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The bin’s contents were destroyed in the fre, as was its hard plastic shell. Flames left behind a stain on the concrete footpath and there was a strong smell of burnt plastic in the air. “My wife and children were home when this happened,” Mr Sivanathan told the Times. “I put the bin at the roadside for it to be collected, but left it there for an extra day or two. “It may have been kids with a cigarette lighter.” The fre follows blazes started in several large paper recycling bins adjacent to businesses just around the corner in Gooch Place. Howick frefghters responded to an alert from police at about 2am on December 8. Station offcer Colin Dawson was one of the frefghters called to put it out. “These are big bins with metal frames and plastic lids,” he says. “When we arrived several police offcers were already there. “They used a water hose to largely put out the fre and we just put more water onto it. “This had the potential to be major as it’s close to properties.” Several other recent fres are being investigated. They include a grass fre started in Pukekiwiriki Place in East Tamaki at about 8.30pm on December 8, and a vehi- cle trailer set alight in Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga, at about 1.30am on December 9. Counties Manukau fre risk management offcer Phil Faidley says the Whitford Road and Gooch Place incidents are “probably” related to the ongoing series of East Auckland arsons (see www. times.co.nz for previous stories). “We’re getting good descrip- tions of people seen lighting these fres,” he says. “The public is responding to our call for vigilance and police are fol- lowing up leads. “We’re concerned these fres are ongoing and could result in much more serious damage.” Mr Faidley is investigating fres lit this year at schools including Howick and Macleans Colleges, Bucklands Beach Intermediate, and Shelly Park, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Wakaaranga and Point View Primary Schools. Fires have also been lit in public parks, children’s playgrounds and at businesses and clubs. “These fres have real potential to cause a lot of damage,” says Mr Faidley. “I’m of the opinion there is more than one group operating, as there are clusters of fres geographically linked. “These fres are taking up a lot of time. They’ve gone beyond being a nuisance and need to stop. “We’re now seeing them being lit closer to people’s property. It’s only a matter of time before more substantial damage is done.” People with information on deliberately lit fres in East Auck- land since July can phone Counties Manukau East Police on 261-1300, or the Crimestoppers free and anonymous tip-off line on 0800- 555-111. BURNT OUT: Howick's Selvakumar Sivanathan with all that's left of his plastic council recycling bin, destroyed in a deliberately lit fire. Times photo Chris Harrowell Sale boosts centre plans By MARIANNE KELLY AN UPGRADE of a pivotal town centre is expected to gain momentum with the sale of its shopping complex to Kiwi owners. Ladstone Holdings, a private investment company owned by Ross and Dallas Pendergrast, has paid $81.7 million for Westfeld Pakuranga shopping centre. Commercial properties owned by Ladstone include the Rialto Shopping Centre, Newmarket; Carlton DFK Centre, Newmarket; and Meadowbank and Royal Oak shopping centres. Chief executive Kim Bennett says Ladstone has plans to enhance and upgrade the Pakuranga centre in 2013 and is pleased with the scale and natural ft it offers within its Auckland portfolio as a community mall. The centre, on the corner of Pakuranga Highway and Ti Rakau Drive, opened in 1965. It’s at the heart of the Howick Local Board’s Pakuranga Town Centre transformation plan. Public capital expenditure budgeted in the 2012/13- 2021/22 long-term plan includes $2.7m for the Pakuranga Growth Centre infrastructure, and $155,000 for the centre master plan. In its draft local board agreement for 2013/14, the board says planners have presented initial drawings for the transformation of the town centre, including ideas such as an interchange for the new eastern busway from Panmure to Pakuranga and eventually to Botany, as part of AMETI (Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative). Other suggested innovations include a restaurant precinct around a market square and a park connecting to the Tamaki River. To ensure a seamless transition of the shopping centre from Westfeld to Ladstone Pakuranga, which will operate it, Westfeld will continue to manage the complex with the existing management team for about three months to next March 31.
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