North Shore Times : December 16th 2010
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, DECEMBER 16, 2010 NEWS one stop xmas shopping for kids & teens NORTH SHORE STORE 57 Barrys Point Road, Takapuna Opposite Kathmandu. Car parking at door P 09 489 5556 Xmas Opening Hours Mon - Fri 9 - 5pm Sat & Sun 9 - 4pm www.kidzspace.co.nz OPEN SAT & SUN FOR LAST WEEKEND SHOPPING PRE XMAS!! Furniture. Beds & Bunks. Linen. Rugs & Lighting. Accessories & Gifts... Just in time for Xmas... from around $100! Waitemata police get the most complaints Waitemata police are again the most complained about in the country. The Independent Police Com- plaints Authority s records show the Waitemata police district, which takes in North Shore, Waitakere and Rodney, received the most com- plaints over the year to June 2010. Of the 2509 complaints received, 352 were related to officers in the Waitemata area. Wellington received the second largest amount of complaints at 280, and Counties Manukau received 269. Waitemata superintendent Bill Searle says the news is not new for the district. By comparison with other police districts Waitemata has tradition- ally recorded a relatively high num- ber of complaints. But the district has fared better than in previous years, he says. The number of complaints has declined sharply in recent months due to a series of initiatives being put in place. This includes training to reduce the number of complaints received. The public can be assured that all complaints referred to police by the Independent Police Conduct Authority are and will be treated seriously and appropriately. Ticket wrangle over Ticket battle: Lorraine Wellacott, her mother Sheila and nephew Luke disputed a transit lane ticket and won. By LIZ WILLIS LORRAINE WELLACOTT is angry despite winning a battle over a $150 transit lane ticket. Ms Wellacott says Auckland Transport dropped a case against her but she wanted her day in court to challenge the way transit lane tickets are issued. She thought she was helping beat congestion by giving her mum and nephew a lift to work. Instead she got a ticket because North Shore City Council officers monitoring the Onewa Rd transit lane didn t think she had two passengers. Her frustration got worse when the former council told her if she didn t pay the fine, and failed to prove there were three on board, she d face an $20,000 fine. So this month she headed to court to challenge the ticket. But Auckland Transport, which is now responsible for monitoring the lanes, withdrew the case against her, she says. Officers told the court there was no evidence against her because the council officer involved had left the organisation, Mrs Wellacott says. She says she has this evidence and it proves her innocence. The officer s notes incorrectly describe her vehicle and the video footage is dark and recorded on an angle, she says. Mrs Wellacott says you can t tell how many people are on board unless they re leaning directly against the headrest. Her mum is short and leans towards the hand rest so you can t see her clearly, she says. Mrs Wellacott thinks the council should do more to check before it issues tickets so motorists being aren t required to prove their inno- cence. She is angry that she couldn t put her evidence before the court and challenge the ticket issuing process. Mrs Wellacott took time off work, along with her passengers, to go to court. Auckland Transport must have known beforehand it was dropping her case, she says. Auckland Transport was contac- ted for comment on December 8 but had not responded by early this week. The case sparked a huge postbag when the North Shore Times first reported on it.
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