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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday October 14
www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, October 14, 2013 --- 5 Golfers provide healthy boost to hospice funds Pakuranga Country Club, 199 Botany Road Ph 534 3818 • www.pakurangagolf.co.nz ADVERTORIAL 124441 From left to right: Alan Beal, CEO Totara Hospice South Auckland; ■ Peter Hutchinson, Managing Director Simmonds Lumber NZ; Ross Baigent, President Pakuranga Golf Club. Amassive $20,000 was raised for one of the district's most worthy causes when 108 golfers recently swung into action for the 22nd Simmonds Lumber Totara Hospice South Auckland Charity Golf Day hosted and promoted by the Pakuranga Golf Club. While the weather was perfect for great results, no one managed to drive away in the major prize of a 2013 Subaru Forester 2.5i valued at $47,990 for a hole in one on hole 11. This is now saved for another day! However, a very successful auction, together with other proceeds from the day's event, resulted in the CEO of Totara Hospice South Auckland Alan Beal receiving the $20,000 cheque. It was presented to him jointly by Ross Baigent, president of the Pakuranga Golf Club and Peter Hutchinson, CEO of the major sponsor, Simmonds Lumber NZ. Results -- Best gross overall - Sun Alliance Cup - Vic Holmes 76; Best Nett Gwen Jarman Memorial Cup - Michael Gu 64; Veteran's Division - Best stableford - Diehards Cup - Norm Crowe 43 points; Best stableford overall - DH Kim 44 points. Divison 1 -- Best Nett - Max Tomes 65; Best stableford - David Clifton41 points. Division 2 -- Best Nett - Brian Wilkins 64; Best stableford - Dave Millar 42 points; Veteran's Division; Best stableford - Norm Crowe 43 points. Longest drive: Shane Coles; Closest to the pin Hole 6: Mike Hall; Closest to the pin Hole 8: Mitch Tatterson; Closest to the pin Hole 11: Cliff Halsey; Closest to the pin Hole 15: Tom Hepburn. Thank you to all our major sponsors and supporters By CHRIS HARROWELL THE charred remains of a boat and motorbike are among all that’s left from a garage fre that was visible to people more than three kilometres away. Howick and Otara station fre- fghters responded to the blaze at the two-storey residential prop- erty in Bucklands Beach shortly after 7pm on October 3. Howick station offcer John Searle says his fre crew was off- station when the emergency call came in. He could see smoke emanating from the fre at the house in Sor- rel Crescent from Stockade Hill in Howick, more than 3km from the blaze. Mr Searle says the fre was started accidentally and is not con- sidered suspicious. “The garage was totally involved in fre when we arrived,” he told the Times. “A motor vehicle parked in the property’s driveway ignited from the heat also.” Several people living at the address were home when the fre began. A male tenant tried unsuccess- fully to extinguish the blaze just after it broke out. He was later treated for minor injuries to his hands by St John Ambulance paramedics. “The fre began outside the garage and spread inside it,” says Mr Searle. “There was total smoke damage inside the basement. “There was also a great deal of heat, but not much fre inside the house itself. “The fre got into the roof cavity of the upstairs part of the home.” Destroyed in the fre were a boat, motorbike, and a child’s bicy- cle, among other items. Mr Searle says when frefght- ers arrived at the property they didn’t know if anyone was trapped inside. “Our frst concern was to carry out a search of the main living area and contain the fre,” he says. “In the upstairs part of the prop- erty there was no fre or smoke damage. That whole level was saved. “We were very lucky, as when we arrived there was an off-duty freman there who lives in the street. He assisted us with running our hoses. “It was also nice to see neigh- bours come forward to the home’s occupants with kind offers of accommodation.” The property’s female occupant had safely got herself and her chil- dren out of the house by the time frefghters got to the scene. “Had we arrived a little bit later it would have been worse,” says Mr Searle. “A few hundred thousand dol- lars’ worth of damage was pre- vented from happening.” The last frefghters left the scene at about midnight on Thurs- day, October 3. Among the Sorrel Crescent resi- dents affected by the incident were Deepa Jain and her family. Mrs Jain, who lives next door to the fre-damaged property, was putting her rubbish out when she smelt smoke. Her daughter, 15-year-old Macleans College pupil Pranika Arisht, phoned emergency serv- ices on 111 when they realised their neighbour’s garage was alight. “We were so scared,” says Mrs Jain. “We were thinking that if their motor vehicle exploded the fre could spread over here. “It was very bad and the fames were so high.” Mrs Jain and her family were evacuated from their property while frefghters brought the blaze next door under control. They were allowed back inside their home at about 8.15pm. Residents flee from blaze GUTTED: A garage at a residential property in Bucklands Beach was badly damaged by fire on October 3. Times photo Chris Harrowell Dodgy meter readers going door to door By CHRIS HARROWELL RESIDENTS of South-East Auckland are being advised to watch out for people falsely claiming to be electricity meter readers. Counties Manukau Police communications manager Kimberley Mathews says reports have been received of people dressed in high-visibility clothing knocking on a person’s front door and asking for a copy of their power bill. They may also enter a property and pretend to look for power boxes to read meters. Incidents have been reported in East Tamaki, Otara, Weymouth, Manurewa and Papakura. “It’s possible these people are scoping out properties for future offending, or to see if anyone is home before attempting to break in,” says Ms Mathews. “The latest offender reported is described as a Caucasian man in his late 30s, who was wearing a high-visibility vest. “This description is similar to that of a suspicious man seen in Papakura on August 6, who claimed to be a meter reader.” Ms Mathews says legitimate meter readers should display their offcial identifcation on their top pocket and drive a company vehicle. “Police urge residents to ask to see the meter reader’s company ID before allowing anyone on their property to check the power meter or anything else. “Company branding on a high-visibility vest is not suffcient. “We advise people not to let anyone into their home if they aren’t sure who the person is and aren’t expecting them on their property,” says Ms Mathews. Homeowners can phone Counties Manukau Police with a description of the suspicious individual on 261-1300.
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