Police confirmed on February 17 that the body found in Muriwai’s Woodhill Forest was that of Auckland woman Carissa Avison. Avison, 21, had been missing since January 26. Her disappearance sparked a large, but unsuccessful search effort which was called off after nine days. A member of the public found Avison’s body on February 15 in the forest which backs on to Muriwai Beach on Auckland’s west coast.
SOUNDING LA ROSA
La Rosa Gardens in Green Bay will host a musical celebration on February 26. The day starts with a drumming and percussion workshop from 2 to 4.30pm led by local musicians. A public concert will follow. Arts broker for the Whau Local Board area Melissa Laing says La Rosa Reserve amazes her every time she visits. ‘‘It has everything from a community orchard to a natural amphitheatre on each side of the stream. We want to celebrate it by sounding it with music.’’
The Western Leader has two tickets to this weekend’s sold out Meatstock event at the ASB Showgrounds. Head to our Neighbourly or Facebook pages and give us your wurst meat puns or best barbeque photos and be in to win two tickets to the first ever Meatstock. Glen Eden butcher Clarkes Organic Meats is competing with the Good Grocer in Kohimarama for the title of best butcher. Moerlando ‘Big
Moe’ Cason, fan favourite on BBQ Pitmasters, has appeared as a judge and finalist on the US hit show and will be in attendance. Meatstock will be held on February 25 and 26.
GAS STATION ROBBERY
In the early hours of February 21, police officers attended an aggravated robbery at a petrol station on Don Buck Rd in Massey. A man is alleged to have threatened the sole shop attendant with a weapon. He demanded cash and cigarettes before fleeing the scene. From CCTV footage, police were able to identify the offender as a 15-yearold youth. The young person was immediately apprehended by police and will appear in the Waitakere Youth Court.