs.'' Policing the supercity By RHIANNON HORRELL Supercity policing: Inspector John Mitchell says despite a misalignment of council boundaries and policing districts, police and local bodies are working well together. Photo: JASON OXENHAM DOING away with city coun- cil boundaries under the supercity means policing dis- tricts no longer match up with local body areas. But one police official says it's not a major problem. Local government relation- ship manager inspector John Mitchell made a presentation to the Maungakiekie Tamaki Local Board last month to discuss the future of police work in Auckland. A challenge for police is to attempt to align our geo- graphical boundaries and names with those of the new council -- however there is major misalignment,'' he told the board. As an example, he says the Auckland city east police dis- trict covers five local board patches including the whole Orakei board, 10 percent of the Waitemata board, 15 percent of the Albert-Eden board, 15 percent of the Puketapapa board and 95 percent of the Maungakiekie Tamaki board. The birth of the new coun- cil has given us the oppor- tunity to consider what this could mean for policing.'' Mr Mitchell says wider Auckland has three geo- graphic districts -- Waite- mata, Auckland city and Counties-Manukau -- along with the Auckland metro crime and operations support office and a number of police national headquarters units. This includes recruiting and training centres, the Northern Communications Centre, the Organised Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand, the Special Tactics Group, the Commer- cial Vehicle Investigation Unit and the Prosecutions Office, totalling more than 3800 staff. It's been decided that the present geographical com- mand is working well and will be strengthened, but not changed. Mr Mitchell says positive relationships have been forged with council staff. This includes quarterly meetings between mayor Len Brown and assistant com- missioner Alan Boreham. It's overall strategy and day-to-day operational co- operation.'' District commanders also meet with ward councillors, area commanders meet with local board representatives and other police and council staff work together as required. Mr Mitchell told the board that alcohol-related issues are a major driver of police work in Auckland and there is also evidence of organised crime, which includes ethnic, Asian and youth gangs. Some communities pres- ent policing issues including language and cultural barriers, engagement issues, elevated offending and vic- timisation levels.'' The response to the earthquakes in Christchurch has taken up a lot of resources. Mr Mitchell says it was an advantage to have the help of Australian staff but the reality is now hitting home for Christchurch per- sonnel who may also have damaged homes. The adrenalin got them through the first weeks but they're now coming down off an enduring high.'' Upcoming challenges in- clude the Rugby World Cup and the Pacific Islands Forum. New technology is being rolled out across Auckland, including a telephone bail system and a better way to structure the workload for police typists. A new Auckland central police station is on the cards to replace the 46-year-old building on the corner of Cook and Vincent streets. It's definitely on the plan. We've outgrown it that's for sure,'' Mr Mitchell says. Stardome's celebration out of this world Next Tuesday will mark 50 years since Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space and Stardome in One Tree Hill is celebrating. Mr Gagarin, who only lived to the age of 34, is known for his historic journey on April 12 in 1961 when he boarded the spacecraft Vostok 1 in Kazakhstan and blasted off, making a single orbit of the earth before touching down again safely 108 minutes later. Hegrewuponafarmin Russia and endured the Nazi occupation during World War Two. Mr Gagarin gained his pilot's wings in a MiG-15 and became a senior lieutenant in the Soviet Air Force before being selected to become a cosmonaut. To mark the occasion Stardome Observatory, in association with the Kiw- iSpace Foundation and the Embassy of the Russian Fed- eration, is planning a free one-off screening of the film titled First Orbit. The film includes newly taken images of the earth shot to mimic what Mr Gagarin would have seen from the windows of Vostok 1. It also features Mr Gagarin's actual recorded conversation with the ground and the Radio Moscow Eng- lish language broadcasts from the time. The free screening takes place on April 12 at 6.30pm and bookings are essential. Ring 624-1246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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