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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, May 2, 2013 --- 3 OG_AC1888 120309-v2 BRING YOUR TAT TY OLD HANDBAG INTO 101 &BEINTOWINONEOF 3 LOUENHIDE DESIGNER HANDBAGS FOR MUM THIS MOTHER'S DAY. Handbags will be displayed instore at 101. Howick's three ugliest 'Old Bags' will be judged and winners notified on Friday May 10 - just in time for Mother's Day. RETAIL STORE ADDRESS 1 COOK ST, HOWICK TELEPHONE +64 9 535 2101 1084131 By CHRIS HARROWELL DESPITE once being caught in the middle of a riot, and hav- ing a spider lay its eggs under his skin, Tony Curry enjoyed al- most every minute of his overseas mission. The Counties Manukau East Police sergeant returned to work in Auckland on March 23, after completing a year-long stint in the offce of East Timor’s police com- missioner under the umbrella of the United Nations. Originally from Newcastle, Eng- land, the father-of-two put his name forward for the deployment after hearing a police colleague talk about their own overseas experience. Before leaving for East Timor, also known as Timor-Leste, in December, 2011, he underwent a series of medical examinations, including a blood test and multiple injections. Mr Curry also completed four- wheel drive and water safety courses, due to the number of fash foods the small nation has. During his year with the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste, he was put in charge of community policing for the national police of East Timor. “It was great and a real eye- opener,” Mr Curry told the Times, of his overseas deployment. “When you come from a place like New Zealand and then go over there it has a Third World feel. “The country has basic facilities and training, but it’s developing quickly and heading in the right direction.” Early last year, Timorese people voted in presidential elections and celebrated the 10th anniversary of their country’s independence from Indonesia. Mr Curry was then based in the capital Dili, and in Liquica district, and he and fellow UN police offc- ers mobilised for both events in case of trouble. While the presidential election ran smoothly, it wasn’t without nervous moments. “There were 1200 UN police offcers to support the peace and hold everything down,” Mr Curry says. “One Timorese fellow was shot by the local cops and several hun- dred people started rioting and throwing rocks. “We had 53 police cars damaged in one night and I was in the mid- dle of all that. “They can throw a rock as accu- rately as we can shoot a gun.” Mr Curry used his time in East Timor as a chance to improve a number of his policing skills, including in frearms handling and communication. Six months into his stint, he joined a special UN project team and spent three months travelling through the country and inter- viewing Timorese police district commanders. “Communication skills are eve- rything over there,” he says. “I learned to speak a bit of the main language, Tetum, but the Timorese also speak a number of different languages. “On the whole the people were very interested in us and engaged. Everyone was very receptive.” One of his low points came in October last year. An unknown species of spider laid its eggs, which turned toxic, underneath the skin on Mr Curry’s neck. He managed to fnd some strong medication to take which healed the infection. As a devoted family man, it was a struggle for Mr Curry to be away from his wife Amanda and chil- dren Charlotte, 19, and 15-year-old Adam. He was the last Kiwi cop to leave East Timor. “I only saw the kids a couple of times during the year,” he says. “It was very hard, especially when I’ve got to come home and essentially reinvent myself into the family. “I couldn’t have done it without Amanda, and the kids were fan- tastic. The hardest bit was leav- ing them behind. It does make you appreciate everything you’ve got and realise how spoilt we are. “In some parts of Timor there are open sewers and people are living in mud huts. “You realise how lucky you are to live in New Zealand.” OE brings fresh outlook BACK HOME: Counties Manukau East Police sergeant Tony Curry spent a year helping to improve East Timor's police force. Times photo Chris Harrowell Art talent exhibited F ➤ romPage1 The family-friendly event at the cabin in Wakelin Road includes a bouncy castle, sausage sizzle, and craft activities for children, thanks to support from the Beachlands Community Trust. Organiser Christina Rodriguez will have a number of her acrylic paintings and mixed media artworks on show. “We want to have more local artists display their work, and I would also like to hold more regular exhibitions,” the schoolteacher told the Times. Mrs Rodriguez enjoys capturing local scenes on canvas and says she paints for enjoyment rather than to earn money. Two of the other artists taking part are painter Helen Blair and expert woodturner Ross Johnson. Mrs Blair’s recent creations include a depiction of a person fshing in the sea at Snapper Rock, Beachlands. “I went down there one day with my paints and easel and my husband and other people were fshing off the rocks,” Mrs Blair says. “I just really like the refections happening in the puddles. It really inspired me to paint it.” From the quality of the pieces he creates, it’s hard to believe Mr Johnson has been turning wood for only four years. He will display up to 70 of his mostly native timber pieces, including vases, bowls, pens and babies’ rattles. Mr Johnson’s skills recently earned him several accolades. He won four prizes, including two for frst place, at the Coca-Cola Easter Show Art Awards. “I’ve got a lathe and workshop at home and I’m lucky to have the space,” says Mr Johnson, of Maraetai. “I like a challenge, and while I’ve broken a few pieces on the way that’s what you expect.” The Log Cabin Art Exhibition is on May 10-12 at the Log Cabin, at the northern end of Wakelin Road, Beachlands. It’s open 6.30-10pm on May 10 and from 9.30am-7pm on May 11-12. Entry is free and all works are for sale.
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