Waitaki Herald : January 28th 2015
NEWS WAITAKI HERALD, JANUARY 28, 2015 11 ing the public to be on the lookout for growing operations or related suspicious activity. Police are conducting a nation- wide operation, Operation Jasmine, and are also encouraging the public to report any concerns related to cannabis growth. ‘‘Cannabis is grown in areas near walking tracks with a nearby water supply source so trampers, hunters, people fishing, jet boaters and anyone who works in aviation can help by keeping an eye out for this type of crop,’’ Detective Sergeant Regan Boucher said. ‘‘Plants grown outside are likely to be noticeable at this time of the year either due to their bright lime-green colouring or because growers have fenced their plots to prevent predation by pests.’’ Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy, of Oamaru, said there weren’t any areas in North Otago where cannabis growing operations were more prevalent than others, but wanted to hear from anyone with any leads. If people have information about cannabis growth they can contact police or call Crimestoppers anonymously, he said.. Police said some of the tell-tale signs of cannabis growing include Growing time: Police are asking for the public’s assistance to identify cannabis growing operations. fence heights being increased, curtains and windows being kept closed day and night, shed and garage windows being blacked out, bright lights on at a strange time of night, or constantly, a con- stant hum of fans running continually and people and vehicles visiting properties throughout the Photo: JOHN HAWKINS/FAIRFAX NZ day and night. Oamaru police can be contacted on 433 1400 and Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Public asked to look out for cannabis W By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD firstname.lastname@example.org ith the cannabis growing season well under way, Oamaru Police are ask- Looking for Community spirit: The North Otago Toy Library is joining forces with Mitre 10 for the libraries’ Toy Donation appeal. From left Nina Dickie; Mite 10 assistant manager John Avis; Zach Dickie; North Otago Toy Library president Maria Dickie; Mitre 10 manager Nicky Kofoed and North Otago Toy Library public relations manager Niamh Tomes. Photo: Supplied Helping hand for toy appeal The North Otago Toy Library (NOTL) is getting a hand from Mitre 10 for a toy donation appeal. The appeal will run for three weeks from Monday, January 26 to Sunday, February 15 and is an opportunity for families to donate unwanted toys to a good cause. ‘‘Many people approach us to donate toys. Sometimes their children have outgrown them, or their kids accumulate so many they only play with a small portion,’’ NOTL president Maria Dickie said. ‘‘The great thing about donat- ing toys to the library is that your kids aren’t giving them up forever. They can come and visit and hire them out.’’ The appeal has been organised in conjunction with Mitre 10 because the toy library opens only two days a week. The store will host a donations basket so members of the community can drop toys off during working hours. Toy library PR Officer Niamh Shaw said the idea to join with Mitre 10 for the appeal came following an increase in interest in the library from dads. ‘‘At a presentation at the Parents’ Centre Antenatal Classes last November, we got really positive feedback from the prospective fathers,’’ Shaw said. ‘‘We’ve also seen an increased number of dads bringing their children to the Toy Library for some fun time.’’ The library is looking for a variety of toys that are different. ‘‘We like to stock the larger or more unusual toys, or those that aren’t easily accessible from the larger outlets,’’ Dickie said. ‘‘We welcome any donated toys but, given the nature of what we do, toys must be durable, washable and not missing essential parts or pieces. In cases where donated toys are unsuitable for the library’s constant use, we will make every effort to pass them on to other charities or otherwise repurpose them.’’ New patient exam and x-rays* *Terms and conditions apply. Expires 31st March 2015. Wanbrow House 6 Coquet Street, Oamaru Ph: (03) 434 8554 Practices nationwide | 0800 LUMINO | lumino.co.nz USUALLY $122! a new dentist? Nick and the team at Lumino Oamaru welcome dentist Bill Richardson – all the way from Alaska!
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