Whangarei Leader : January 27th 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER INSIDE Mixup pain Taxi customers call internet provider with same name – P7 Mystery When was this photo taken? – P8 No shade: Council parks and recreation manager Paul McDonald is disappointed by the repeated vandalism of shade sails at the new Onerahi playground. Fired up over damage By ALEXANDRA NEWLOVE PLAYGROUND vandalism cost ratepayers $20,000 last year. The new playground at Onerahi, which opened in November, is the latest victim. The council has already been forced to replace the shade sails – the first set was slashed irreparably and the new one had to be removed for repair late last year after vandals attempted to set fire to it. Whangarei District Coun- cil parks and recreation manager Paul McDonald says the repeated incidents are disappointing for the Vandals’ second attack on playground shade sails council and park users alike. The crime means the sails have been out of action during one of the hottest parts of the year, he says. Onerahi resident Jesika Laurence takes her two daughters, aged 1 and 2, to the park several times a week and says she is ‘‘gutted’’ by the loss of the sails. ‘‘My babies really love that park but now without the shade on top of the slide the plastic gets really hot, so I have to take towels for them to slide down so they dont get burnt,’’ she says. Laurence says she is annoyed at the vandals, but mainly blames their parents. ‘‘It’s the same kids hang- ing around picking up butts, smoking weed and drinking at all hours. I hate to see our youth with nothing better to do.’’ McDonald says the new playground was designed to not give access to the top of the sails. ‘‘The old playground allowed people to clamber up on to the sails. We did not foresee people standing on the top of the new play- ground and burning holes in the sails.’’ He estimates the shade sails will be back within a couple of weeks, but if the vandalism keeps happening the council cannot wear the cost of continuous repairs. A full set of sails costs about $8000, he says. One option being investigated is increasing the height of the poles, at a cost of about $6000. The council is also considering installing ‘‘discreet and temporary’’ surveillance cameras to deter potential vandals, par- Get a smile you’ll be proud of! • No metal braces – 6 Month Smiles uses clear braces • Treatment may take as little as 6 months • Flexible payment options • Dr Simon Leith offers a range of corrective dental treatments FOR A FREE CONSULTATION* CALL 0800 6 MONTHS * Some conditions apply Dr Simon Leith www.kerikeridentalcentre.co.nz before after ticularly as a new skate park is about to be built. ‘‘It’s especially disappointing because they’re not park team assets, they’re community assets. When people do this it’s the people that use them that lose out,’’ McDonald says. He says people can discourage vandals if it is safe to do so, and should report all incidents to the council. ❚ What do you think? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 027 483 0999. Include your name. Magical tour Unusualist set to astound – P15 E-EDITION Have you checked out the Whangarei Leader’s e-edition? It’s an electronic version of the paper. If for some reason your paper hasn’t been delivered or your away the e-edition is an easy way to stay in touch. Visit whangareileader.co.nz and click on Latest Edition in the blue bar under the masthead.
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