North Shore Times : November 18th 2010
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 18, 2010 NEWS Shop G06 Westfield Shore City, TAKAPUNA Ph: (09) 489 8461 www.fifth-avenue.co.nz Fifth Avenue Diamond Jewellers Diamond Sale On Now! Genuine HUGE savings on all Diamond Rings & Diamond Jewellery of up to 1/2 PRICE! Be Quick - Sale Ends Soon! Police keep eye on party scene By MICHELLE ROBINSON POLICE are keeping a close eye on social networking sites after two weekends of out-of- control beach parties. Facebook was used to organise the parties, at Devonport a fortnight ago and at Castor Bay over the weekend. Both saw police called out to control large numbers of young people. Bottles and other missiles were thrown at police during the incidents. Social networking web- sites appear to be a common medium used to coordinate gatherings of this nature and police will continue to moni- tor these sites in addition to receiving notice and support from members of the com- munity,'' North Shore police acting commander inspector Steve Kehoe says. Police will not tolerate the behaviour and public dis- order'' at Castor Bay on Saturday, he says. A large group of youths were drinking and refusing to leave the area at around 10pm. Some threw missiles at police, two of who were struck but weren't injured as they were wearing riot gear. Some real estate signs were damaged in Seaview Rd in Milford and one person was arrested after being seen jumping on a vehicle, Mr Kehoe says. Team policing units and frontline staff including the Eagle helicopter were deployed following several calls from residents. Castor Bay is covered by a liquor ban. Road blocks were put in place and about 130 party- goers were split up and directed up Castor Bay Rd and along Beach Rd. The Eagle assisted by lighting up the area. Fireworks and bottles were thrown at police officers and four youths were arrested at a Cheltenham Beach party the previous Saturday. Mr Kehoe advises anyone planning parties over the fes- tive season to register their event with police so it can be monitored. The North Shore Times learned of a party being planned for Long Bay over Facebook. More than 2500 invitations had been sent to the event named, Long Bay beach party. One respondent attending the party left a comment on the events page saying aha- haha lets try make this wun da news 2''. He then sent out 400 further invites to other Facebook friends. Matthew gives Facebook a reality check By LISA HONEYBONE Social network: Matthew Kereama, 12, won an intermediate schools speech competition with his topic Facebook. Photo: BEN WATSON Log off Facebook and get out into the real world. That's the message from Matthew Kereama, 12, who won the North Shore Inter- mediate Schools Speech Competition sponsored by the Milford Rotary Club. His speech was on the problems with social networking site Facebook and the unnatural way it influences people's lives. Matthew set up his own Facebook profile this year and stumbled across his first challenge, finding a cool photo of himself. Instead, he settled on a photo of Elvis. Next came the burning need to find friends to add to his profile, but how many was enough, he says. Some of his mates have more than 200 Facebook friends. Is it a popularity contest, a gauge to measure who is the coolest? I mean at 12 years old what is expected of me?'' he says. Matthew has around 70 friends on Facebook includ- ing a number of girls who he chats with regularly which is where the next problem kicks in, he says. It has to be quick one- liners and witty comments, not just regular 12-year-old conversation, he says. It's all quite strange,'' he says. I mean I have girls who chat to me online but when I see them in the street they can't say two words to me.'' The way Matthew sees it, Facebook creates an alter ego. There's this cool guy who looks like Elvis, has more than 70 friends and chats freely to girls, he says. Is that really me, Mat- thew Kereama? The profile says my name but I barely recognise him.'' he says. Matthew says Facebook is a cool site but he thinks people should try communi- cating in the real world. Where a profile photo doesn't represent your per- sonality, where friends are measured through quality not quantity and girls, well they can be made to wait until we're ready to talk to them.'' All Ethnic Congress launched By JODEAL CADACIO A new group catering for all ethnic communities in New Zealand has been launched. The All Ethnic Congress aims to provide a strong voice for all migrant groups in the country, founder and presi- dent Alton Shameem says. We want to bring all eth- nic communities together and add value to existing migrant organisations in New Zea- land,'' he says. Mr Shameem says the Takapuna-based group's key aim is to bring the campaign for ethnic communities to a higher level. We feel that ethnic com- munities are being taken for granted by the government. With the All Ethnic Con- gress, we want to be more assertive in our views and work to fill in the gaps,'' he says. He says a lot of changes are happening including the plan by the National-led govern- ment to cut costs and downgrade the Office of Eth- nic Affairs. We're planning to speak out to Parliament about this as well as on economic issues affecting the migrant com- munity,'' he says. He says the country's eth- nic community includes not only Asians but Europeans, Middle Easterns, Latin Americans and Pasifika. The common perception is that the migrant community refers only to Asian migrants. Fact is, Europeans and migrants from other conti- nents are far bigger in num- ber. We want to bring one and all together,'' he says. The group has 40 members from Asia, Eastern Europe and the United Kingdom.
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