Waiheke Marketplace : February 24th 2016
stuff.co.nz FEBRUARY 24, 2016, WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE Police sarge starts in March DIANAWORTHY Potential law-breakers will need to be on their toes when new Waiheke Police sergeant Chris Kerekere takes over. The 38-year-old is starting his new job after most recently working as an Auckland Police detective sergeant for the Auckland City Criminal Investigation Branch and the city drug squad. ‘‘With my organised crime investigation background, I’ll be able to educatemyteam,’’ he says. Work in child protection and family violence also feature among his specialities. Before that, he worked in vari- ous roles and as a detective in Rotorua, where he was born and brought up. And he completed a stint as police station head at the Bay of Plenty’s isolated township of Murupara, which comprises 60,000 residents. So he is no city boy at heart and has been pining for more contact with the leafy, green environment. ‘‘Since working in Auckland, I’ve missed the forests and lakes. It’s beautiful landscape. ‘‘We’re excited to be moving to Waiheke.’’ Kerekere is moving to Kennedy Point at the beginning of March with wife Brooke and their children Hunter, 6, Beau, 8, Kaiah, 10, and Jayden, 16. The younger children have Chris and Brooke Kerekere are looking forward to theirmove toWaiheke with daughter Kaiah, sons Beau [bottom left] and Hunter. Eldest son Jayden (not pictured) will also be moving with them. been enrolled at Te Huruhi primary school while Jayden will be commuting every day for his last year at Rangitoto College in Auckland. Kerekere is due to start at Wai- heke police sometime in the middle of March and says it helps that he already knows a couple of staff members who were Rotorua colleagues. He says it’s getting to know and work with the Waiheke community that excites him the most. ‘‘I joined the police to help people and this golden opportunity couldn’t be overlooked. I’ve really missed community policing and am looking forward to getting back to it. ‘‘The police are the public and the public are the police.’’ But it won’t be all work and no play for the new sergeant. He and his wife are looking forward to spending time with their children on the island’s safe beaches, reserves, and parkland, while the prospect of resuming a fishing hobby beckons. ‘‘I love the ocean. And just liv- ing simply and being involved in community life is appealing. ‘‘There’s a lot of people on Wai- heke making us feel welcome already.’’ Good Friday Groove tickets up for grabs Three packed days of top live music this Easter are being promised by organisers of the Waiheke International Jazz Festival. Beautiful song crafters, ram- pant horn sections and outright funky grooves will kick off the festival at the Good Friday Groove on March 25, festival director John Quigley says. ‘‘Sean Donnelly’s superb group SJD is followed by one of the most entertaining favourites of this festival, Sal Valentine & the Babyshakes. ‘‘Next up is one of New Zea- land’s international stars, Lawrence Arabia and his band, hot on the heels of their UK release tour. ‘‘We move into top gear with Melbourne’s top show band – the hilarious and down-right funky 10 piece Sex on Toast, then we wrap up the show with Tahuna Breaks – one of the new generation of Kiwi acts who have carved out an international following in Europe. What a line-up!’’ Waiheke Marketplace has two Good Friday Groove double passes to give away. Email editor@waihekemarket place.co.nz with your full name, phone number and address, and write Good Friday Groove in the message box by March 3 to be in to win. ❚ Go towaihekejazzfestival.co.nz for full programme and tickets. In brief SEAWARNING People are beingwarned not to swim in the sea after a huge infestation of sea lice has swept aroundWaiheke shores. General manager of Piritahi HauOra and Oneroa Accident and Medical Centre JudyDavis says the practices have treated people who have swumat Onetangi, Oneroa, Little Oneroa and Palm Beach so far. She saw17 children covered in bright red welts on their torsos on Monday morning alone, as well as some parents. ‘‘There is an absolute upsurge. It’s a huge infestation – it’s definitely sea lice.Alot of people are saying it’s the worst sea lice they’ve ever experienced.’’Davis says the centres have been prescribing calamine and antihistamines. People should go to the pharmacy or, if it’s an extensive case or if the skin is broken due to toomuch itching, see amedical professional in case of infection. ‘‘It usually gets worse before it gets better so people are having a fewrough nights,’’ she says. DRINK DRIVE BOO-BOO It’s not often police have a drink driver fall into their laps but that’s what happened at Little Oneroa beach. Police acting sergeant RaymondMatthews says he had just finished dealing with another incident there on February 17 when a 72-year-old driver stopped him at 8.10pm. Hewanted knowwhere the nearest toiletwas. Matthews says themanwas drunk: ‘‘I told him the nearest loo was at the police station.’’ The breath test recorded an alcohol level of 867 mc/l. The manreceived a 28-day licence disqualification on the spot, whichwas extended to 6 months by the court. Ten minutes before, police had issued a 43-year-old Oneroaman with a Police Safety Order after a domestic violence incident at Little Oneroa. And, earlier in the day, police arrested a 19-year-old Onetangi manon awarrent for failing to appear in court to answer offisland burglary charges. OnSaturday, police arrested a 22-year-old drunk Ostendman for disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence at Onetangi beach. Hewas sent to Auckland to The Good Friday Groove at Rangihoua Estate always features a cross-section of musical genre. sober up in the cells. 3 EASTER 2016 MARCH The Bakelite Broadcasters (Aust) - Miho Wada The Wellington City Shake-Em-On-Downers Graham Wardrop - Paul TT - suzanne lynch & Skandal Liam Burrows & band Swinging with Sinatra (Aust) waihekejazzfestival.co.nz Tickets & INFO 25, 26 & 27 Tahuna Breaks - Greg Johnson - The Lady Killers S J D - Lawrence Arabia - Sex On Toast (Aust) Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes - Hipstamatics Nairobi Trio - George Washingmachine (Aust) Hopetoun Brown - Jan Preston - Jubilation book now!
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