Warning on online repair offers
Beware of people online offering to repair your computer, Consumer NZ warns. A Consumer member lost $150 when contacted by a company which said they could do her repairs. This week she received two more calls from someone saying they were telephoning from England offering to refund that money, if she logged into her computer. He said he was from the company, which had been ordered by the Government to return the money. In all cases they wanted computer access and credit card details. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said: "The best option if you receive an offer via phone to repair your computer is to hang up."
Community helps fight arsons
Firefighters in South Hokianga are hoping a spate of deliberately lit roadside fires will end now that police have been given a suspect's name. The Waima area has been plagued by fires lit in dry grass along State Highway 12 over recent months. While damage has so far been limited to fence posts, the callouts are frustrating for the volunteers of the Rawene Fire Brigade. Signs were put up at Waima and at the scene of a roadside fire in Okaihau calling on locals to pass on any information. Fire Service Muriwhenua area manager Allan Kerrisk said "community-led intelligence" had been received and passed on to police. If you know anything about a suspicious fire, call your nearest police station or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
A December 15 Northern Advocate story on the investigation into the medical care of a toddler who had died from meningitis stated a doctor involved was from Kerikeri. Although the doctor was from the Bay of Islands, the practitioner involved was not from Kerikeri.