North Shore Times : November 25th 2010
2 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 NEWS Office Ph 489 4189 Fax 486 1950 Editor Peter Eley email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Manager Alan Barr email: email@example.com Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: clsad@snl co nz 69,797 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) Delivered each Tuesday/Thursday/ Friday to Albany, Beach Haven, Bayswater, Bayview, Belmont, Birkdale, Birkenhead, Brookfield, Browns Bay, Bushlands, Campbells Bay, Castor Bay, Chatswood, Chester Park, Devonport, Forrest Hill, Glenfield, Greenhithe, Hillcrest, Mairangi Bay, Meadowood, Milford, Murrays Bay, Northcote, Northcross, Okura, Paremoremo, Pinehill, Rothesay Bay, Schnapper Rock, Stanley Point, Sunnynook, Takapuna, Torbay, Unsworth Heights, Waiake, Wainoni, Westlake, Windsor Park. 1 Byron Ave, Takapuna. P.O. 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Businesses and individuals are asked to buy gifts for a North Shore family in need. The gifts will be sent to the family to open on Christmas morning. No contact is made between the families and givers, but people wishing to donate are given ages of the family members. Volunteers are also needed to help with the Salvation Army Giving Grove campaign. A Christmas tree will be set up in shopping malls with name tags on it, giving the age and gender of children who will not receive gifts this hol- iday season. People can take a tag off the tree and buy a gift for a child. Gifts are returned and passed on to the families. Volunteers are needed to sit with the tree around the North Shore from Wednesday, December 1 to Monday, December 6 from 9am to 5pm, plus late nights. To adopt a family or volun- teer call the contact centre on 441-2554 and ask to speak to Linden or Giselle. The North Shore Times is also running an appeal in con- junction with the Salvation Army. New and unwrapped gifts can be left at the office at 1 Byron Ave, Takapuna, from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Two charged over $840,000 council fraud ' We are sending a clear message that theft and fraud are unacceptable. ' Chief executive officer Doug McKay The Serious Fraud Office has charged two people over the fraud of more than $840,000 from North Shore City Coun- cil.More than 300 charges have been laid against Hemant Kumar Maha- raj, 57, and Suresh Din, 56, both of Auckland. The SFO allege that Mr Maharaj, who worked for the North Shore City Council, and Mr Din, used 151 invoices in a dishonest scheme to obtain over $840,000 from the council. Mr Maharaj and Mr Din are jointly charged with 73 counts of using a document with intent to defraud and 78 counts of dishonestly using a docu- ment over a period of about 10 years. Mr Maharaj has also been charged with two counts of attempting to pervert the course of jus- tice in relation to the alleged alteration and provision of a diary and the alleged creation of a receipt book. Mr Din has also been charged with one count of using a document with intent to defraud and six counts of dishonestly using a document in relation to the alleged dishonest use of income tax returns that claimed expenditure he had not incurred. Both men were remanded on bail, with- out plea, to reappear on December 13. SFO chief executive Adam Feeley says: This a very significant amount alleged to have been defrauded from the council, and underlines the need for local govern- ment to have very robust audit processes to either prevent, or enable early detection of, fraud. Mr Feeley says inves- tigating and prosecuting corrupt officials within the public sector who have abused their pos- ition of trust over public funds is a priority for the SFO. While New Zealand enjoys an outstanding international reputation for being relatively cor- ruption free, that repu- tation can only be maintained by good fraud prevention and a swift response to any allegations which could undermine confidence in the integrity of our pub- lic sector. Auckland Council chief executive officer Doug McKay says the issue was inherited from the Shore council. We have in place a comprehensive fraud prevention, detection and investigation pro- gramme and have strin- gent controls around pro- curement, purchasing and payment for goods and services. Over the last three weeks since the forma- tion of the new Auckland Council, we have sup- ported and co-operated fully with the Serious Fraud Office s investi- gation. On behalf of rate- payers we are seeking full restitution for losses and costs to ensure that this issue is resolved. We are sending a clear message that theft and fraud are unaccept- able, Mr McKay says. Brazen: A wall was tagged in the lead-up to the second Castor Bay beach party. Photo: BEN WATSON Police make presence felt at beach party By MICHELLE ROBINSON Police dispersed several hundred youths before any sign of trouble at Castor Bay on Saturday night. North Shore police say a combination of early intervention and strong community support prevented any public dis- order. Acting commander inspector Steve Kehoe says several hundred youths were in the area in expectation of a beach party but police engaged with them early and they left the area peacefully. Police are satisfied with the outcome. There were no arrests. It s believed that advance knowledge of the police presence, end of year exams, and the onset of rain, helped dampen the previously anticipated attendance. Early intervention and road policing were also key in driving out party- goers, Mr Kehoe says. Police visibility was at an increased level. The sight of police and partner agency patrol units contributed to a lack of desire to remain in the area. Police are grateful to the number of residents who contacted them about the event. Police will continue to use the many resources available to us to moni- tor the potential for pub- lic disorder, he says. Everyone has the right to use public spaces, but we ask that this use be in keeping with the nature and atmosphere of that space.
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