Kapi-Mana News : October 11th 2011
3 KAPI-MANA NEWS, OCTOBER 11, 2011 NEWS Wheeler's Guardian FUNERAL HOME NORTH CITY SPECIALS END 16-10-11 FFRREESSHH NNZZ PPOORRKK!!!!!! www.prestonsmasterbutchers.co.nz HARBOURSIDE; 16 PARUMOANA ST, PORIRUA 04 237 7313 CRACKLING $9.99kg ROLLED ROASTS CHINED CUTLETS CHOPS & $9.99kg STEAK MINCE $9.99kg 3924210AJ 2 N P B i i g e by P a e P i a M ay F i ay 10.00 a 3.00 P MANA MP | P 4 4 E m n .e ecto te@p i ment.go t.n A t o i e b K i F oi, Le e , e b P ce, Po i MP f Ma a Kr FAAFOI 2 3923814AC Dive in crime persists By KAROLINE TUCKEY Kapiti-Mana is the safest area to live in the region, according to the latest police figures, with the lowest number of reported crimes per head of population and a falling crime rate. Total reported crime in the Kapiti Mana policing area for the year to June 2011 was the lowest in the region per head of population for the second year running, falling by almost five per cent from the 2009-2010 -- 8801 cases down from 9247. The drop matches a national and regional reduction, with total crimes reported in the Wel- lington policing district down 3.2 per cent, and national figures down of 5.8 per cent. Results show the Kapiti Mana area could be the most honest in the Wellington district, with the lowest proportion of theft, bur- glary and fraud offences per head of population, as well as the lowest rate of drug offences (38.3 per 10,000 people). Kapiti Mana had drops in reported crime of more than 10 per cent in robbery, burglary, public disorder and drug-related offences, though reported sexual assaults (82, up from 75), and abduction and harassment related offences (446 from 402) each rose by almost 10 per cent. There were no murders in the area during the last year. Kapiti Mana area commander John Spence says the overall reported crime reduction shows the progress police are making in the community. It reflects the fact that it's a safe area, it's a good area to work and it's a good area to live, and it reflects the hard work that our staff are doing, not only us, but across the district. There has been a push on burglaries. We've managed to reduce it from very high levels 10 years ago.'' The reduction in public order offences was also due to a con- certed effort after a public out- cry late in 2010 against assaults, thefts and anti-social behaviour mostly by teenage girls in the central CBD. Those public order offences were happening mostly in the Porirua city centre. We've increased community patrols with our community constable, and we'll be focusing on that in the summer months,'' he says. Comparably high figures for crimes that typically victimise women, such as sexual assault and harassment were a concern, though he believed the figures reflected more people coming forward to report them to police, including some reporting his- torical crimes. The report does not dis- tinguish between types of assaults, however Kapiti Mana police have also been dealing with more domestic violence, he says. Domestic violence has increased, and we know that's because it's been reported more, people are coming forward, which we are happy with. We believe more people realise it's wrong, and they can report it safely and it will be dealt with.'' Farewell to principal By KRIS DANDO Many tributes: Bishop Viard's principal Hedley Aitken will walk out of Bishop Viard College for the last time this Friday, with plenty of compliments ringing in his ears. Hedley Aitken says goodbye to Bishop Viard College this week, and the outpouring of affection for the long-serving principal knows no bounds. There have been a number of functions in his honour in the past weeks, including a mass and com- munity farewell. It has been an emotional time, Mr Aitken says, as he prepares to leave the school he has presided over for 15 years. Typically, he has seen the events as a chance to celebrate the students, staff and the school's place in the community, rather than have the focus squarely on him. It's been very humbling, being part of this school environment, with its unique character, for so long. There is a strong family atmosphere here and I'm proud that the students can articulate the values I hold so dear. It is sad to go but the time is right.'' Mr Aitken made the decision following plenty of reflection'' in the break after term one this year. A new principal, Theresa Cargo, starts in the final term. Although he started his teach- ing career in Feilding, and spent time at St Pat's College (Silver- stream), his commitment to schools in Porirua is well-known. He has had 28 years in this city, working at Porirua College before his tenure at Viard, the school's first lay principal. Living in Plimmerton, he had a relaxed commute, commenting that the car almost drives itself here [to the college]''. It's a wonderful community, special in terms of its support for each other.'' He says his aim has always been to raise the academic achievement of his pupils in a holistic way. The onset of NCEA and, lat- terly, national standards, made for challenging'' times for both staff and students. Fifteen years ago, a role such as his would be to administrate'' but today is much more about hands- on leadership, as well as dealing with the inevitable bureaucracy. There is more analysing and monitoring'' than ever before, and Mr Aitken believes modern principals need to understand every subject the school offers in its curriculum. Head girl Shanti Brown says under his leadership, the school has a unique spirit that makes it a comfortable and safe place for our students''. A move to Raumati beckons Mr Aitken, so fishing and other pursuits could be on the cards. He hopes to keep busy with work in the education sector next year, but ruefully admits his wife likely has a list of jobs for him around the house.
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