Mike Turinsky wants to see crime decline in our area. There are a lot of different things the Howick Local Board can do to reduce crime. Mike will continue to collaborate with police, crime watch patrols, and neighbourhood support teams. He is currently working with residents to clean up the viewpoint area of Point View Drive. He has supported the start up of a new Flat Bush Neighbourhood Support group. He is working on multiple ways to remove and prevent illegal dumping. And he is working on the creation of a Neet Streets programme for our community. 

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Cleaning up the Viewpoint on Point View Drive​​

Some problems are complex. There is a problem brewing up on Point View Drive. Boy racers are driving around in the middle of the night. Drug dealings and fights are disturbing the peace. And loads of rubbish is being left behind. There is a section of land at 178 Point View Drive that is becoming a nightmare for fellow residents. Within the weekly rubbish you will find beer bottles, cans, condoms, syringes, and a pile of fast food and takeaway boxes. 


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Flat Bush Neighbourhood Support​​​ 

One way we can reduce crime is by starting Neighbourhood Support groups. My friend Shiv Prasad is doing just that. He has started the Flat Bush Neighbourhood Support Committee. I worked with Shiv, the Howick Local Board, and council staff to provide the support needed to establish this group. It was time for Flat Bush and Ormiston to have its own committee. Prasad's vision is to have "every street in Flat Bush join us."

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Removal and Prevention of Illegal Dumping

For two years I have been advocating that something needs to change in our area around illegal dumping. Auckland City has ended the previous inorganic collection programme. We are now regularly seeing illegal dumping around the Botany subdivision. And most of it ends up on empty land plots and building sites. Our area has a lot of building sites and plots of empty land, so this is a massive issue, especially in Flat Bush and Ormiston.

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Neet Streets Programme

By Mike Turinsky

The "Neet Streets" programme will be implemented in the Howick Local Board area. Ōtara Lake and Waterways Trust achieved a similar plan with the help of the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board. They brought multiple skip bins out for inorganic collection for people to recycle and properly dispose of inorganic material. 

We have to work together to reduce illegal dumping and educate people on protecting our environment. I am the Howick Local Board member that works with Ōtara Lake and Waterways Trust. I attend their meetings on behalf of the Howick Local Board. And I am also committed to making Botany and Flat Bush's building sites cleaner and better for our local waterways.

STATUS: This project is in the works.