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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, December 2, 2013 --- 3 50% O WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 4 9AM-4PM THURSDAY DECEMBER 5 9AM-4PM FRIDAY DECEMBER 6 9AM-4PM SATURDAY DECEMBER 7 9AM-2PM ALL CHILDREN'S BOOKS FOUR DAYS ONLY 21 LADY RUBY DRIVE, EAST TAMAKI 124398 SALE 122319-V2 3/230 Wellington St, Howick. Ph 534 5580. Any additional charges would have to be approved by the customer before we commence any work SUMMER OFFER! 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With his eyes on a career in medicine, possibly surgery, Brian starts a biomedical science course at Auckland University next. “I have to do biomed in the frst year and then select specifc courses after that,” he says. He must achieve at least an A- grade throughout the year. “Even that grade doesn’t guar- antee I’ll be able to continue into medicine.” Helping him along the way is a large scholarship awarded by the university. “It’ll cover all of my compulsory costs for the frst three years and also an extra $2500 student allow- ance,” says Brian. “It’s worth up to $50,000 and will be a massive boost.” The scholarship is awarded to students who are all-rounders, demonstrate academic excellence and leadership, and are motivated to research. Academically, Brian qualifes. He’s this year’s Pakuranga College proxime accessit (dux runner-up), and last year sat three level 3 NCEA exams as a year 12 pupil. He’s also co-captain of the col- lege’s First XI boys’ hockey team that fnished in the top four of the Auckland A-grade competition and second at the national secondary schools tournament in Carterton. “It has been a very busy year,” says Brian. As one of two head boys, he says his position has included being a face of the school, a role model and a lot of administration, especially for the school ball and graduation dinner. “I’ve really enjoyed it and being able to interact with students.” Brian’s also vice-chairman of the Howick Youth Council that meets every two weeks, and applied to be Maurice Williamson’s youth MP earlier this year. “The youth council organised a youth conference to make a sub- mission on the Auckland Coun- cil’s Unitary Plan, and also a youth health expo.” Away from all of those commit- ments, Brian has been a member of a jazz band for two years and plays guitar, drums and piano. To relax, he either gets a book out, or his guitar. “I haven’t had a lot of chances to do that this year. Now exams are over, I’ll be making the most of it.” The son of Justin and Leah Yeom, Brian was born on the North Shore and lived in South Korea for three years. His younger brother Daniel was born in South Korea before the family returned to New Zealand in 2000. Daniel is a year 12 student and house leader at Pakuranga College. Principal Michael Williams is delighted for Brian. “He has achieved and devel- oped skills at all levels – academic, sporting, leadership, service and, above all, integrity. “Our community is very lucky we have people with those capa- bilities going out there.” Mr Williams says Brian exempli- fes a Pakuranga College graduate. Brian is equally as happy with his time at the college. “This school offers everything and, I think, any parent would do well to send their child here. “All the tools are here to help them succeed in any feld they choose,” says Brian. “It’s a supportive environment and teachers push us to achieve and also offer opportunities that wouldn’t normally be available. I don’t think I’d be the same person if I’d gone to a different school.” Year of high achievement EXCELLING: Pakuranga College head boy Brian Yeom and principal Michael Williams. Times photo David McPherson THE Automobile Association (AA) condemns the activity of used car dealers selling unwarrantable cars. But it says buyers also need to protect themselves by taking reasonable steps to avoid purchasing a lemon. The issue was highlighted recently in the news media, with claims that a consumer bought an unwarranted car from a registered dealer. The law requires vehicles being sold to have a current Warrant of Fitness (WoF) less than a month old. AA motoring advice manager Andrew Bayliss says a WoF is a check to ensure a vehicle meets minimum safety standards and at least ensures that at the time of certifying, those elements are sound. “However, a WoF doesn’t take into account mechanical soundness or even something basic like a cam belt that needs replacing,” he says. “While responsible sellers want the best for their customers, consumers need to be alert when looking to buy a used car and use common sense. “Unfortunately, there are always going to be some unscrupulous people selling cars, who will take advantage of those who know little about vehicles or the process.” Consumer warning about warrants 'The lowest of the low' F ➤ romPage1 Mr Devane is shocked someone would target an organisation assisting military veterans. “It’s the lowest of the low,” he says. “The RSA is there to help older people, who go there for a quiet drink and meal. “It provides a fantastic service to the community. “Targeting it is absolutely disgraceful.” Offces used by two Howick RSA staff members, including manager Clint Leger, were ransacked during the burglary. “A fairly signifcant amount of money was stolen, but nobody got hurt,” says Mr Leger. “It could have been a lot worse. “My offce door was damaged and they smashed four windows on the roof. “There’s no honour in a crime like this. “We decided to open for trade last Thursday, so if they [thieves] drive past they’ll see we’re open. “We won’t let them break us down.” Howick RSA president Mike Cole says the burglary has caused disruption to staff and members. “They trashed the place,” he says, of the thieves. “We’re fully insured and will recover from this, but it will cost us because of our insurance excess. “Our members are quite angry.” Mr Cole encourages people with information on the break-in to do the right thing. “They should contact the police,” he says. “The sooner we get these people [thieves] off the street, the better off society will be. “We’re thankful the place was empty at the time. “We also want to thank the police. They did a good job.” People with information on the burglary committed at the Howick RSA in Wellington Street, between 4-5am last Thursday, November 28, can phone police sergeant Paul Devane on 362-1132, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers tip-off line on 0800-555-111.
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