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It took 50 fire­fight­ers to put out a cen­tral Auck­land fac­tory blaze on Thurs­day night. A mas­sive cloud of smoke smoth­ered the area in Penrose as fire­fight­ers bat­tled the enor­mous blaze. The Humes Pipe­line Ser­vices’ build­ing was in­spected by a struc­tural en­gi­neer and the in­spec­tor ruled part of the build­ing would need to be de­mol­ished. Rail ser­vices were di­verted dur­ing Fri­day morn­ing rush hour along the eastern line be­tween Otahuhu and Brit­o­mart. Bus ser­vices shut­tled af­fected train pas­sen­gers around the line clo­sure. North­ern Fire Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Cen­tre act­ing shift man­ager Car­ren Lark­ing said the Thurs­day night fire ‘‘es­ca­lated quite quickly’’.


Scam­mers are pos­ing as po­lice of­fi­cers and de­mand­ing money to re­lease fam­ily mem­bers they claim to be hold­ing in cus­tody. Auck­land City Po­lice said it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing sev­eral in­ci­dents of scam­mers tar­get­ing the In­dian com­mu­nity and im­per­son­at­ing po­lice of­fi­cers. De­tec­tive sergeant Brid­get Doell said the scam­mers called vic­tims up and told them they’d just ar­rested a mem­ber of their fam­ily and then de­manded sig­nif­i­cant amounts of money for their re­lease. In some in­stances vic­tims were asked to pro­vide itunes vouch­ers in­stead of cash, Doell said. Mem­bers of the pub­lic who think they’ve been tar­geted can get in touch with the Auck­land City Fi­nan­cial Crime Unit on 09 302 6400.


Half a mil­lion dol­lars is up for grabs in a bid to get Auck­lan­ders more ac­tive. Auck­land Coun­cil is re­leas­ing a $508,000 fund to sup­port re­gional sport re­gional sport and recre­ation or­gan­i­sa­tions. Auck­land Coun­cil spokesper­son Mace Ward said the grants would be awarded to or­gan­i­sa­tions seek­ing op­er­a­tional fund­ing for re­gional projects and ac­tiv­i­ties that helped in­spire and en­cour­age Auck­lan­ders to live healthy and more ac­tive life­styles. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about el­i­gi­bil­ity and to ap­ply for the grant, visit auck­land­coun­ sport­grant. Ap­pli­ca­tions close on De­cem­ber 8 with funds avail­able from July.

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