North Shore Times : November 19th 2010
www.northshoretimes.co.nz Friday, November 19, 2010 Beach parties in focus BEACH party problems need to be kept in perspective'' local boards say. Two parties this month at Cheltenham Beach and Cas- tor Bay ended in confrontations where young people threw bottles at police. North Shore local board members met police on Wednesday to discuss the incidents. Devonport-Takapuna Local Board chairman Chris Darby says: It's important that everyone, including young people, can continue to safely use North Shore's popular beaches to get together and chill out. It's equally important that we also keep these incidents in perspective,'' the Stanley Bay father-of-three says. Only a small minority who don't know their limits when it comes to drinking, and who end up ruining celebrations for themselves and others, are the ones that attract the wrong attention and let us all down.'' He says the local boards have full confidence in the police handling of both incidents. People need to respect others around them and look out for their mates. Parents also need to understand where their youngsters are gathering.'' Meanwhile, a nationwide Facebook movement has been formed to support the police. Dion Leslie of Lower Hutt heard about the problems and decided to do something about it. Hesetupaneweventon Facebook called Support the Cops at Castor Bay Beach Party'. The page encourages people to put their hands up in support of police rather than attend another Facebook event called Castor Bay Beach Party 2' planned later this month. Mr Leslie says some Face- book users have indicated they will go down to the beach to support the police. He does not condone any sort of violence from either party. Another supporter left a comment: New Zealand youths have no respect, they have no idea how good they have it in this country, yet they are always throwing tantrums.'' More than 3000 youths have indicated they will be attending the next party planned at Castor Bay. They include students from North Shore high schools. One party-goer suggests the Castor Bay event is planned to distract police from another one at Long Bay beach where youths plan to do burnouts. Comments have been left suggesting if the police break up the event there will be a riot. The party organiser has warned others the police are monitoring the event on Facebook. The date of the event is unknown. On the page the organiser says: Just a small event, nothing big. It's not this weekend by the way.'' Appeal in the spirit of Xmas By SARAH CODDINGTON Christmas magic: Te Miha Kahukiwa, 11 months, with the North Shore Times Christmas tree. Photo: BEN WATSON The demand for food parcels is growing quickly this Christmas and the Sal- vation Army needs your help. About 150 families have let the charity know they will need assistance this holiday season. This time last year there were 36 families on the food parcel list. The North Shore Times will be a collection depot for people wanting to donate unwrapped children's gifts to families supported by the Salvation Army. Welfare co-ordinator Lin- den Kenyon says families are struggling, especially those on low incomes who do not qualify for any benefits. Ms Kenyon says the char- ity would be grateful for donations of food items like Christmas cakes, puddings and scorched almonds. About 1000 North Shore children are expected to be in need of gifts this season. There is a high demand for educational toys for babies aged from about one to two years old. Families with teenagers also really need gifts. Toiletries or books always go down well in this age group, Ms Kenyon says. The charity welcomes gifts for everyone. Food parcels containing treats for Christmas would be es- pecially appreciated. Ms Kenyon says it is amazing the number of busi- nesses and schools that come forward and promot- ing the cause through the North Shore Times really helps. Unwrapped, new presents can be left under the Christmas tree in the North Shore Times reception at 1 Byron Ave in Takapuna until 5pm on December 15. Office hours are 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. If there are any second- hand goods that you would like to donate please take them to one of the local Sal- vation Army charity stores to be sold.
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