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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday July 28 2014
www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, July 28, 2014 — 3 Your rates work hard all around Auckland Rates 2014/2015 Your rates are used to pay for things that make Auckland such a great place to live, such as improved public transport, events and parks, as well our continued investment in community facilities and infrastructure. Auckland Council has worked hard to reduce the average rates increase to 2.5 per cent. The council has a policy to slowly reduce the rates differential on business properties over a ten-year period. Currently business pays value based general rates that are 2.53 times that of a residential property. This year it is being reduced to 2.43, which will mean that residential and farm/ lifestyle properties will pay the difference. When combined with the average rates increase, the result is an average increase of 3.7 per cent for non- business properties and an average change of 0.1 per cent for business. July 2014 saw the start of the third year of Auckland Council’s three-year move to a single rating system. This means that over time, all Auckland properties of a similar value and use will be charged a similar amount of rates. The transition process helps manage the rates changes, with the maximum that rates can rise for residential and farm/lifestyle properties capped at 10 per cent and the lowest they can drop is 3 per cent. Business ratepayers have transitioned to their new rates amount, having moved from their 2011/2012 rates amount in near-equal steps over the three-year period. Rates notices will be sent out from early August. For more information and to check out an estimate of your 2014/2015 rates, visit: aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/rates OG_AC2826_HPT 125999 126614 if you bring in this advert before August 31, 2014. 126151 Massive Winter Sale Huge Reductions! Motivated for sick children NEW Zealand’s leading in-home childcare provider is on a charity fundraising drive for child cancer with a variety of events around the country. Regional offices have taken up a One- Day Challenge to collect money for the charity and encourage families to support the cause. Howick PORSE relationship consultant Karyn Webster says PORSE’s passion is helping Kiwi children and families grow stronger. “We are inspired by the work the Child Cancer Foundation does and the brave children and families who are fighting every day to get well.” The Howick office has organised My Gym Day for this Thursday, when children can get active with PORSE. “We’re encouraging children and families to come along to jump, tumble, balance and have fun, knowing they are helping children less fortunate,” says Ms Webster. For more information, phone the PORSE Howick office on 273-9790. Stage contest postponed THE Xtreme Talent Quest at Uxbridge, Howick’s creative centre, has been postponed. The annual stage competition for East Auckland teens was to be held at the public arts centre in Uxbridge Road from August 4 to September 6. It is now being staged next March. Uxbridge programmes and events manager Ashley Grogan says: “Our contestants are really busy with school productions, exam preparation and other commitments. “For that reason we have decided to change the date to a less busy and crucial time of year. “We are excited however that we have new prizes, contest judges and guest performances for next year’s competition. “It’s going to be better than ever.” For more information on the postponement of the Xtreme Talent Quest stage contest, phone Mrs Grogan on 535- 6467, email firstname.lastname@example.org. NEWS BITES TEAM EFFORT: Howick music teacher Sean Murphy, left, helped Counties Manukau East Police acting sergeant Debbie Harries recover a rare saxophone allegedly stolen during a burglary last May. Times photo Chris Harrowell Sting leads to missing sax By Chris harrowell aPOPULAR Howick music teacher stepped well outside his comfort zone to help police catch a man allegedly trying to sell a valuable stolen saxophone. Sean Murphy, known as Dr Toot, took part in a sting operation run by Counties Manukau East Police officers to recover the unique musical instrument on July 14. A police investigation began when a home in Epsom, Central Auckland, was broken into last May. Taken from the Claude Road property were a lawnmower and a unique vintage Selmer saxo- phone made in the 1950s and worth about $10,000. The brass instru- ment was allegedly stolen from the back of a motor vehicle parked at the house. The saxophone’s 23-year-old owner and his father contacted Auckland musical instrument dealers to alert them to the theft. Mr Murphy became involved when a man contacted him on July 13 claiming to have a Selmer saxo- phone for sale. “When he contacted me I knew the other saxophone had been sto- len,” he told the Times. “He emailed me photos of the instrument and its serial number and I checked it against the stolen one. “I thought bingo, we’ve got it. It was then just a question of how we would get it back.” Mr Murphy told the instru- ment’s owner in Epsom he had been offered it for sale and police were informed. Counties Manukau East Police acting sergeant Debbie Harries began working with Mr Murphy on a plan to recover the Selmer saxophone. Mr Murphy arranged a meeting at a Botany car park with the man trying to sell it. “Sean was determined to get the instrument back to its rightful owner,” says Ms Harries. “They met in the car park at 5.30pm on July 14 while we had a couple of unmarked police cars nearby. “Sean met with the man and was shown the saxophone. “He said he would phone his wife to make sure it’s okay for him to buy it, but he phoned me and gave the signal it was the right saxophone.” Police swarmed the area. The man who had tried to sell the alleg- edly stolen saxophone was taken into custody along with his female partner and charged by police. Ms Harries says Mr Mur- phy did a great job. “He really stepped up to the mark and helped us out,” she says. “I gave him a lot of reas- surance that we were only a phone call away during the meeting, but he was still quite apprehensive. “We’re grateful to Sean for the way he did the right thing by helping to recover the instrument and return it to its owner.” Mr Murphy is reluctant to admit that he did anything extraordinary. “I think I was calm on the out- side [during the car park meeting], but I was nervous on the inside,” he says. “Debbie was amazing. She came to see me twice and explained they weren’t asking me to do anything and that it was entirely my choice. “It was the right thing to do and I knew it had to be done. There was no question in my mind. “Anyone else would have done the same thing if they were put in that situation.” Ms Harries encourages people to record the serial numbers of all valuable and electronic property at the website www.snap.org.nz, which helps police trace the own- ers of recovered stolen items.
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