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FRIENDLY FACE: Caroline Stowell wants to establish
good relationships with Kaiapoi residents.
of the law
Caroline Stowell is Kaiapoi's new community
liaison officer and is looking forward to making
new acquaintances in the town.
Her role was known better in times gone by as
community constable. Constable Stowell started
work a few weeks ago in the part-time position, on
her return to the front line after taking time out
She describes herself as being a Kaiapoi girl
through-and-through, having lived in the town
since she was 10. This is where she went to school,
played sport and served as a voluntary firefighter.
She's also in her second term on the community
board, where she is deputy chairwoman.
With such an intimate knowledge of the
community, her first goal is to lay the groundwork
-- establishing relationships and creating a
database of socially isolated elderly residents, for
example -- that will allow her to develop an
integrated positive policing role for Kaiapoi.
The people on the social agencies' lists are
there because they're already engaged with the
system; they're part of a network. There are a lot
of vulnerable elderly, though, who slip through the
cracks. Many might be perfectly happy with their
solitude or have great family and friends around
them, but there are others who aren't so lucky and
might like to share a coffee every few weeks. And
it's important that they know they can always pick
up the phone and call me if they feel uncomfort-
able or threatened. These are the people I want to
find and catch up with regularly.''
She also aims to become a familiar face around
community and school events.
I'm about to start visiting some of the local pre-
schools too, to have a look at how parents are
using children's car seats. It's not about throwing
the book at anyone, it's just that the rules have
changed, and I can bring them up to speed with
the new requirements and help them keep their
More than all this, she radiates optimism about
Kaiapoi's future as the community recovers from
the stresses of the last couple of years.
I love Kaiapoi -- it's a neat wee town. In a few
years time, we're going to look amazing.''
Constable Stowell can be called on 03 327 9864.
QUAKE HIATUS: Farmers took a hit in June last year after the earthquakes.
By ANNA PRICE
HERE TO STAY: Farmers department store in Rangiora'd High St.
We've stated from day one
we've always been committed
to opening a store in Rangiora.
Our preference is to remain on
the existing site.''
FARMERS TRADING Company
has hotly refuted claims in its
loyalty club's email newsletter
that the Rangiora store will not
Chief financial officer Michael
Power says the information is
He immediately spoke to the
club organisers on Thursday in
response to the Northern Out-
look inquiry to thwart further
The loyalty club email dated
November 21, stated: Thank
you for contacting us here at
Farmers. Unfortunately due to
the damage, Farmers have
decided to not reopen the Ran-
The email gave the club's 0800
number for inquiries.
That's incorrect,'' Mr Power
We've stated from day one
we've always been committed to
opening a store in Rangiora. Our
preference is to remain on the
The company was working
with the owners, insurance com-
panies, engineers and assessors
to determine whether the new
store would be a repair or a
We've look at other sites. The
problem is getting one the right
size and location. In Rangiora,
there is not a lot of a choice.
We're obviously keeping our
He hoped to receive clear
direction with hopefully some
conclusion'' in the next few
We are committed to Ran-
giora. I'd like to be able to make
a decision in next few weeks if
possible,'' he said.
We're waiting for engineers
and insurance to make deter-
minations and everyone down
there knows this is not a quick
Exasperated by the content of
the club email, Auckland-based
Mr Power said Farmers apolo-
gised for any confusion.
Farmers' Facebook page dated
May 4 read, It is most disap-
pointing that we are unable to
re-open the Rangiora store at
However, it is most certainly
our desire and intention to re-
open Farmers in Rangiora as
soon as possible.''
Rangiora customer Rebe
Nolan said she was shocked by
the November 21 email.
I thought it must be right
and told several friends. I said
It made no sense as Rangiora
is growing rapidly, and a large
department store should be a
real asset to encourage residents
to shop locally.''
She was elated with Farmers'
putting the record straight.
I'm delighted. I really am.
It's a long established store
and Rangiora would be lost
without it,'' she said.
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