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Shoplifters remain in police sights
By SHANE GIBSON
Marewa Community Constable
Ph 843 0180
There have been a number of
changes to all the Napier com-
munity constables' areas with the
introduction of the new Neigh-
bourhood Policing Team working
out of Maraenui.
My area has changed consider-
It now incorporates the Awatoto
Industrial area, all of Te Awa Ave
including the Maraenui Golf Club,
all of Pirimai and the majority of
I look forward to working with
the retailers at Pirimai and also
with the students and staff at
Henry Hill School.
As a result of this, I no longer
am the community constable for
the city which is now in the very
capable hands of Bruce Miller.
I would like to thank the
retailers and shop assistants for
all the support over the years and
rest assured you will still see me
in the inner city, walking the beat
I will still, however, continue to
organise the photos of Napier's
active shoplifters to the retailers.
Shoplifting remains a major
When doing the checks on all
the persons caught shoplifting
over the previous six months,
there are some names which
appear regularly and have done so
for many years.
There are about 10 women who
would be on the list every time for
the most active shoplifters'
One example is a woman who
has been convicted 16 times in the
last year for shoplifting and has
been trespassed from 24 stores.
On the last conviction, she was
sentenced to community work.
A number of groups are going to
various stores and stealing in
bulk, mainly large items obviously
for the Christmas period.
Meat is a regular target of these
Burglaries remain a problem
with more than 30 reported each
month in my area over October
Again the worst hit areas in
both months are still the Napier
South and Marewa East areas.
There have been several very
good results with burglars being
caught recently in Napier and
Hastings through neighbours
reporting suspicious activity.
Psa spread raises fears
News that the virulent form of the
kiwifruit vine disease Psa has spread
well beyond the Bay of Plenty has
added another level of concern'' to
the fears of Hawke's Bay growers
that it could reach here.
Psa is now attacking orchards in
Pukekohe in south Auckland, 140
kilometres north of Te Puke where it
has been devastating orchards.
Hawke's Bay, just on 200km south
of Te Puke, has 45 kiwifruit orchards
producing about one million trays of
fruit a year.
Last week biosecurity agency Kiwi-
fruit Vine Health (KVH) confirmed
that tests on two suspected orchards
in Pukekohe have confirmed the
Two more cases in the area are
Hawke's Bay Fruit Growers Associ-
ation kiwifruit committee chairman
and kiwifruit grower Dave Mackie
said stringent measures were in place
to try and keep out the disease, but
the risks were still high.
Contractors carrying the bacteria
on clothes and equipment such as
pruning gear posed the greatest risk.
We're doing everything we can.
I've just bailed up six [people] looking
for work and asked them where they
They said Katikati.
I told them don't you dare set foot
on any Hawke's Bay orchard without
them knowing you're coming'.''
Orchardists had erected signs on
their properties' gates warning people
not to enter without prior notifi-
Mr Mackie said Hawke's Bay
growers were not bringing in root
stock or importing pollen from other
areas, and protocols around bringing
in fruit from other areas for
processing had been set up with the
He said the best news for Hawke's
Bay growers would be that hot
weather was coming.
The disease could not cope with
temperatures over 25 degrees.
As of a month ago, testing showed
orchards in Hawke's Bay were clear
of the disease, with a further test
being carried out now.
KVH general manager John Burke
said confirmation Psa had travelled
beyond the Bay of Plenty drove home
the point that all kiwifruit growing
regions in the country were at risk,
and every grower and packhouse had
to continue to do all they could to
More than 800 of the country's
3000-odd orchards have Psa-V, nearly
all in the Bay of Plenty.
Letterhead: Dean Evenson is a keeper of the craft.
Brushes still a
sign of the times
Signwriter Dean Evenson loves nothing more than an
excuse to get the brushes out and get some paint down.
And, in a world of computer-generated signage, he's not
alone. There are hundreds of these keepers of the craft''
who wouldn't miss one of the Letterheads workshops
that are hosted annually around the country, and around
The most recent, hosted by Dean of Signitup in Napier,
attracted 41 signwriters from around New Zealand and
Letterheads workshops are all about teaching skills
and sharing knowledge. There are no egos and precious
secrets, and that's what it's about,'' says Dean, who's
been in the trade for three decades.
I learned something at the workshop that I've never
done before and that was creating an authentic-looking
aged sign, by hand, on an old 1957 hot rod truck. Like
any form of art, there's always more to learn.
The workshop focused on gold-leafing, pinstriping,
handwriting with a brush, creating aged-signs and airb-
rushing -- all the stuff that the digital age is wiping out
-- skills that the new apprentices aren't taught any
When Dean finished his five-year signwriting appren-
ticeship 30 years ago, he took great care of his collection
of expensive brushes. We only used brushes; there was
no other way to do it. About 1987 computers started to
come in with digital print and today it dominates the
industry. Today's young apprentices come away with a
squeegee, a roller and a knife -- that's what it's boiled
The trade is a dying art. Sadly, with the high volume
of digital print work and quick turnaround, the humble
signwriter has been replaced by a printer. But that's just
a sign of the times. However there are still applications
when traditional hand-painted signage is the most suit-
able technique, mainly rough-cast walls, and Dean still
handwrites honours boards for schools using gold leaf.
He loves the art of using brushes because it's a very
therapeutic and creative experience. When the hand can
produce what the mind wants, the creative spirit is very
intense during that process, and very satisfying.
To signwrite by hand you've got to have a basic
drawing ability, layout and colour sense, because if
you don't have that, you may as well not be in the
The young ones who attended Letterheads had
never used brushes before, and they couldn't believe
how awesome it was -- they went away buzzed and
enthused about doing it again.''
There is at least one Letterheads workshop held
each year nationally and internationally, and Dean
can't wait for the next one. Letterheads, like petrol-
heads, have an undying passion for their industry.
Success: A gala day held by Friends of Marineland recently has
helped the group raise the $12,000 needed to pay their legal
fees, as they continue to battle the Napier City Council to have
Marineland reopened to the public. About 600 people turned out
to enjoy Party in the Paddock, with almost all asking when the
next one will be held. The winner of dinner for two at The Old
Church Restaurant is Jamie Thompson, of Napier. Pictured are
Friends of Marineland celebrating their success.
$12,000 to fight
city festive look
About 832 metres of tinsel
have been carefully attached
to Christmas decorations to
brighten inner city Napier
over the festive season.
Students from Nelson Park
School have been working
with artist Gail Wright to
design and assemble the
Students have used
recycled materials, including
recycled tinsel, Ms Wright
The metal ball frames that
support the decorations are
also recycled. In a previous
life they were attached to
Emerson St palm trees until
the trees outgrew them.
There was some discussion
over whether the students'
suggestion of a snowman was
appropriate for a Kiwi
Christmas, but the students
felt it was good to represent
the way Christmas was
celebrated in other places,
There is always great
feedback when the street
decorations appear and the
public are very good at look-
ing after them, she says.
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