North Shore Times : February 21st 2103
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Milford residents celebrate after a plan to build high rise dwellings around the mall is rejected -- P3 Val Harper can still do the splits at 89 -- P4 Worried about sky-high housing prices? Our resident Scrooges, Muriel and Frank Newman, come up with some ideas to save money. Looking sharp: Prefects Bronwyn Kjestrup, Zoe Cronin and Grace Howard show off their new senior school uniform. Uniforms prove popular CONTINUED Page 2 By MARNIE HALLAHAN Senior students initially miffed about losing mufti privileges at Westlake Girls High School are now loving their smart new look. A brand new uniform has been introduced at the all girls school this year, a change principal Roz Mexted has wanted to see from her first day on the job. ''We want our girls to look like a decile nine, high performing school, because that's what they are,'' she says. And along with the new-look uniform comes the end of mufti for year 13 students, a privilege that has been part of the school for decades. Head prefect Zoe Cronin says there was originally a bit of disappointment from the seniors in losing the mufti but the majority of the girls are now excited about putting on the new uniform. Ms Mexted says it's great not having girls in mufti and that it was a ''no-brainer'' when they were doing a revamp. ''As the incoming principal one thing came across loud and clear to me,'' she says. ''I was getting feedback from students saying whenever they represented the school they did not feel great about the uniform, they were a bit embarrassed of it.'' A uniform overhaul was also on her priority list at her previous post as headmistress of Nga Tawa Diocesan School. She updated the ''hideous brown number' the girls were wearing and it made a huge difference to the school morale, she says. And the design of the uniform was not something Ms Mexted took lightly. Students voted on five options with the two most popular choices Asians targeted By MARYKE PENMAN our e-edition has more Go to northshoretimes.co.nz to see how you can protect yourself from handbag thieves. HANDBAG snatchers as young as 14 are targeting Asian women in slick criminal operations, police say. Thieves from areas like South Auckland are looking to the North Shore for easy pickings, area com- mander Inspector Les Paterson says. Two incidents took place almost back to back last month, one in Albany and one in Wairau. Forensic evidence has led to a 14-year-old Manukau male being charged with theft in the North Shore Youth Court. Police are seeking another 14-year- old they believe to be his accomplice, as well as two others. It seems they've learnt to do this from older associates. It's ironic but we know from interviews that they treat this activity as something almost akin to a career,'' Mr Paterson says. Thieves are known to steal cars from nearby car parks to practice breaking into and starting models such as 1990s Nissans, he says. Once a car has been stolen they immediately look for a victim, usually Asian females in car parks and near banks. After grabbing their hand bag the stolen car is dumped within a kilometre of the scene.'' So far the Asian community is heeding police warnings not to carry large sums of cash. Many migrants, not used to our reliance on eftpos, were carrying amounts of money often into the thousands,'' Mr Paterson says. Handbag snatching is looked upon as a simple theft'' but he says vic- tims often suffer chronic fear and feelings of violation in the aftermath. Young thieves were also involved in a spate of bag snatches described by police as a disturbing trend'' over the July to September period last year. An 18-year-old Manukau man was charged with robbery after stealing a woman's handbag in Milford. The incident was one of three within the space of a week. Detective Sergeant Andrew Wong Woo said at the time it highlighted the vulnerability of Asian women as prime targets. In September an elderly Waiuku woman was approached from behind by a thief, described as a 12 to 13-year-old Maori male. Another 66-year-old woman was knocked unconscious as she struggled with a thief trying to steal her daugh- ter's hand bag in Manurewa last September.
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