North Shore Times : January 21st 2014
4 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 21, 2014 NEWS Eyes in space spy on poachers By JAY BOREHAM A hi-tech version of the doorbell used to alert shopowners to customers has put new crimefighting eyes in orbit over New Zealand. Its first victims, three alleged Woodhill Forest deer poachers, were caught last Friday night. The armed men entered the private forest at 10pm and triggered a new hidden intruder detection device, the Scorpion 1000. The system is the brainchild of Specialist Surveillance Services and uses infrared and seismic detectors like those used to ring door bells in retail outlets. But it sends its signal straight to a satellite which then bounces it to a computer or cellphone and alerts the user of the exact time and location of an intrusion. In this case it alerted a private security patrol about the alleged poachers within 90 seconds, Specialist Surveillance Services director and former Rodney policeman Roger Winslade says. But it can also just be hooked up to a siren for on site warnings, he says. ‘‘The alleged poachers had no idea the private security patrol was closing in on them until they were bailed up and the local police had them in custody. ‘‘Police seized two rifles, knives and hunting equipment.’’ Charges have been laid relating to the poaching activities and the suspects are due to appear in court. Trespass action has also been taken against the trio by landowners Ngati Whatua o Kaipara. Mr Winslade, who is also the owner operator of Woodhill 4WD Adventure Park, says the system has been tested in rural areas of the North and South Islands for more than a year. It has been deployed in Woodhill for around a month www.northshoretimes.co.nz IN BRIEF Burns’ birthday Auckland’s Robert Burns Association will celebrate Scottish poet Robert Burns’ birthday beside his statue in the Auckland Domain at noon on January 25. Burns, who died in 1796, was a writer, poet and musician and his works will be celebrated among fans. Call Dave Small on 576 5985 for more information. Join the choir Albany Women’s Choir is seeking second soprano and alto singers to join them. The choir meets on Thursdays from 12.30pm to 2.45pm in the Holy Cross Church, Oteha Valley Rd Extension, Albany. Call Anne on 448 5049 for information. School gear sought Surveilance success: Specialist Surveilance Services director Roger Winslade with a Scorpion 1000 detection unit and an iPad with the email alert mapshowing the location of activation at the gate where the alleged poachers entered Woodhill Forest. to combat a spate of thefts in the area. ‘‘We have had a lot of problems like generators being stolen and containers being broken into.’’ The system has picked up a lot of movements by users of the area but it is the first time it has detected anyone out of hours, Mr Winslade says. He says he is very pleased with the first results, even though the alleged poachers were a bycatch for the system. ‘‘We have worked very long and hard to get our system together, it is brilliant.’’ Undercover: Scorpion 1000 detection units and warning siren. The Woodhill Fallow Management Council manages the deer herd. Council secretary Alec Corban says there are ongoing issues with poachers and their patrols also regularly apprehend them. ‘‘We have been carrying out balloted hunts and we monitor how many animals are shot and issue permits accordingly so the herd doesn’t fall below the sustainability level. ‘‘Poachers have a habit of going in and cleaning out whatever they can,’’ Mr Corban says. That includes young animals, females that are carrying young and females that have young at foot which then die, he says. The problem is even more dangerous now that Ngati Whatua o Kaipara has ownership of the land under Treaty settlement, he says. ‘‘Their young people are now able to utilise the forest for all sorts of activities and could be in potentially dangerous situations,’’ he says. ‘‘Poachers go in there illegally with firearms and shoot whatever they see moving – it is a serious safety issue.’’ Offenders usually use suppressors on their firearms so forest users do not realise shooting is occurring around them or what direction it is coming from, Mr Corban says. People need to realise the forest is now privately owned and they cannot be there legally unless they have the owner’s permission, he says. Island stay schools kids on environment By SIMON MAUDE She’s just about to start high school, but new Takapuna Grammar pupil Grace Cowley is an old hand at doing her bit for the environment. And the year 7 pupil ‘‘can’t wait’’ to head off to the Department of Conservation’s marine camp on Motutapu Island this week. Grace, who has never set foot on the Hauraki Gulf island is looking forward to making new friends and ‘‘meeting like-minded people with the same values’’. The 38-strong group will take part in MAD (Make a Difference) Marine, a waterway conservation programme organised by DOC and Auckland Council. The kids will enjoy snorkelling, canoeing and tramping around the island, while learning conservation Go to northshoretimes.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to watch a video aboutMAD Marine. too big, and ‘I can’t do anything about it,’ but there’s small things you can do for the environment,’’ she says. ‘‘Hopefully I can get some more people to go to the camp for next year.’’ Mum Julie Richardson says she’s ‘‘so proud’’ of her daughter Grace. ‘‘She’s always had this drive and awareness. ‘‘When other kids wanted Conscious Kiwi: Grace Cowley wants to help spread environmental awareness. skills like beach cleanups and tree-planting. One of the camp’s aims is to make the youngsters ambassadors for the environment, taking their aware- ness, skills and knowledge back to school with them. ‘‘People think it all sounds Dolly magazines, Grace wanted a subscription to National Geographic,’’ she says. ‘‘Even on holiday she’s picking up rubbish on the beach,’’ Ms Richardson says. Have your kids outgrown their school uniforms? SPCA Auckland’s op shops are seeking donations of unwanted school gear like uniforms, shoes, sports gear, stationery and bags. Donations are sought urgently before the new school term starts. The eight Auckland op shops, including Browns Bay and Birkenhead, help SPCA’s work saving animals. You can also drop off quality donations to the Animal Village in Mangere. For bulky items, such as desks, call 256 7300 to arrange a pickup service. Bichon outing Bichon frise dogs, owners, family and friends are invited to a BYO picnic in Cornwell Park on February 9 at 11.30am. Look for bichons in the lower carpark. Use your own discretion about the weather. Phone Marion on 533 7969 or 021 955 056. Diabetes courses Learn how to take control of your diabetes and lead a healthier life. Comprehensive Care offers two free diabetes self management courses next month for people with type-2 diabetes, or who have been diagnosed with prediabetes or a high cardiovascular disease risk. The courses comprise three Monday sessions on February 3, 10 and 17 and are in Building A, 42 Tawa Drive, Albany. You are welcome to bring a support person with you. Contact Margot on 448 0019 or text 021 818 568 to register and to find out about other courses. Let us know The North Shore Times welcomes news and information from clubs, societies and organisations. Our community news and Milestones pages are designed to reflect what people and groups on the Shore have done or are planning. Information can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org (with attention community news in the subject line) along with digital photographs saved as jpeg images.
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