Northern News : January 11th 2012
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As part of the call for rural residents to be on the lookout for cannabis growing operations, police will be delivering a flyer around Northland, which details what people should be looking for and who to contact if they notice suspicious activity. Detective sergeant John Miller says farmers and other rural residents need to be vigilant at this time of year because cannabis growers often steal equipment to use in their plots. This can include quad bikes, electric fence units and fertiliser. Cannabis growers are also known to cut fences, so they can get to their plots.'' Mr Miller is also urg- ing retailers, particu- larly rural supply com- panies, to keep an eye out for people who are not regular customers buying large amounts of fencing equipment and plant nutrients. He says farmers and other rural residents should take note of any unusual vehicles, people coming and going, and unusual lights at night. If they notice sus- picious activity they should get vehicle regis- tration numbers, and other vehicle details such as make, model and colour. They should also take note of the location and time the activity is occurring. If people haven't got a legitimate reason for being in the area then they are likely to be cannabis growers.'' Police are appealing to the public not to turn a blind eye'' to cannabis growing because it has a harmful effect on every- one in the community. People who grow cannabis can also be dangerous and will go to any lengths to protect their plots, such as booby traps and poison.'' Every year the crime and cannabis operation nets thousands of plants and offenders are arrested but police need help from the public. Report cannabis grow- ing or dealing infor- mation to a local police station or call Crime- stoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555-111. Honours awards for the North John Carter Laurie Byers John McGregor Carter has been made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order (QSO) for services as a Member of Parliament. Mr Carter was an MP for 24 years from 1987 to 2011. He was the Minister of Civil Defence, Senior Citizens and Racing and Associate Minister of Local Government from 2008 to 2011. He was chairman of a number of parliamentary committees including local government, privileges and primary production. Mr Carter chaired the Hokianga community health committee and was involved with the Rawene and Te Kuiti Lions clubs. He is cur- rently serving as New Zealand's High Com- missioner to the Cook Islands, based in Raroto- nga. Laurence (Laurie) John Byers, JP has been awarded the Queen's Service Medal for services to local body affairs and the com- munity. Mr Byers was a Far North district councillor for 18 years, also serving a term as deputy mayor. He chaired various committees including the hearings committee. He is known for his ability to motivate people into giving the best team effort possible, and for his commitment to the Northland area. He was a founding member of the Northpoint Trust, which provides housing and living support to people suffering mental illness. A Common- wealth Games bronze medal-winning cyclist, he has worked to support and encourage youth involvement in sport through his membership of Sport Northland Trust. He was the driv- ing force behind an astroturf hockey facility in the Far North. He is a long-serving member of Northland Lions and has been involved in numer- ous projects with this organisation. Mr Byers is an active Justice of the Peace. Margaret Hazel Barcham MacMillan receives the Queen's Ser- vice Medal for services to the community. She has served the Okaihau community for almost 30 years, in many roles across a number of organisations. She was a member of Rural Women New Zea- land from 1978 to 2008 and held positions at a community and provin- cial level, including president, branch sec- retary, provincial sec- retary, and provincial president. She was a founding member of the Life Education Trust in the Far North in 1991, and continues to be involved. She is a com- mittee member and sec- retary of the Utakura Pioneer Memorial Trust. She has been a member of the Kaikohe and Dis- trict Memorial RSA since 1991 and served on the Women's Section. She has previously been involved with Meals on Wheels, Federated Farmers and the Okaihau Playcentre. Mrs MacMillan has been an active member of the Okaihau Community Association since 2003 and is a founding mem- ber of the Civil Defence committee. Neil MacMillan has been awarded the Queen's Service Medal for services to the com- munity. Mr MacMillan has been involved with the Farm Cadet Scheme/ Farm Education Train- ing Association since 1985, including seven years as chairman. He was Okaihau and Bay of Islands District presi- dent and dairy section councillor of Federated Farmers from 1984 to 1993. From 1993 to 2001 he was appointed as a director to the Northland Dairy Company. He has been on the committee of the Animal Health Board since 1994, and chair since 2006 of the North- land Regional Health Committee. He has served as presi- dent and treasurer of the Okaihau Lions Club. He has organised the local ANZAC Day service for 20 years. He was vice president of the Kaikohe and District RSA for 10 years and has been president for almost four years. Youth development team: Constable Paul Johnston and sergeant Pat Davis. Police have success against youth crime A spike in offending over the holiday period is not uncommon so Kaikohe police were pleased to arrest four youths and one adult over the Christmas-New Year period and another youth this weekend. Youth Aid supervisor and acting senior sergeant Pat Davis said charges were made for various offences includ- ing burglaries, inten- tional damage and unlawful taking of motor vehicles. The video surveil- lance assisted us in mak- ing our arrests,'' Mr Davis says. The busi- ness association initiated setting up the CCTV 12 months ago and it's proved very useful.'' Police recently began another initiative to help prevent youth offending in Kaikohe. In partner- ship with the correspon- dence school and parents, the police youth development team have established correspon- dence classes supervised by a teacher aide to help ensure the students are not wandering the streets. Youth development leader Paul Johnston said the project is look- ing for suitable premises. Contact him on 405-2960. COMMUNITY DAY PLANNED Kaikohe police are planning a community day. Senior sergeant Arthur McLean says he'd like to see the community brought together and provided with an opportunity to find out about services available in the town. ''We hope to have the armed forces represented as well as the NGOs and govern- ment organisations in the district. The idea is for businesses and organisations to set up stalls, hold recruitment drives and provide a fun day out with entertainment and spot prizes,'' Mr McLean says. ''It's a chance to bring the community together and create some enthusiasm for Kaikohe. As police, we're looking outside the square to help our community.'' Interested parties can call Mr McLean on 405-2960.
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