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One per­son has died af­ter an early-morn­ing crash at Bom­bay. Emer­gency ser­vices rushed to the scene in Pa­parata Rd about 6.20am on Wed­nes­day morn­ing. A van had rolled af­ter hit­ting a tree and one per­son was con­firmed dead at the scene, a St John spokes­woman said. Di­ver­sions were put in place and two fire crews from Pukekohe at­tended the scene of the crash.


Pukekohe po­lice have re­cov­ered items of prop­erty they are keen to re­turn to own­ers. Items in­clude prop­erty be­long­ing to Sio­saia Mo­tu­lalo Taulafo, An­to­nia Lid­guard, Zane Ma­heno Atkins, Leah Puti Puti Ha­turini, Lee Wil­liam Sher­win; a Sam­sung phone found on Mor­gan Rd, Pukekohe; a black Guess wal­let; a G Shock men’s watch; an iPhone; a spool of elec­tri­cal wire; a child’s bike; an Ac­celor8 bike found on Kayes Rd; a di­a­mond ring. If you be­lieve th­ese items to be yours found con­tact the Pukekohe Po­lice Sta­tion.


A new or­gan­i­sa­tion will cater to the needs of Mus­lim vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in South Auck­land. Fam­ily First Wel­fare Trust in Otahuhu was of­fi­cially opened on Fe­bru­ary 18. It pro­vides do­mes­tic vi­o­lence sup­port, pre­ven­tion and in­ter­ven­tion ser­vices for Mus­lim fam­i­lies in par­tic­u­lar and the wider com­mu­nity in gen­eral. Trust ser­vice de­liv­ery and wel­fare man­ager Sabah Al Mush­taq says the launch event was at­tended by peo­ple from non-gov­ern­men­tal and state or­gan­i­sa­tions as well as the pub­lic.

South Auck­land Mus­lim As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary Ibrar Sheikh, who’s a trustee of the new or­gan­i­sa­tion, talked about its goals and how the idea of a spe­cial­ist fam­ily vi­o­lence ser­vice provider for Mus­lims came into ex­is­tence. The trust of­fers ser­vices in­clud­ing con­fi­den­tial help for Mus­lims suf­fer­ing from do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, a toll-free na­tional mul­ti­lin­gual phone helpline, cri­sis, food, out­reach, med­i­cal and le­gal sup­port, anger man­age­ment coun­selling, re­fer­rals to other agen­cies and free in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice. Fam­ily First Wel­fare Trust is at 269 Great South Rd, Otahuhu. Go to fam­i­ly­first­wel­ or phone 0800 4357 786 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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