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By ANDREA O'NEIL
Titahi Bay parents are on alert
because four children have been
invited into strangers' cars since
No child got into the cars, but
parents have posted warnings on
a Facebook group for Titahi Bay
On July 28, a 9-year-old Titahi
Bay School pupil was approached
at 5pm by strangers in a green
The boy was biking in Dimock
St between Downes St and Main
Rd when the driver, a young man,
offered him a ride home.
He told the driver to stop
following him and raced home, his
mother Loreena Dawson said.
He was shocked when it
For a while we didn't want our
children to go anywhere unless
they were with someone.''
In early July two intermediate
girls were invited into a green
station wagon, after which Titahi
Bay School sent a note home to
parents about stranger danger,
Mrs Dawson said.
Last Tuesday, a 13-year-old
Aotea College student was
walking home along Titahi Bay
Rd at the Takapuwahia traffic
lights when a blue-grey car
stopped next to him.
A man and a woman signalled
for the boy to hop in, the boy's
mother, Liz Smith-Lee-Lo, said.
The boy refused the offer and
told his parents as soon as he got
Ms Smith-Lee-Lo has another
son at Aotea and two children at
Titahi Bay School.
She said she had informed
Aotea about the incident and had
reinforced stranger danger to all
Her son was doing well.
He's good. He knows what to
do next time.''
Police had visited the family
last week and had been conduct-
ing drive-bys of the Bay, Ms
Titahi Bay community con-
stable Hemi Tito said he was
aware of only the incident with
the girls, but said there was no
need for parents to panic.
As far as I'm aware, it's not out
Mr Tito would not name any
areas for children to avoid, but
repeated advice about children
walking familiar routes and walk-
ing with other children.
If children felt threatened they
should go to the nearest house for
help or run home and tell an
adult, Mr Tito said.
Titahi Bay School deputy
principal Deborah Malcolm would
not comment on the issue, but
Titahi Bay North School principal
Steven Caldwell said his pupils
were frequently educated about
Safety is paramount. We tend
to spend a bit of time on it,'' he
He, too, had heard only of the
first incident, but if more children
were approached he would warn
all parents, he said.
If there was something we
would consider a direct threat,
then I would send a letter to
Bill could put heat on money lenders
By KRIS DANDO
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Payday lenders may be forced to
ensure their customers can repay
loans under a bill before Parlia-
ment, but one loan sharks''
campaigner says the bill does not
go far enough.
National's Credit Contracts and
Financial Services Law Reform
Bill is on the order paper at
Parliament, but is yet to have its
Linden resident Andy Shann is
eagerly eyeing another oppor-
tunity to support legislation that
will protect those poor people''
who have no other avenues to get
cash to pay bills.
He has been a vocal opponent of
payday lenders and the interest
rates they charge since he did a
research paper on the subject as
part of his master of laws at Vic-
toria University four years ago.
Kapi-Mana News sought
comment about the bill from some
of the loan companies that have
branches in Porirua.
Instant Finance has 850
customers in Porirua. Chief execu-
tive Richard de Lautour said it
would probably make a sub-
mission as part of the Financial
Services Federation's submission.
He said extensive budgets were
done with borrowers to ensure
they could pay and he would wel-
come a responsible lending code
and tougher penalties on lenders
who misled customers.
He said there had never been
any shortcomings in credit legis-
lation but it does not appear to
ever have been properly enforced''.
In 2010, Mr Shann helped
Labour MPs draft the Credit
Reform (Responsible Lending)
Bill, which proposed caps on inter-
est rates and requirements on
lenders to make sure borrowers
The Bill was defeated by 63
votes to 59.
He said at the time he was
Some payday lender rates were
loans often compounded into four
figures very quickly, he said.
It [the imminent law reform
bill] does not provide for caps on
excessive rates of interest.
Rubbish collector: Leon Chick hates seeing rubbish like this in Onepoto Domain, near his home. Photo: KRIS DANDO
choc chip bribery
By KRIS DANDO
Leon Chick combined one of his
pet peeves with chocolate biscuits
The Titahi Bay 5-year-old
joined a group of his Kura St
classmates and Mana MP Kris
Faafoi in a clean-up of Onepoto
I just want to make it tidier.
There's too much rubbish there,''
Leon has his own blog and a
growing social conscience, accord-
ing to his mother, Claire.
He organised the clean-up as
part of a homework challenge.
He wrote to Mr Faafoi in May,
saying he often saw rubbish in the
I think you should get people to
come and pick rubbish up with
you. I will help too.
You could give everyone a bis-
cuit for helping. I like chocolate
chip biscuits best,'' Leon's letter
Claire hoped the clean-up would
become a regular occurrence but,
if not, she and her family would
continue to pick up rubbish
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