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14 — Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, February 16, 2017 www.times.co.nz FOR SALE - By Negotiation View 1-2pm – February 18 & 19, 2017 Pokeno – 59 Hillpark Drive POINTS TO PERFECTION This attractive, architecture-designed home displays an exceptional blend of timeless charm and modern sophistication. One wing containing the master bedroom sporting a walk-in wardrobe come dressing room, an ensuite and extra bedroom, possibly for that little one that needs to be close. The second wing comprising of another two bedrooms and the second bathroom complete with separate toilet. The bespoke kitchen has Smeg appliances, induction cooktop and walk-in pantry. Dining and living area offering indoor outdoor flow onto an extensive patio with views over the reserve. For viewing any time, call: Donna 021 146 0294 or John 021 642 948 PS0771 FUTURE SKILLS ACADEMY ENROL NOW KICK START YOUR CAREER IN 2017 NZ Diploma in Building Surveying (L6) - Manukau and CBD National Certificate in Welding (L3) Gain a AS/NZS2980 welding ticket on completion National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support (L4) Manukau/Auckland CBD /FutureSkillsNZ www.futureskills.co.nz CALL STUDENT SERVICES NOW 0800 580 250 Work in mental health, addiction or dementia care CD1871 ami-Lee Ross MP for Botany Back to basics – keeping locals safe Governments around the world in the 21st century are engaged in all manner of policy areas, all designed in some way to help improve the lives of citizens. There’s one area though, that will always be one of the highest priorities of any work we do. That’s keeping New Zealanders safer. Recently we took our efforts in the law and order space up a significant notch. We announced we will be boost Police staff numbers by another 1100 and spend an extra half a billion doing so. That’s no small investment. Quite rightly, New Zealanders have been telling us that the last year has not seen crime reduce as fast as it had been. Our boost to police numbers of 600 in 2009 was very welcome. But more is required. NZ Police are doing a great job in responding to crime and emergencies. New Zealand is also ranked the fourth safest country in the world. But we have to recognise that there is always more that we can do. That fourth ranking is still not good enough. This new funding boost will provide police and the justice system with greater resources to target crime and respond when needed. The 1110 extra staff will include 880 new frontline officers. They will be sent where they are needed, with five hundred of them out into community policing tackling youth offending, burglaries and community crime. We will also see more officers in important areas like organised crime, child protection, and family violence. With this new investment, our commitment is that 95 per cent of the population will be within 25 kilometres of a police presence at any one time. People – whether in cities, regions or rural areas – will also be able to call a police officer 24/7. We are also committed to ensuring that communities are more secure. It’s back to basics, back to one of the most important jobs of government – keeping locals safe. Jami-Lee Ross Member of Parliament for Botany David Hodge, cur- rently Principal of Rangitoto College, has been appointed to the newly-created po- sition of head of Saint Kentigern, effective from the beginning of Term 2 this year. The appointment fol- lows a restructuring of the organisation that has been under rigor- ous review by the Saint Kentigern Trust Board since head of college Steve Cole announced his retirement this year. Under the new structure, fol- lowing Mr Cole’s retirement, the position of head of college will be disestablished. From the begin- ning of 2017, the former positions of heads of senior and middle schools at the college will be renamed, prin- cipal middle college and principal senior college, with their roles mov- ing towards a full responsibility principalship. In the newly created head of Saint Kentigern role, Mr Hodge will have oversight of all four Saint Kenti- gern schools on the three campuses, with responsibility for providing excellence in the education of more than 2750 students, including pre- schoolers, across the Saint Kenti- gern organisation. “The board believes Mr Hodge has the professional and personal qualities, aligned with Saint Kenti- gern’s vision and values, to provide outstanding leadership,” said board chairman Dr Bruce Goodfellow. For the last 11 years, Mr Hodge has been principal of Rangitoto Col- lege, a Decile 10 school on the North Shore, the largest and most successful co-educa- tional school in New Zealand. “During his tenure, Rangitoto College has enjoyed unprec- edented improvement in its academic per- formance, as well as excelling in co-cur- ricular activities,” Dr Goodfellow said.“Prior to this, Mr Hodge had a most effective period as Principal of Tamaki College, a Decile 1 school in Glen Innes, raising the profile and driving exponential improvement in the educational performance of the school.” Mr Hodge is looking forward to the challenge of this newly created role. “I am honoured and humbled to be given the responsibility to lead Saint Kentigern in its journey to even greater excellence, and to working with the board in realis- ing their vision for Saint Kentigern as a world leader in education,” Mr Hodge said. New head at St Kents VISION: David Hodge is the new head at Saint Kentigern College. Photo supplied LUCKY: Three fire trucks attended the scene of a house fire on Litten Road last week. Times photo Laura Brookes Occupants unharmed in Cockle Bay house fire By LAURA BROOKES Occupants of a Cockle Bay house that caught fire on February 8 are lucky to be safe, said a firefighter at the scene. Three fire trucks and a police vehicle attended the scene on Litten Road, where a two- storey house was burning. The occupants were shaken but unharmed. Station officer John Searle confirmed his team received the emergency call at 7:37am and sent two fire engines, before realising multiple calls had been received about the property and deciding to send a third vehicle. “It was very lucky we got here when we did,” said Mr Searle. “Another five minutes and it would have been totalled. We managed to protect the character of the house, and the occupants were unharmed. It was a very good save.” An investigation is still ongoing and there is no conclusive cause as of yet. The incident is being treated as not suspicious.
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