Thursday, February 22, 2024

Police station closed with blessing

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Dozens of people turned out for ceremony marking the official closing of the Howick Police station. Times photos Wayne Martin

The Howick Police station has been formally closed before being shipped off to its new home.

The building sits on land in Moore Street owned by Auckland Council which is on the market to be sold.

It will soon be trucked south to be used by Waikato Police.

A formal closing ceremony and blessing was held at the site on February 15 followed by a morning tea at nearby All Saints Anglican Church.

Counties Manukau East Police area commander, Inspector Scott Gemmell, hosted the event, which began with a blessing by kaumatua Brownie Rauwhero.

Police chaplain, Reverend Bruce Keeley, recited a prayer, and Howick Local Board chairperson Adele White read a short history of the police presence in Howick.

Gemmell read a speech by Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown, who was in Wellington to attend Parliament.

Among those at the event also were Counties Manukau Police district commander, Superintendent Jill Rogers, and former Counties Manukau East Police area commander, Inspector Wendy Spiller.

Police are expected to soon announce the location of the new base for the six Howick community officers.

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