Horowhenua Mail : May 12th 2011
Editorial (06) 368 6014 -- Display Advertising (06) 368 6009 -- Fax (06) 368 6011 -- firstname.lastname@example.org IN BRIEF Horowhenua students stock the bank, page 3 Singer keen to show talent, page 7 Levin's Codie makes NZU20s, page 54 INSIDE Schools burgled Horowhenua College was broken into twice on Saturday. The first incident happened at 1.20am when a group of young people attempted to make off with a DVD player only to be stopped in their tracks by the alarm, said Levin police who located the group nearby. Four youths were referred to youth aid. At 11pm another group attempted to take a computer but left with a fire extinguisher instead, said Sergeant Dereck Turvey. They have yet to be located. In another incident, at 11.30am Monday, a projector was stolen from Levin Intermediate. Mr Turvey said fingerprints and other evidence were being examined. Pants down pants Two shoplifters tried to make it out of a Levin store on Saturday afternoon with a pair of trousers. An 18-year- old male and a 24-year-old female were stopped after trying to stuff the trousers down the man's pants. Police were called to the Oxford St store and a search of the two discovered the female was carrying cannabis, Sergeant Dereck Turvey said. They were charged and appeared before the Levin District Court on Monday, he said. Reflecting your community THURSDAY, May 12, 2011 It's not OK message for town By KARA LOK Addressing the stats: Levin Sergeant John Battersby is in charge of the Violence Free CBD Project that intends to drive domestic abuse out into the open and break the cycle. CONTINUED Page 3 A local It's not OK'' campaign was launched in Levin on Friday in an effort to address Horowhen- ua's domestic violence statistics -- the worst per capita of anywhere in New Zealand, according to police. Eight police officers and 10 volunteers from the Horowhenua abuse liaison team took to the streets, visiting local businesses to discuss the problem and distrib- ute campaign posters in the hope it would encourage more people to report domestic violence. The Violence Free CBD Project has been set up by Levin police, Horowhenua District Council and HALT (Horowhenua Abuse Liaison Team) in an attempt to drive the problem out into the open and bring an end to family violence in the region. Horowhenua has the most dom- estic violence incidents per capita in New Zealand, alongside North- land and the East Coast, said Horowhenua family violence intervention co-ordinator Sergeant John Battersby. We need to do something pretty special here to lift our game . . . our victims come to town and our offenders come to town,'' he said. If they see [an It's not OK poster] looking at them maybe they will do something about it.'' Mr Battersby said Levin police deal with about one serious family violence incident a week. We have some pretty high statshere. . .andwedon'thavea big population, so our stats are exaggerated. We are looking at one domestic for every 20 families per year, which is enormous given that we are half the size of other areas that have that rate.'' He said there were a variety of contributing factors, such as drugs and alcohol, financial diffi- culties, reconstituted families and single and teenage parents. Mr Battersby said 30 to 40 per cent of domestic violence incidents Levin police attended were linked to alcohol. Tragic loss: Armed police stand guard over an Otaki house on Monday, where flowers had been placed as a memorial to a 23-year-old woman who was shot and killed. Screams follow shots By BEN STRANG and KARA LOK A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of an Otaki woman shot at a Ngaio St home on Sunday. The 23-year-old woman was treated by paramedics at the house, before being flown to Wel- lington Hospital in critical con- dition about 4.10pm, police com- munications manager Kim Perks said. She died in the early hours of Monday morning. Police arrested a 26-year-old Otaki man, who appeared in Levin District Court on Monday charged with murder and unlaw- ful possession of a .22 calibre rifle. The man, reportedly the wom- an's partner, showed little emotion when he appeared in the dock. Police were not revealing any details about the victim's injuries until a post-mortem had been car- ried out. The names of both the accused and the victim have been suppressed until the man's next court appearance on May 25. A woman who lives opposite the Ngaio St house said she was at home with her daughter on Sunday when the shooting happened. The woman, Kate, said her dog ran to her fence and was barking loudly at men who were running past. I went out and just heard this guy yelling he's been shot, he's been shot, he's been shot', and then two guys went running up a driveway.'' She grabbed her dog and went inside, where her daughter had called police after hearing the yelling. It wasn't just screaming either, it was a real panicked screaming that I haven't heard before.'' Two minutes after the call had been made police were on the scene, and two fire crews followed to cordon off the road. She said about 40 minutes after police were called the woman was taken into a rescue helicopter, which had landed on Rata St. A man who lives nearby said he heard two shots fired, but thought nothing of it because of the duck shooting season. Kate said it was a shock to the neighbourhood. We have elderly people, famil- ies, solo working people, young people, and we all get along really well. When we had the big storms a couple of years back we came together and made sure everyone had food and a place to stay. This is definitely not some- thing I would have expected . . .''
May 19th 2011