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HASTINGS MAIL, JULY 6, 2011
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Discovering Havelock North Much more than just a village
Bookworms: Gerard Depardieu and Gisele
Casadesus in My Afternoons with Margueritte.
Sweet and funny
My Afternoons with
Rated (M) comedy
Now showing at
Cinema Gold in
French with English
When illiterate handy-
man Germain (Gerard
(Gisele Casadesus), his
life changes. Soon,
Germain is loving
literature and spending
as much time with his
friend as he does with
his pub pals. A senti-
mental drama set in
small-town France, it s
an age-old tale of two lonely folk healing wounds,
yet done with sweetness and humour.
New camera perspective on village
On the look out: Havelock North
Community Patrol president Dennis
Oliver controls one of the Village's
four CCTV cameras with the images
displayed on a new compact
monitor. Next to him is Havelock
North Community Policing Centre's
watchhouse officer Paula Lobb.
Behind the counter are councillor
Wayne Bradshaw and Havelock
North Business Association
president Adrienne Pierce.
measures in the Village -- includ-
ing a new CCTV monitor recently
installed at the Havelock North
Community Policing Centre, and
possibly two new security cameras
-- will help protect the livelihoods
of business owners and increase
safety for residents and visitors.
Previously, live video feeds from
the village s four existing CCTV
cameras had to be viewed on an
outdated monitor so large it had
to be wall-mounted.
Last week, president of the
Havelock North Community
Patrol, Dennis Oliver, business
association president, Adrienne
Pierce, and councillor Wayne
Bradshaw, visited staff at the
police station to see first-hand the
clearer images on the new com-
pact digital monitor.
The community patrol is now
permanently based at the police
station. President Dennis Oliver
said his members assisted police
to monitor the CCTV footage after
midnight on the busiest nights for
police, when most incidents --
often alcohol-related -- occurred.
One pair will be here from mid-
night till 2am, while another pair
is out patrolling the village by car,
then they swap for the 2am to
4am shift. We do this every
Saturday night and sometimes get
called in on Thursday nights as
Mr Oliver has been with the
community patrol since its incep-
tion in 2005, and has no doubts
the CCTV cameras have helped
reduced crime in the village.
Three years ago there was an
average of 30 incidents a month in
the village, which could be any-
thing from a smashed window to a
fight. Now, that figure is down to
an average of only five a month,
The installation of one new
CCTV camera, and possibly two,
is planned for the village after
Hastings District Council
approved $18,000 in the recent
annual plan for the security
measures, following a funding
request initiated by Ms Pierce and
The priority is to install one
camera on Te Mata Rd near St
Luke s Close, which will be able
cover the skate bowl in the Have-
lock North Domain and busi-
nesses on Porter Dr.
The other camera is planned for
the top of Joll Rd, but may have to
wait until further funds are avail-
I would like to see the first new
camera be installed, hopefully by
Christmas, says Mr Bradshaw.
We do need to do some work on
getting best value for this money,
as the council says it may cost us
$30,000 to even get one new cam-
era. We will be getting onto this
ASAP, he said.
Ms Pierce said more CCTV
security cameras made good busi-
People come to visit and shop
in the village because they feel
safe. It s important that we main-
tain that sense of security, she
The council also included an
amount of $12,000 in the annual
plan for the business association
to investigate enhanced street
scape designs for the Village, con-
tinuing the vine theme from
Middle Rd and Te Aute Rd.
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