Home' North Harbour News : March 8th 2013 Contents www.northharbournews.co.nz
NORTH HARBOUR NEWS, MARCH 8, 2013
P. +64 9 520 5221
No matter what your daughter's
aspirations are, Diocesan helps
create more opportunities for
At Diocesan, girls from
Foundation Class to year 13 are
part of a school that continues
to produce New Zealand's
highest levels of academic,
sporting and arts achievement.
Come and see how we help
girls become more than they
Car is key to mystery
By MARYKE PENMAN
Cissy 'Bin' Chen
POLICE are appealing for sight-
ings of a 2002 white Nissan Pulsar
they believe will lead them to the
body of missing Torbay woman
Cissy Bin' Chen, 44.
The fresh lead comes on the back
of a four-month investigation into
Ms Chen was last seen leaving
her work as an accountant in Glen-
field around 4.30pm on November
5. Police say she returned to her
Waiau St home in Torbay where
she made a number of phone
She was reported missing at
around 9.30pm that evening by her
partner, who told police she had
not returned from a regular walk
along nearby Long Bay beach.
Police say they do not believe Ms
Chen ever went for a walk.
Ms Chen's partner has been
assisting with the investigation but
no arrests have yet been made.
Police upgraded the investi-
gation to a homicide after exhaus-
tive land, sea and air searches but
progress fell stagnant in the
absence of any reported sightings.
North Shore acting detective
Senior Sergeant Megan Goldie is
confident the new lead will gener-
ate promising information.
Lots of people in her neighbour-
hood would have been outside on
grass berms and footpaths letting
off and observing fireworks as it
was Guy Fawkes night.
Surely someone must have seen
something,'' she says.
Sightings of the white car in the
Bays, Albany and Rosedale areas
could well lead police directly to Ms
Chen's body, she says.
Did you see it in an unusual
location or driving erratically?
If you did we need to hear from
Joggers, walkers and cyclists are
being urged to look out for signs of
Ms Chen's body in secluded North
It is believed she was buried in a
green belt area or bush reserve, Ms
Ms Chen lived in New Zealand
for 22 years after moving here from
China as a student.
Call 0800 24 779 or
CrimeStoppers anonymously on
0800 555 111 if you have any
By MARYKE PENMAN
Spectators gathering near a
dangerous transformer fire taking
photos and video on their phones
have shocked firefighters.
East Coast Bays fire officers
were called to the incident near
Triton Dr and Canaveral Dr in
Albany at 3.46pm on Tuesday.
It is the second time in less than
a year a transformer has caught
alight in this location.
Power was cut to commercial
Albany properties in July last year
after a possum was thought to have
caused the fire.
Station officer Nick Penfold says
they arrived on Tuesday afternoon
to find the transformer smoking
and making loud popping noises.
It was surprising the number of
people standing right there taking
photos and video of it. When it
started making louder bangs they
soon moved away,'' he says.
Power to the transformer was
shut down and both the road and
footpath were closed as firefighters
extinguished the blaze.
Mr Penfold says there were no
injuries and the damage was lim-
ited to the transformer itself.
The fire resulted in power being
cut to 64 customers in the area for
almost 16 hours, a Vector spokes-
Contractors needed to replace
the transformer and generators
could not be used because the low
voltage frame also needed replac-
ing, the spokesperson says.
Power was restored at 8.14am
the following morning.
Vector is investigating the cause.
Call for more water billing options
By LIZ WILLIS
Billing issues: Councillor Wayne
Walker says without adequate
direction Watercare can go on its
Auckland Council must tackle
Watercare Services over its billing
system, Albany councillor Wayne
Big bills have hurt residents,
particularly over a dry summer,
as Watercare charges for wast-
ewater based on water use.
Watercare assumes water use
reflects what heads down the
pipes and people with big gardens
are particularly angry.
Mr Walker says Watercare is a
and he will be urging fellow coun-
cillors to get more involved in bil-
We're very much in the back
seat and we have to be in the driv-
ing seat. Without adequate direc-
tion Watercare can go on its
merry way. Volumetric billing has
merit but the way Watercare
charges is too blunt'', he says.
Mr Walker says options include
separate metering for keen
gardeners and the introduction of
smart meters. Smart meters more
accurately assess water use and
help people pinpoint where
they're using the most water.
Watercare should be doing
more to encourage water conser-
vation than simply charging peo-
ple to use it, Mr Walker says.
There needs to be more finan-
cial incentives to reuse grey water
and put in water tanks. People
also need billing choice as forcing
people to pay monthly is over the
top'', he says.
Watercare has said it has no
plans to change its charging sys-
tem in 2013/2014.
Links Archive March 1st 2013 March 15th 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page