Waiheke Marketplace : July 6th 2011
3 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JULY 6, 2011 NEWS 0800 00 88 80 FREE measure and quote FREE design consultation Exclusive direct-import fabrics Every style of curtains & accessories Every style of venetian, vertical, roller and roman blind *Some conditions apply. Oﬀer available to 14 July 2011. NOW SERVING WAIHEKE ISLAND EVERY WEDNESDAY Book a FREE in-home consultation today Phone 0800 00 88 80 or online harveyfurnishings.co.nz See our website for more custom making oﬀers 30OFF APPLIES TO LINED DUTCH & NEW YORK PLEAT CURTAIN MAKING ON ALL FABRICS $19.95 PER METRE AND ABOVE CURTAIN MAKING* No damage in our quake Auckland was shaken by a magnitude-2.9 earth- quake at 9.09pm on Friday. The earthquake was centred just off Mission Bay at a depth of 9km. There were no reports of damage. GeoNet duty seismol- ogist Lara Bland says Auckland is not a very seismically active area. In 2007 the region experienced a series of small quakes. Ms Bland says there is a possibility this could be the start of a similar pattern. The largest earth- quake in the region was a magnitude-6.0 jolt on June 24, 1891. Unlocked cars a tempting target for thieves By MICHAEL FOX ' It's not normal for us to have this sort of stuff. ' Sergeant Peter Knight A spate of thefts from unlocked cars on Waiheke has seen at least one teen sent from the island and prompted a warning for people to be more security conscious. Police say the mini-crime wave, which many victims failed to bother reporting, was only foiled when a friend of one of the alleged thieves dobbed his mate in. Sergeant Peter Knight says there have been about nine incidents of cars being burgled that police know of in the past two months. It's not normal for us to have this sort of stuff,'' he says. Our crime rates are rela- tively low. People feel safe and possibly get complacent and leave their cars unlocked and it's the unlocked vehicles that have been targeted.'' The thieves allegedly stole items such as Navmans, iPods, cameras and a fishing reel. Just stuff sitting in people's cars.'' Mr Knight says many of those affected did not bother to report the crimes and police believe there could have been more occur- rences. The victims were tracked down after the goods were discovered with police having to contact them and ask whether they had been victims of theft. We're just encouraging people to report thefts at the time because two or three months down the track we lose our fresh lines of inquiry.'' Mr Knight says they believe the thefts were car- ried out for a thrill'' as much of the gear was found lying around the homes of the alleged offenders. One youth has been referred to Youth Aid and has left the island to live with his mother. Police are dealing with up to nine of his associ- ates now. All are between the ages of 14 and 16. Braced for measles outbreak By LYNDAL JEFFERIES Following guidelines: Waiheke Community Childcare Centre manager Ute Hoffman aims to ensure no child is at risk. She is pictured here with, from left: Olivia Weaver, 3, Moby Ethell, 2, and Georgia Simpson, 3. PARENTS are being asked to update immunisation records as a measles outbreak spreads across the Auckland region. Waiheke Community Childcare Centre manager Ute Hoffman and Waiheke Kindergarten administrator Brenda Harrington put out the call last Thursday in a bid to be prepared should an out- break occur on the island. The request for information on whether a child is fully immunised against the highly infectious disease comes in the wake of several new cases being diagnosed in Auckland. That brings the number of confirmed measles cases to 39 since June 1. There have been no cases reported on Waiheke. Auckland Regional Public Health Service medical officer of health Dr Richard Hoskins says the new cases in Auckland have been in sev- eral early childhood centres. He says measles is a serious and highly infectious viral disease often causing fever, cough, sore red eyes and a rash. It can make people very sick. Those with measles can be infectious even before they start feeling unwell. While almost all people will make a complete recovery, it can lead to hospitalisation and, in rare cases, death,'' Dr Hoskins says. With the outbreak there is a new push for immunisation from the public health ser- vice. Dr Hoskins says: Immu- nisation is the only way to avoid getting measles. We strongly advise all children receive two doses of the MMR -- measles, mumps, rubella -- vaccine at 15 months and four years.'' Ms Hoffman says she has been advised to exclude unimmunised children from Waiheke Community Childcare Centre for two weeks if a case of measles is reported at the centre. I understand the arguments for and against immunisation and that this could be seen as discriminat- ory. But I must think in terms of the greater good and follow advice from the public health service and not put any child at risk,'' she says. That advice also says prompt identification can help limit the spread of measles to others, particu- larly vulnerable groups within the community. Anyone with symptoms of measles should immediately telephone their doctor, or Healthline on 0800-611-116, for advice. It is important to call first because measles is highly infectious and those with it can infect others in the waiting room. CONTACT US: Call us with your news stories on 372-9231. We want to know what's going on in the community.
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