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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, January 21, 2013 --- 3 117900 HOWICK TYRES & ALIGNMENT trading as Beaurepaires Howick Howick Ward Community Ca alendar 2013 2013 Howick Calendars $10 Proceeds to charity EA BATHROOMDIRECT DESIGN. CREATE. RENOVATE. 117897 50% DISCOUNT VCF800 Bathroom Floor Standing Vanity NORMALLY $799 NOW $399 Strictly while stocks last • Modern curved stylish design • High quality cabinetry • Finished in white 2 pot lacquer paint ﬁnish • Featuring soft close cupboard doors • Full width 800mm wide basin • Durable acrylic marble basin top, featuring water overﬂow protection • Tons of storage space • Dimensions: 800w x 455d x 860h Showroom located at: 5 Smales Road, East Tamaki, Auckland. Ph 913 3110 www.bathroomdirect.co.nz By CHRIS HARROWELL ARMED police offcers swooped on a public reserve after receiving reports of peo- ple using frearms. Counties Manukau East Police were called to Omana Regional Park in Maraetai at about 8.30pm on January 12 after an Auckland Council park ranger received com- plaints from several members of the public. Two men and several youths were allegedly seen fring air rifes and drinking alcohol at the west- ern end of the park, which was crowded with holiday campers. Police sergeant Kylie Newton says he and four constables arrived at the park and armed themselves, approaching the group on foot. “A thorough search of the camp- site located three air rifes con- cealed under a mattress, a small quantity of air rife pellets and alcohol,” Mr Newton told the Times. “One of the men said he was there having target practise and meant no harm. “We checked the area and found two plastic bottles secured toafenceinfrontofa small area of trees near where the men were sleep- ing rough. “Walking around the trees, we found a young family camping with an infant asleep in one of the tents.” Police arrested the two men, aged 36 and 40 and from Manurewa, and seized three .177-calibre frearms. The pair is charged with dis- charging a frearm in a public place. One of the men appeared in the Manukau District Court on Janu- ary 17 and the other on January 18. “The air rifes had a muzzle velocity of about 1100 feet per sec- ond and could easily have reached the camping family,” Mr Newton says. “Neither of the men had a fre- arms licence, but they don’t require one for an air rife as they’re over the age of 18. “This type of behaviour is par- ticularly stupid for a number of reasons, namely fring an air rife in a public reserve and drinking alco- hol while in control of frearms. “It unnecessarily endangered members of the public, and breached the Arms Act. “It serves as a reminder to be sensible when handling frearms of any sort.” Mr Newton wishes to publicly recognise and thank the park ranger who frst raised the alarm. Senior sergeant Lau- rie Culpan, response manager for Counties Manukau East Police, says people using frearms of any kind must ensure they do so safely. “They should always point the frearm in a safe direction and treat every frearm as loaded,” he says. “People must also never point one in the direction of a person, or use one while under the infuence of drugs or alcohol. “Police will always treat any frearms incident as serious, which generally means an armed response.” Mr Newton says it was a relief to the police offcers involved that the situation didn’t escalate. “Something like this isn’t an eve- ryday occurrence,” he says. “We were very pleased no one was injured and that the men surrendered without making a stand.” Response to gun threat WARNING: Police sergeant Kylie Newton displays three air rifles seized from men who were allegedly using them to shoot at targets in a crowded public camping ground. Times photo Chris Harrowell Teachers' art goes on show F ➤ romPage1 Mr Appleton started teaching land, sea and cityscape acrylic painting at Uxbridge in March last year. “Teaching to me is about passing on knowledge,” Mr Appleton told the Times. “If you’ve got knowledge, you should pass it onto the next person.” The 66-year-old enjoys seeing his students develop their abilities and grow as artists. “At the start of the term, some of them have limited knowledge and by the end of it they’ve produced an artwork they can hang on their wall,” he says. “I’ve had students who entered pieces in exhibitions last year and some of them sold. They get a big thrill out of that. “You also see students progressing. Some of them are complete beginners, so you’re starting with a blank canvas. “By the end of term, they’ve produced something they’re proud of.” The former Bucklands Beach Yacht Club commodore works with acrylic and oil paints in his own practice and says the East Auckland art scene is booming. “It’s very vibrant and I think Uxbridge is a fantastic part of our community. “When you’re teaching, you feel like you’re giving something back. This exhibition is a chance for students to come and see our work. They may think ‘that’s the sort of thing I’d like to paint’.” Masterclass runs at the arts centre at 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick, from January 25 to February 14. It opens with the meet the tutors evening at 6.30pm on January 24. Entry is free and most works are for sale. As part of the exhibition, painter ■ Amanda Brett gives an artist demonstration in the Uxbridge Gallery from 10-11am on January 26. Mr Appleton will give an artist demonstration from 12-1pm on January 26, while Uxbridge art tutors Maria Fowler and Simon Misdale discuss their artistic techniques and style at 11am on February 9.
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