TU¯RANGI

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - Te Reipa Morunga Of­fi­cer in charge Tu¯rangi Po­lice

Kia ora koutou. We had a pretty quiet week last week. There was one bur­glary re­ported last Sun­day, Septem­ber 30, where a build­ing site shed in Nga¯hana Pl was bro­ken into. Noth­ing was taken, but two young kids were seen play­ing at the site at around lunchtime. They were also spot­ted try­ing to break into the shed but ran off when they saw the wit­ness.

We had three fam­ily harm in­ci­dents last week and one ve­hi­cle stolen from town, although this one looks as though it may be fam­ily re­lated. Other than those oc­cur­rences, things have been pretty good.

We had a spe­cial vis­i­tor last Tues­day when Po­lice As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Bill Searle dropped in for a visit, along with our District Com­man­der Andy Mc­Gre­gor. Bill was here as part of his vis­its to all the sta­tions in the Bay of Plenty area and his visit co­in­cided with a school hol­i­day pro­gramme group from Waiouru who were tour­ing the sta­tion, look­ing at the cells and the po­lice equip­ment. It was par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing for our Tu¯rangi Po­lice team that Bill men­tioned he has no­ticed the trust and con­fi­dence we have with the Tu¯rangi com­mu­nity.

As you will have no­ticed, it’s school hol­i­days at present and while next week’s Tu¯rangi Ran­gatahi Hub pro­gramme will keep 50 of our young peo­ple busy, there will be oth­ers with less to do.While the school hol­i­days are on we can’t just let our kids run amok around town or wher­ever. Spend time with your kids. The Tu¯rangi Li­brary still runs a free hol­i­day pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties and there are lots of free things you can do around Tu¯rangi. We have a beau­ti­ful back door, so get out and en­joy it. Go for a walk with your chil­dren, play in one of our many parks, or take them out bik­ing.

It’s also day­light sav­ing time now so even though it’s get­ting dark later, us par­ents still need to make sure that we know where our kids are and who they are with. Be­ing in the town cen­tre at nine or 10 at night is not where they should be, and if we find them, we will be tak­ing them home and deal­ing with them through the Youth Aid sys­tem.

En­joy your tamariki, and have a good week.

Nga¯ mihi, Te Reipa

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Po­lice As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Bill Searle (cen­tre) with Bay of Plenty Iwi Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer Sergeant Lehi Ho­haia (left) and Tu¯rangi Po­lice Of­fi­cer in Charge Sergeant Te Reipa Morunga (right) with chil­dren and staff from the Step­ping Stones Ju­nior Hol­i­day Pro­gramme, Waiouru.

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