New sergeant is top dog han­dler

Kaikoura Star - - NEWS -

Ju­lian Lewis, who has been act­ing as the re­liev­ing sergeant at Kaik­oura for some months now, has been for­mally ap­pointed and con­firmed as Kaik­oura’s new sergeant.

Ju­lian and I go back just over 20 years when we both started at the New Zealand Po­lice Col­lege as young keen re­cruits to­wards the end of 1992. Ju­lian then pro­gressed to be­come New Zealand’s top po­lice dog han­dler, a great achieve­ment which has re­quired a lot of self- de­ter­mi­na­tion, team work and lead­er­ship. I am sure that Ju­lian will con­tinue with th­ese same qual­i­ties in his new role in Kaik­oura and pro­vide good ser­vice to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and wider district.

For three days over the school hol­i­days I had my 14- year- old nephew and his mate stay­ing with me in Kaik­oura. Both lads are of farm­ing stock and ab­so­lutely en­joyed the div­ing, fish­ing and hunt­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that were on hand. The are both champ­ing at the bit to get back down this way for the roar, if the school hol­i­days co­in­cide. Kaik­oura is blessed with a world fa­mous marine area and some pretty grand hunt­ing in the foothills and moun­tains be­hind the ocean. For the young lads in town, make the most of th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties while you have them on your doorstep.

Now we are get­ting over the hol­i­day pe­riod and it is an ap­pro­pri­ate time to thank all the vol­un­teers in our com­mu­nity. The St John Am­bu­lance, Fire Bri­gade, Coast­guard, Search and Res­cue, and sports clubs, to men­tion just a few of our com­mu­nity vol­un­teers. You all do a won­der­ful ser­vice for our com­mu­nity and on be­half of my col­leagues we en­joy your pro­fes­sion­al­ism and are thank­ful for the as­sis­tance you pro­vide.

On Fri­day af­ter­noon a north­bound truck crashed when ap­proach­ing the Oaro end of the Hun­dalees and blocked the whole of the south-bound lane. For­tu­nately no ve­hi­cles were trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion at the time. If they had been, chances were there would have been fa­tal­i­ties. Land Trans­port Reg­u­la­tions stip­u­late that large trucks should drive at 10km or less than the posted speed limit. In the cor­ners pre­ced­ing this crash site there were two posted 65km signs. Kaik­oura Po­lice and the Blen­heim High­way Pa­trol Staff will be paying close at­ten­tion to the speed of heavy ve­hi­cles in the coming months.

Two months ago I and the district li­cens­ing in­spec­tor and Min­istry of Health con­ducted a con­trolled pur­chase op­er­a­tion of 16 lo­cal li­censed premises for the sale of al­co­hol. Most acted very re­spon­si­bly, but it was very dis­ap­point­ing that two sales were made, to a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy. The likely im­pli­ca­tions of this are that the duty man­ager will be stood down for a one-month pe­riod and the li­censed premises will be closed for the sale of al­co­hol for a three-day pe­riod.

Youths un­der the age of 18 who gain ac­cess to al­co­hol of­ten make poor de­ci­sions which can lead to an in­crease in anti-so­cial dis­or­der and traf­fic of­fend­ing in our com­mu­nity.

There will be sev­eral more con­trolled pur­chase op­er­a­tions of our town’s li­censed premises this year. We look for­ward to the day that no sales are made to mi­nors.

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