Here is an article from the North Harbour News – April 25 with copywrite acknowledged to Martin Wootton and the News. Click on image to enlarge.
Good in the Hood – Thanks to all our patrollers who ensured that the HBC Community Patrol came third and was presented with a cheque for $916.00 . This was a great effort.
A big thanks to Z Fuel for the funds which will ensure we can continue patrolling the neighbourhoods and keeping them safe for the community. The image below is Margaret Stevens (Patrol Coordinator) accepting a cheque from Kristika the Manager of Z Fuel Whangaparaoa. Click on images to enlarge.
Are you a community spirited individual that is willing to give up a small amount of time to make our community a safer place to live and play? If so read on…
The Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol is looking for volunteers to help patrol the Waiwera to Dairy Flat region at both day and night time.
What is a community patrol?
A community patrol is a voluntary group of people giving some of their time and taking responsibility within their own community to help the Police make their community a safer environment in which to live. Any citizen who has a caring attitude to their community may offer their services.
Community patrols have links to local Councils and organisations sharing a similar interest in community safety. The Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol is a charitable trust that is managed by a committee made up of it’s active patrol members. Members meet regularly for training and to discuss issues and opportunities.
The Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol is affiliated with Community Patrols of New Zealand and has the support and confidence of the Police. There is a local police liaison officer allocated to work with us.
What is patrolling all about?
Prior to going out on patrol patrollers meet with local police and are informed of any suspicious activities and trouble spots they would like the patrol to keep an eye on, as well as informing the patrol of events occurring in the area. Each member must sign a declaration of confidentiality and agree to abide by a code of conduct before working with the patrol.
Community patrollers act as ‘eyes and ears’ for police. Patrolling their community in pairs, in a well marked vehicle, patrollers note anything that could be suspicious and inform police immediately of incidents requiring urgent attention. Patrollers do not directly confront offenders as their personal safety is a top priority. With the help of it’s sponsors the Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol has recently taken possession of a new patrol vehicle that is well equipped for the patrol tasks it carries out on behalf of the community.
Applicants are vetted by the Police before becoming patrol members and must complete a period of training (usually three months) where they work with senior patrollers. Patrollers usually patrol once a month and receive training in both first aid and fire fighting.
How do I join the patrol?
Contact the Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol on: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Frank on 021 761 161
Or find out more information from the NZ Community Patrol website: http://www.cpnz.org.nz
The Patrol is also interested in hearing from potential sponsors or people that may be able to help with just day or night patrols.
On behalf of the Committee I would like to wish all Patrollers and their families a very Merry Christmas and Happy and prosperous 2014. As a committee we look forward to 2014 and what it may bring for the patrol.
2013 has been very successful and our Patrol is in a very good position financially thanks to the efforts in fund raising and the generous support of our sponsors.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the wives, husbands, partners, significant others who support our patrollers as without their support the patrol would falter and fail to be as effective as it is.
I look forward to patrolling with you in the New Year and take care on the roads over what is going to be a very busy time of year. Thanks Frank
MetService and NIWA are urging Aucklanders to be on the alert following a strong wind and rain warning for this afternoon and tonight. NIWA have predicted that tides are also expected to be significantly higher than forecast and that could affect coastal regions. Please note that the locations expected to be affected is dependent on the precise track of the incoming weather system.
The Auckland Emergency Coordination Centre will be activated from 1600 today until further advised.
Low lying coastal roads and reserves around the rest of the region are also likely to be impacted.
From Tuesday afternoon to midnight the following conditions are forecast:
– Damaging winds gusting to 130km/hr.
– Rainfall is expected to continue falling across Auckland today with highest totals expected between midday and 9pm.
– Tide levels on Auckland’s east coast will be high in the hours either side of the 11pm.
– Coastal inundation will be significant between 9:30pm – 12:30am and contractors are available to respond to requests for sand-bagging and other assistance.
Any reports of flooding or request for assistance should be reported to Auckland Council on 09 301 0101.
Vector cautions customers to be prepared for the possibility of outages with the Met Service warning of stormy weather which is predicted to hit from this afternoon.
In particular, people should:
– Stay well clear of fallen power lines or damaged electrical equipment and treat them as live at all times.
– Watch out for falling tree branches as these can cause damage to power lines.
– Avoid possible damage to electrical appliances (in the unlikely event there is a power surge when the power is restored) by switching off appliances at the wall.
– Keep a torch and spare batteries handy and ensure that you have at least one telephone that does not rely on electricity for operation.
– Ensure that an alternate fuel is always available for cooking (.e.g. gas for BBQ).
People using medical equipment that relies on electricity should ensure they are prepared for power disruptions and if there is an immediate health threat, contact their health provider or call 111.
Vector will work hard to restore power as quickly as possible, however with storms the company has to prioritise multiple demands. The safety of the public and Vectors contracting field staff is of primary importance at all times.
If you must travel, drivers are urged to take the following precautions:
– Check NZ Transport website before travelling.
– Headlights on.
– Drive to the conditions.
– Keep a safe distance from the car in front.
General Advice for severe weather:
– Check drains and spouting and clear any blockages.
– Stay up to date with weather forecasts on TV, radio and the internet.
– Bring pets indoors.
– Secure rubbish bins or any other loose objects that could be a danger in strong winds, including trampolines.
– Limit non essential travel.
– Ensure a torch, radio and spare batteries are to hand.
Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management
(09) 301 0101
We are looking at having a patrol lunch at the Orewa Surf Club on 20th October 2013. Please put it in your calendars and we will release details in due course.
The Hibiscus Coast Kindergarten ‘Ducky Derby’ will be held on 15th September 2013 at the Western Reserve, Orewa and we have offered our support to the Derby. Approximately 1000 yellow ducks will race down the Orewa estuary towards the sea. Members of the patrol will be utilised in assisting with this event, so lets get behind another great Orewa activity.
You can also purchase a ‘ducky’ ticket for $10 and watch the ‘derby’ which commences at 1.30pm. First prize $500 cash, fantastic 2nd and 3rd place prizes too. Raffles, spot prizes, live entertainment, food stall, bake sale, pony rides, bouncy castles and so much more!
Patrollers interested in assisting will be required from 11.00am at the Western Reserve. Expected finish will be around 2.30pm. The patrol vehicle will also be utilised at this event providing us with another opportunity to further promote the patrol. Please leave your name as a comment below if you can assist.