24 days ago

Please read this SCAM alert

Ray from Levin

NEW SCAM!This is very clever. I would probably fall for it if not warned. Give this wide distribution. This scam is actually very clever. Just when you thought you'd heard it all. Be very careful out there! Beware of people bearing gifts!The following is a recounting of the incident from the victim:Wednesday a week ago, I had a phone call from someone saying that he was from some outfit called: "Express Couriers," (The name could be any courier company). He asked if I was going to be home because there was a package for me that required a signature.The caller said that the delivery would arrive at my home in roughly an hour. Sure enough, about an hour later, a uniformed delivery man turned up with a beautiful basket of flowers and a bottle of wine. I was very surprised since there was no special occasion or holiday, and I certainly didn't expect anything like it. Intrigued, I inquired as to who the sender was.  The courier replied, "I don't know, I'm only delivering the package."  Apparently, a greeting card was being sent separately. (The card has never arrived!) There was also a consignment note with the gift.He then went on to explain that because the gift contained alcohol, there was a $3.50 "delivery/ verification charge," providing proof that he had actually delivered the package to an adult (of legal drinking age), and not just left it on the doorstep where it could be stolen or taken by anyone, especially a minor.  This sounded logical and I offered to pay him cash. He then said that the delivery company required payment to be by credit or debit card only, so that everything is properly accounted for, and this would help in keeping a legal record of the transaction.  He added, "Couriers don't carry cash to avoid loss or likely targets for robbery."My husband, who by this time was standing beside me, pulled out his credit card, and the "delivery man," asked him to swipe the card on a small mobile card machine with a small screen and keypad. Frank, myhusband, was asked to enter his PIN number and a receipt was printed out. He was given a copy of the transaction.The guy said everything was in order, and wished us good day.To our horrible surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday, $4,000 had been charged/withdrawn from our credit/debit account at various ATM machines.Apparently the "mobile credit card machine," which the deliveryman carried now had all the info necessary to create a "dummy" card with all our card details including the PIN number.Upon finding out about the illegal transactions on our card, we immediately notified the bank which issued us a new card, and our credit/debit account was closed.We also personally went to the police, where it was confirmed that it is definitely a scam because several households had been similarly hit.WARNING: Be wary of accepting any "surprise gift or package," which you neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves any kind of payment as a condition of receiving the gift or package. Also, never accept anything If you do not personally know or there is no proper identification of who the sender is.Above all, the only time you should give out any personal credit/debit card information is when you yourself initiated the purchase or transaction!PLEASE, pass this on, it may just prevent someone else from being swindledMUST READ AND LET FAMILY AND FRIENDS KNOW

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Carla from Foxton Beach

Does anyone have any out door plants they are getting rid of?. Kids are building up there garden please 🙂

20 hours ago

we'r not going to take it any more, justice and respect for the elderly

Tina from Levin

I can confidently state i am part of the ngapuhi tribe courtesy of my grandchildren

1 day ago

What contemporary land alienation in Horowhenua looks like

Veronica from Levin

Te Whena Lewis of Ngati Wehi Wehi says land secured in 100 year leases by his grandfather's daughter in the early 1900s has been sold to land and property developers in Horowhenua instead of being returned to the rightful owners.

"Kareana Te Whena was the last 100 year leaseholder. The land my grandfather owned went from the foot of the Tararua Ranges to the high tide mark at the beach, and that’s all along,” he said.

"My grandfather back in his day never sold any land. Hence the 100 year leases that were put in place."

He says the injustice has resulted in the suppression of the economic rights and advancement of the rightful owners.

"And it has to do with the land, specifically with the land,” he said.

He says land covered by the 100 year leases already sold for "Greenbelt residential" housing development includes "Strathnaver” developed by the Pritchard Group at the southern end of Waikawa Beach and another growing development inland at Emma Drive.

Of the two developments only the Pritchard Group development has been included in Council's Horowhenua Growth Strategy 2040, adopted last year, and its predecessor the 2008 Horowhenua Development Plan.

The Emma Drive housing sub-division, and all the other "Greenbelt residential" housing growing like topsy along the south western corridor between Manakau and Waikawa Beach, has not been included in either the 2008 development or the current 20 year growth strategy in what can only be described as a deliberate omission.

Mr Lewis said the Emma Drive development proceeded despite the land being protected by reserve status because it was an ancient swamp "thousands of years old and covered in Kanuka trees."

He also claims the Pa committee received $64,000 for approving the resource consent for land development at Strathnaver and Emma Drive.

"But where’s the money?”

Marae committee members of Te Kotahitanga o Te Iwi o Ngati Wehi Wehi signed a Memorandum of Partnership (MOP) with the Council on 12 November 2012 after lodging a Treaty of Waitangi claim in 2008 on behalf of “themselves” and Ngati Wehi Wehi.

The information is on the Ngati Wehi Wehi website.

"There is a reason why they [the pa committee] signed that memorandum with the Council. To allow pakeha to take over after the 100 year leases were up."

“They have nothing to do with the old people, yet they have made decisions as if they are. They are only a Pa committee.

“Kareana Te Whena – that’s my grandfather. They aren’t related to me," he said.

When he tried to get his whakapapa back that had been archived by the Marae committee he was told it had been, "water damaged and was destroyed."

"Now all of a sudden they are out there doing all these land deals.”

“The Marae committee have used this knowledge to financially benefit themselves. They should have left all that information. Now they have made it their future."

"And all of a sudden from Wehi comes, ‘my, me, myself.’ They only think about themselves," he said.

Ngati Wehi Wehi also supported the resource consent application submitted by Levin registered surveyor’s Truebridge Associates in March 2015 for Wayne Bishop Investments Limited staged 500 new build Speldhurst Lifestyle Estate on the outskirts of in Levin township.

Wayne Bishop Investments Ltd is owned by Horowhenua district councillor Wayne Bishop.