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THE WELLINGTONIAN, MAY 19, 2011
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ON THE BEAT
Police are disappointed with
Wellington city on-licenses that sold
to under-age buyers in a sting last
Of the six on-licenses visited, four
sold to a 16-year-old, accompanied
by a 17-year-old.
Acting Wellington district commander
inspector Richard Chambers said he
was disappointed with the results.
''Those who breached the Sale of
Liquor Act will be referred to the
Liquor Licensing Authority.''
Police are seeking a car in
connection with the robbery of
Daawat Indian restaurant late last
At about 9.20pm on April 24 two
men, one armed with a gun, the other
with a knife, entered the restaurant
and demanded cash from staff.
Police are looking for a dark coloured
Toyota Hilux that may have been
used during the robbery.
Police are seeking two vehicles
stolen from the garage of a Hataitai
A silver Hyundai Sante Fe,
registration number DJC445, and a
silver Honda Jazz, registration
BSQ666, were taken from a garage
on Waipapa Rd on May 9.
Call the police on 381 2000 or
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if
you have information.
Kilbirnie police retain Timor link
Constable Theo Gommans
Senior constable Helen Dickson
By REBECCA THOMSON
There s a changing of the guard at the
Kilbirnie police station.
Senior constable Helen Dickson is leav-
ing to work in East Timor and constable
Theo Gommans is returning to Kilbirnie.
Mr Gommans was based in Kilbirnie two
years ago, but left to serve in East Timor
for 14 months. He returned late last year,
but was sent to Christchurch after the
In East Timor, Mr Gommans worked
with the New Zealand community police
contingent attached to the United Nations
mission in the area.
He said it was an interesting and worth-
while experience. It s very poor, very Third
World. The average New Zealander would
struggle to live in the conditions there.
They live in concrete slab home with no
air conditioning, said Mr Gommans. But
the people, they are really happy, easy-
He said domestic violence was one of the
biggest problems in East Timor.
When something goes wrong it can esca-
late from two individuals having a dis-
agreement to two large groups throwing
rocks at each other.
The one thing you don t really get,
though, is theft. That s much more of a
problem here [in New Zealand].
As part of the Wellington policing group
sent to Christchurch, Mr Gommans was
patrolling the cordoned-off areas of the city.
That was the most humbling thing I ve
ever experienced. The Cantabrians were
The locals couldn t do enough for us.
Every 30 minutes someone would come by
with cake. There was a guy who would
come around with a barbecue on the back of
his truck, handing out barbecued meat, and
there was a regular coffee cart.
We were getting so much food, we
couldn t eat it all. These people had gone
out of their way, so we couldn t not accept
it. We collected the food and gave it to fam-
ilies in need.
Mr Gommans also enjoyed working
alongside Australian federal and state
police officers who were helping.
They have a great sense of humour, are
really professional and really easy to work
with. The Anzac bond is stronger than
Meanwhile, Ms Dickson is preparing to
serve a six-month term in East Timor,
where she will work as part of the com-
munity policing mission.
It s a fantastic opportunity. I am really
excited to be going, she said.
Ms Dickson is unsure where in East
Timor she will be based, but is looking for-
ward to mentoring the local police.
It s exciting because we are highly
skilled and it will be neat to share our
She is also looking forward to living in a
I won t miss Wellington s wind.
Star: Jana Viktoria Baldovino, whose promise as a dancer has been recognised.
Dancers win scholarships
Three Wellington-based dancers
have been awarded Alana Haines
Jana Viktoria Baldovino, 11, from
Miramar, won a scholarship to the
Royal Academy s international sum-
Caue, Frias, 17, from Sao Paulo, a
second-year fulltime student at the
New Zealand School of Dance, won
$1000 and a scholarship to the
Emma White, 18, from Auckland,
a third-year student at the School of
Dance, won a scholarship to Rosella
High Tower School in Cannes.
The 20th anniversary of the bien-
nial Alana Haines Australasian
awards was held in Auckland at
The event commemorates a prom-
ising 11-year-old Wellington dancer
Alana Haines, who was tragically
killed on Christmas Eve, 1989. The
awards were founded in 1991 by
Alana s mother, and former Royal
New Zealand Ballet dancer, Katie
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