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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, November 17, 2014 — 3 Ask us for our latest SPECIAL OFFERS on fees 128255 VILLAS AND INDEPENDENT APARTMENTS Your life, your lifestyle YOUR CHOICE With a choice of Independent Apartments, Villas, Serviced Apartments and a Rest Home, Pakuranga Park Village now has something for everyone. LICENCES SELLING NOW www.pakurangaparkvillage.co.nz VILLAS AND 127087 VILLAS AND VILLAS AND 127087 AT THE AUCKLAND SPCA Auckland SPCA, 50 Westney Rd, Mangere. Ph: 09 256 7300. Visit our website at www.spca.org.nz FIND YOUR BEST FRIEND Man faces drugs charges A POLICE operation in East and Central Auckland resulted in the discovery of cash, property and illegal drugs worth more than $10 million. Among the items seized are $4.5m worth of the illegal drug methamphetamine (P), $2.8m cash, five residential properties and three expensive motor vehicles. A 61-year-old man appeared in the Manukau District Court on October 24 on multiple drugs-related charges including possession of a class A controlled drug for supply. His court appearance followed the alleged discovery by police of two kilograms of methamphetamine (P) at a property in Bucklands Beach. Police detectives from the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand arrested three suspects during the termination of the operation, focusing on the supply of P in Auckland. Police detective senior sergeant Colin Parmenter says: “The market for methamphetamine is still very strong. “We will continue to target organised criminal groups that manufacture and supply methamphetamine to prevent the harm it causes in our community.” Stolen items recovered POLICE say the investigation into thefts committed at Duder Regional Park in Umupuia is ongoing (Times, November 13). Several motor vehicles were broken into at the public park on Monday, November 10. Among the targeted vehicles is a camper van driven by German tourists, one of whom had money, documents and clothing stolen. Local residents sprang to the couple’s aid, providing them with replacement clothing. Several items taken from the camper van and another vehicle have been recovered. Counties Manukau East Police crime prevention manager, inspector Ann Wilkie, says a wallet stolen from the scene was later found in Alexander Avenue, Maraetai. “We are following up on a motor vehicle linked to this theft [in Duder Regional Park] and another one earlier on November 10 at the same location.” People with information on thefts from motor vehicles at Duder Regional Park, Umupuia, on Monday, November 10, can phone Counties Manukau East Police on 261-1300. NEWS BITES An old-school celebration BIRTHDAY WISHES: Oliver Dawson, of year 6, and Ayah Lal Tayyar, of year 1, were the chosen ones to blow out the candles of the 40th anniversary cake at Macleans Primary School. Times photo Wayne Martin By Farida Master PLAYING Pass the Parcel was rather old-fashioned for the generation of kids brought up on a diet of hi-tech games before they can walk or talk. But that’s exactly how Brian Bayly, the principal of Macleans Primary School, wanted the 40th anniversary celebrations of the school to be on October 29. A far cry from addictive iPhone games, Mr Bayly wanted the chil- dren to play traditional party games for a change. Good ole’ fun games such as Musical Chairs, Pass the Parcel and the Chocolate Game turned out to be a real nov- elty for the young ones. “Instead of having a high profile wine and cheese do, we wanted our 40th birthday to be one big children’s party,” says the princi- pal of Macleans Primary, which opened in 1974 as a variable space school. The school that was built on the Murvale Farm owned by the Macleans family was called Mur- vale Primary until 1994. As the children excitedly gath- ered in the school hall after deco- rating cupcakes, they were greeted with a huge, colourful cut-out of a birthday cake in the shape of a Rubik’s Cube, while beside it stood an edible cake with 40 flickering candles. The proverbial icing on the cake was that the oldest and youngest students of the school, Oliver Dawson, of year 6, and Ayah Lal Tayyar, of year 1, got a chance to blow out the candles with one big, combined huff. The children also clicked fun photos of themselves with their classmates and wrote messages on what they most liked about the school. Messages such as ‘the teachers are so kind’ and ‘it’s the kapa haka that I really like’ were handed over to Mr Bayly, who then ceremoni- ously put them in a time capsule. It will be installed in the cavity of the roof of the administration block. “It will only be opened in 2024 when the school turns 50 or maybe later,” says Mr Bayly, who’s been the head of the school since 1997. “I can tell you, 50 is very old. You can then see how handsome and beautiful you were in 2014,” he told the kids, who were eagerly waiting to have a taste of the cup- cakes they’d decorated earlier. Once the students from years 1-6 were back in their classrooms, they were treated to cupcakes and juice as they celebrated the school’s birthday in a truly old-fashioned manner. Earlier in the day, former staff members, students and the board of trustees dropped in at the school to share stories of the good times and precious memories that have stayed with them.
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