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
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.