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Dur­ing a par­tic­u­larly busy Fri­day morn­ing, our rough-coat col­lie es­caped from our busi­ness on Lin­coln Rd af­ter a door was in­ad­ver­tently left open. We re­cov­ered him af­ter seven hours, but although this may seem a sim­ple dog lost/found in­ci­dent, I learnt three lessons.

The first was the enor­mous power of so­cial me­dia for good when used well. As soon as the posts ap­peared there were re­ports of Rob­bie in Am­ber­ley Ave, Flan­shaw Rd, Tui Glen, and fi­nally Alma St. He was be­ing re­ported and pho­tographed, and we were get­ting phone calls about his lo­ca­tion. We then had con­tact from fam­ily in Eng­land, Aus­tralia and Canada, and a friend in the United States.

The sec­ond re­mark­able thing was that he crossed Lin­coln Rd, Cen­tral Park Drive and

Ed­mon­ton Rd un­scathed. We are truly amazed at this, and sin­cerely thank any driv­ers who had to brake to avoid him.

Thirdly, we are so grate­ful to our fel­low Westies. A more car­ing, com­pas­sion­ate com­mu­nity would be hard to find. Hav­ing lived here for 52 years we are not sur­prised, but we are re­ally im­pressed.

There were peo­ple we had never met who were out look­ing for Rob­bie, oth­ers were phon­ing us, and a cus­tomer drove up and down Lin­coln Rd look­ing for him. Our lov­able but wily es­ca­per en­joyed his ad­ven­ture, but sur­vived only be­cause Westies are such won­der­ful peo­ple. Thank you all, and well done.




My fam­ily re­cently took me for a drive to Scragg Memo­rial, above Huia. What a de­light to see that parks and re­serves have main­tained this su­perb memo­rial, built just af­ter World War I, with dig­nity and re­spect. A pleas­ant lunch at the Huia Store made an ex­cel­lent day out right on our doorstep.


New Lynn


I’d be the first to ac­knowl­edge the triv­i­al­ity of the ques­tion but why do all the petrol com­pa­nies pub­licly pro­mote on their road­side bill­boards the price of their fuel to tenths of one cent a litre? I can­not think of any other re­tail com­mod­ity mar­keted to us Kiwi com­mon­ers to tenths of one cent.

Driv­ing down Hen­der­son Val­ley Rd the other day the


I have to ask the ques­tion, why was Tyler Odell and his friends rid­ing their mo­tor­bikes in the ceme­tery? Have they no re­spect? Per­haps the rob­ber was as dis­gusted as I am at their be­hav­iour. It is an ab­so­lute dis­grace rid­ing mo­tor­bikes in a ceme­tery. These boys need a good talk­ing to.


Te Atatu¯ South


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John Newick

Rob­bie the col­lie went miss­ing in West Auck­land.

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