North Shore Times : November 18th 2010
7 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 18, 2010 NEWS FORMERLY BIKE ALBANY SAME CONVENIENT LOCATION BIGGER AND BETTER RANGE OF PRODUCTS SAME GREAT PEOPLE AND SERVICE WITH AN EVEN BIGGER SMILE! 61C Paul Matthews Road, Albany • Phone 09 414 5395 Open Monday to Friday 9:00am -- 5:30pm, Saturday 9:00am -- 5:00pm, Sunday 10:00am -- 5:00pm NEW ALBANY STORE Join us on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:00pm for our local road ride Designer Sunglasses Online Auction Bidding Starts at $9 unreserved Bid now! 70-year-old kicks in door By MICHELLE ROBINSON A 70-year-old woman kicked in the door of her neighbour s flat after the place filled with smoke. She was checking to see if the man was in his Seabreeze Rd house, Devonport fire station officer Nick Penfold says. He says the woman has asked not to be named. She quickly left again after finding no one inside and firefight- ers arrived to ventilate the flat. The resident had left a pot of cab- bage on the stove to boil on high and had gone to visit someone, Mr Pen- fold says. The female neighbour avoided breathing in too much smoke and didn t hurt herself getting into the house. It s pretty impressive that she managed to kick the door in. She managed to split the wood on the side where the lock goes in. It took a bit for us to make the place secure. Mother talks on abuse By SARAH CODDINGTON Wise Words: Lesley Elliott, mother of Sophie who was murdered by her former boyfriend, talks to senior students at Westlake. Photo: BEN WATSON Sophie Elliott Westlake Girls High School students sat in silence as they watched a clip of murder victim Sophie Elliott. Her mother Lesley Elliott showed the clip of her 22-year-old daughter singing karaoke only two days before she was murdered by her for- mer boyfriend and lecturer Clayton Weatherston in 2008. The eerie footage made the senior students realise her daughter was just like any other Kiwi girl, Mrs Elliott says. Mrs Elliott set up the Sophie Elliott Foundation in memory of her daughter and to educate other young women about the signs of abuse in relationships. Westlake was the first Auckland school Mrs Elliott spoke to and she plans to speak to other girls colleges in the city. If I can save two lives I would have done my job. A lot of these girls will not have boyfriends at the moment but I want to prepare them before they get into relationships. I missed a lot of the signs of abuse with Sophie. I thought he was just a bully. I told her several times to dump him, she says. Some of the signs of an abusive partner Mrs Elliott told the young women to look out for were threat- ening behaviour, having no empa- thy and erratic behaviour. Sophie was a caring, loving per- son in a relationship where she gave the guy another chance many times over, she says. One of the other aims of the foun- dation is to teach young men how to be ethical bystanders. Year 13 student Grace Bell attended the launch of the foun- dation and arranged for Mrs Elliott to speak to senior students. The 18-year-old says information on where to go for help if you are in an abusive relationship needs to be made available to students. Grace gathered donations for the foundation and raised more than $250. Go to www.sophieelliott foundation.co.nz to donate.
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