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MAF Biosecurity New Zealand Detector Dog
Programme is seeking families living in the
Auckland areas to foster beagle puppies
for our Detector Dog Puppy Development
Programme. We are looking for a happy
home to care for the dogs until they reach
12--14 months of age, when they will begin
their training in risk item interception at
New Zealand International Airports.
Puppy walkers must be prepared to:
• welcome the dog into your family;
• meet with the Puppy Development Team
monthly, both at home and at public
venues as required;
• spend time with the dog and socialise it
to all environments;
• have a fully fenced property with a fence
height no less than 1.2m.
PUPPY WALKING PROGRAMME
NEW ZEALAND. IT'S
OUR PLACE TO PROTECT.
To register your interest, or for more
information about the Puppy Development
Programme, please contact:
Breeding and Kennel Manager
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230 Great South Road, Papakura
Phone 299 3141
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ALL MAINS FOR
For the month of April - Mondays only
(Conditions apply -- Excluding seafood)
A new website dedi-
cated to the memory of
the 28th Maori Bat-
talion wants to find a
photo for each of its
The website www.28
was developed by
Manatu Taonga -- the
Ministry for Culture
and Heritage -- in part-
nership with Te Puni
The Maori Battalion
was a voluntary unit
that fought in World
To date 44 veterans
are still alive, with
an average age of 90.
Monty Soutar says the
website aims to make it
the first New Zealand
infantry battalion from
World War Two to
boast a photo of every
man who served.
The website includes
an historical overview
of the battalion,
interactive map, contri-
buted photos, stories
and memories, re-
sources for schools,
and audio files --
related recordings from
Radio NZ archives.
There's also a nom-
inal roll and individual
pages for all 3600 men.
Since last July the
website has attracted
around 3000 visitors a
month with many
users contributing stor-
ies, memories and
Go to www.28maori
battalion.org.nz to con-
tribute photos or post
to Manatu Taonga --
the Ministry for Cul-
ture and Heritage, PO
Box 5364, Wellington.
-- David Tauranga
A day designed just for
youngsters will see them
doing t'ai chi, Indian
dance and flax weaving
all inside a marae.
The Youth Explosion
Day at Te Manukanuka
o Hoturoa Marae at
Auckland airport is
being put on by Hapai Te
Haurora Tapi and the
Auckland Council with
the support of the
Human Rights Com-
The event starts at
10am on April 2 and
transport is available to
and from the marae.
community adviser Nimi
Bedi on 278-9025 if you'd
like to attend -- spaces
A powerhouse project by pupils
In living colour: Looking at the work of students from Kelvin Rd Primary School and Papakura High School are, from left:
Papakura East neighbourhood policing team constable Richard Wallace, Safer Papakura Trust project manager Donna
Brooke, Brazilian artist Mauricio Benega and Kelvin Rd students Tukaroirangi Mackie, 11, Renei Makiriwairepo, 10, and
Teaomihia Kahuipahina, 10.
Photo: DAVID TAURANGA
By DAVID TAURANGA
A group of students have used the
power of art and their skills with a
paintbrush to help uplift the Papa-
kura East community.
Students from Kelvin Road
School and Papakura High School
have painted murals on power-
boxes along Harper and Stewart
streets and Settlement and
The murals are part of an initiat-
ive driven by the Papakura East
neighbourhood policing team and
supported by the Safer Papakura
Working alongside fulltime
Brazilian artist Mauricio Benega,
the students spent two days design-
ing the murals before taking on
three days of painting.
The five murals are based on the
theme the power of'' with boxes
depicting either music, nature,
ocean, culture and sports.
Policing team constable Richard
Wallace says the final clear coat
was put on the murals last Friday
and he is impressed by the students'
Our main aim is to uplift this
area in appearance and these
murals do that brilliantly because
the powerboxes were heavily
tagged,'' he says.
When we surveyed the area, one
issue was graffiti. It's like the
broken window theory -- deal with
the small problems and the larger
ones will reduce.''
Mr Wallace says painting tagged
items gives people the impression
the area is safe and cared for.
While it was a policing team
initiative, Mr Wallace says the real
driving factor was the Safer Papa-
kura Trust which provided the
paint and Mr Benega's services.
Trust manager Donna Brooke
says it has been a really neat proj-
ect'' to work on and will do a lot of
good for the Papakura East area.
I know theboxes will be left alone
-- once we put a mural on something
they pretty much stay graffiti-free.
This project's also given these
kids a wonderful opportunity to
work with Mauricio, someone who
makes money out of painting, and
the police. It's really good role mod-
elling for them.''
Go to www.papakuracourier.
co.nz to view the five murals
painted by the Kelvin Road
School and Papakura High
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