Kapi-Mana News : April 10th 2012
3 KAPI-MANA NEWS, APRIL 10, 2012 NEWS 4295549AN 3847163AA Wheeler s Guardian FUNERAL HOME NORTH CITY Loans for all reasons ADELPHI FINANCE Amounts $500 to $5000 KM112259 FAST Approval CASH NOW Level 3, Adelphi House, Hartham Place, Porirua PH: 237 4171 *All Loans Subject to Normal Lending Criteria Loans for all reasons Providing Cash Solutions 40 Years of Financial Service Crime stats a mixed result By KRIS DANDO People feel safe in Porirua, assures the new Kapiti Mana police commander, but the latest crime stats still reveal some worrying trends. Released last week, the figures for 2011 show that the number of recorded offences is down 4.2 per cent compared with 2010, the second best rate in the region behind Lower Hutt. Robbery offences are down 47 per cent, fraud 11 per cent, drug crime 6 per cent and property damage 9 per cent. Public disorder saw the biggest fall -- 35 per cent. Any decreases in crime we report is a good thing, there s no doubt about that, says inspector John Price. But the numbers show 8483 victims out there and that s too many. There were no homicides recorded in the Kapiti-Mana district (Porirua and Kapiti) in 2011, down from one in 2010. However, burglary offences were up 21 per cent in 2011, while theft (9 per cent) and sexual assault (41 per cent) saw disconcerting upsurges. Mr Price says one of his priorities is ensur- ing the daily, weekly and monthly monitor- ing of crime is conducted. Patterns will emerge and resources can be committed accordingly. We re constantly looking at data and victims reports so we can prevent things from happening in the first place, if we re able to. There are seasonal trends we re aware of and plenty of spikes at certain times of the year. The increase in the reporting of family viol- ence incidents shows there is more trust in police, he says, which can t be measured by statistics . The impression he has from police staff and residents is Porirua and Kapiti are not areas riddled with crime. We want a safe place for our community to live, work, play and visit and I think, by and large, we have that. What this comes down to is residents look- ing out for one another and police staff work- ing hard to achieving these reductions. Gift books bring smiles Page turners: Diving into their free dictionaries from Rotary are Glenview pupils Jerico Koia, 7, Te Horowai Makatea, 10, and Ngunborzi Hlawnching, 8. By ANDREA O'NEIL A Porirua Rotary president was mobbed like a rock star when she gifted 50 dictionar- ies to Glenview School kids last Tuesday. Kylie Wihapi of Rotary s Sundown Porirua chapter was surrounded by a throng of pupils begging for her auto- graph in their brand new books. The kids get really excited and they think it s great, Mrs Wihapi said. A total of 276 new illus- trated dictionaries will be given to pupils at seven decile one schools in Porirua East this month -- Glenview, Corinna, Cannons Creek, Holy Family, Maraeroa, Natone Park, Tairangi and Windley. The dictionaries cost $30 each in shops. They are for children to take home, while two will go to each school s library, Mrs Wihapi said. We re helping them not only at school but at home, she says. These are the kinds of things they can be proud of. We believe it s beneficial to them, especially for low decile kids. Glenview s year 3 to 6 students were over the moon about their gifts. It s awesome. It ll help me with my homework, Te Horowai Makatea said. Pupil Timothy Davies reckons he s got a good enough vocabulary to act as a human dictionary for his schoolmates but even he was stumped by words like chro- matology and breathalyse . Glenview deputy principal Lester Mohi said the diction- aries would be a huge boost. We re all talented budding writers here and we know your gift will help us along the way, he told Mrs Wihapi. New law to bite hard on errant loan sharks By ANDREA O'NEIL Loan sharks will be harshly punished for targeting vulner- able people under a proposed law change. A reform of loan laws was launched in Porirua last week by consumer affairs minister Chris Tremain, who has since been replaced in the role by Simon Bridges. It would make it illegal for money lenders to give loans to people who would clearly struggle to pay it back. Fines for taking advantage of the needy would be $100,000 for an individual or $300,000 for a company. Lenders will need to be more clear about the terms of a loan and will not be able to repossess essential household items if the borrower defaults. We don t think lenders should be able to knock on your door and take anything they want because you defaulted on a $200 loan, Mr Tremain said. Huge amounts of people struggle to pay back loans issued by unscrupulous and irresponsible lenders, Mr Tremain said.
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