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By ESTHER LAUAKI
Pacific police officers from the
eastern suburbs are among those
heading to the Islands to join in
the golden jubilee of Samoa's inde-
pendence next month.
The Kiwi contingent flying to
Samoa tomorrow consists of 50
sworn and 12 unsworn officers.
Sworn officers will march in the
Independence Day opening cere-
mony and will also take part in
other areas of the event.
New Zealand seized Samoa
from German occupation in 1914
and formal governance was
allocated by the League of Nations
Western Samoa achieved inde-
pendence in 1962 and Tupua
Tamasese Mea'ole became joint
head of state with Malietoa Tanu-
Today Samoan Independence is
observed as a week-long cele-
bration starting from June 1.
National police spokesman
inspector William Fanene says
the group is pleased to be sharing
in the festivities.
It was very important that we
participate because Samoa was a
New Zealand protectorate at the
time it gained its independence.
We've encouraged all officers of
Samoan decent to go along to the
Recent census results say more
than 130,000 Samoans live in
Glen Innes constable Finau
Lauati will be representing not
only his squad but his family
when he travels back to the
Mr Lauati was born and raised
in Samoa and joined the New Zea-
land Police in 2003.
I've always wanted to be a cop,
to catch the bad guys like in the
movies. I'm also grateful that I'm
a Samoan in the police so I can
help our people understand the
law and the difference between
doing things the Samoan way and
doing things the New Zealand
way. I speak the language so I
translate when they have limited
The most important thing for
me going back to Samoa for Inde-
pendence Day as part of the New
Zealand police is being able to
encourage people who are think-
ing of coming to live here that if I
can work hard and be a success in
my field, they can too.''
Visit samoa2012.co.nz for a full
list of events happening in New
House torched while
pensioner in hospital
A 65-year-old man was found with a
broken neck and a brain bleed in his
Glen Innes home earlier this month
only to have his house ransacked and
torched while he was in hospital.
Glen Innes Detective Rob Cabusao
says a neighbour found the man lying
in a pool of blood in his Taniwha St flat
on May 11.
Mr Cabusao says the man was con-
scious by the time ambulance staff
arrived but is unable to remember
what happened to him. He was taken
to Auckland Hospital with serious
Police are still talking to the area's
residents and are unsure if his injuries
are the result of an attack or a fall.
At about 2am on May 18, a week
after he was hospitalised, the man's
house was broken into and his couch
was set on fire.
The walls were grafittied and his
belongings were strewn about.
Neighbours saw smoke and called
the fire department. Fire safety
investigators have determined the fire
was deliberately lit, Mr Cabusao says.
The man has not yet been able to go
home so police are unable to confirm if
anything was stolen.
Mr Cabusao says police are follow-
ing leads but are not yet certain if the
two events are linked.
Call the Glen Innes CIB on 524 1920
or call Crimestoppers anonymously on
0800 555 111 if you have information.
Daylight robbery in St Heliers
Police are appealing for sightings
of a man caught robbing a St
Heliers house on Saturday.
Senior Sergeant Hirone
Waretini says an elderly lady dis-
turbed a man inside her Speight
Rd house about 1pm.
The man is believed to have
stolen her handbag and house
keys before riding away towards
St Heliers on a bicycle.
Mr Waretini says the thief is
described as a male of Polynesian
or Maori descent in his 30s. He
was wearing a black cap, a black
hooded jacket and shorts.
Phone the Mt Wellington police
on 5267300 if you saw a man
matching this description in
Mission Bay or St Heliers on
in spate of robberies
Police are investigating whether
four break-ins over the weekend are
Senior Sergeant Hirone Waretini
says the front window of Hell Pizza
in Ellerslie was smashed and the
safe targeted at 11pm on Sunday.
At 12.15am on Monday a rear
window of the tea rooms on Ran-
furly Rd in Epsom was broken.
The front window of Mission Bay's
Fish Pot Cafe was smashed at
2.30am on Monday and at 4am the
front door of Gladstone Butchery on
Gladstone Rd in Parnell was
jimmied. In each instance the
thieves were targeting places where
money can be kept, such as safes,
Mr Waretini says.
Police have not yet confirmed if
anything was stolen, he says.
It's a short amount of time.
While we've got nothing concrete to
link them we certainly can't rule
Phone the Mt Wellington police on
526 7300 or call Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111 if you have
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