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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.


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.


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.

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