Sculp­ture trail flags stolen

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By CIARA PRATT

A positive start to a community event has been marred by thieves.

Six­teen hand­made flags were stolen from the en­trance to the Har­bourview Sculp­ture trail in Te Atatu Penin­sula on the evening of March 18.

The 3-me­tre flu­o­res­cent flags were ripped off the bam­boo poles they were at­tached to some­time af­ter 6pm.

Project co-or­di­na­tor Holly Vaihu says the trail has 24-hour se­cu­rity. How­ever, guards did not see any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

‘‘Aside from the fact they were hand­made for free from lo­cal res­i­dent Louise Davis-Barr, it’s a real bum­mer they’ve gone be­cause it’s a dif­fi­cult lo­ca­tion for the pub­lic to find.

‘‘We’ve got a big week­end com­ing up and we don’t want peo­ple to lose us among ev­ery­thing that’s go­ing on.’’

She says the flags took a week and a half to make and are made from ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing ny­lon and can­vas.

‘‘They are rel­a­tively recog­nis­able and we en­cour­age who­ever took them to re­turn them to the lo­cal Z petrol sta­tion, no ques­tions asked.’’

This isn’t the first time thieves and van­dals have hit the sculp­ture trail since it opened on March 8.

About two weeks ago, sev­eral flags were stolen which or­gan­is­ers ‘‘took on the chin’’, Mrs Vaihu says.

A dis­play of 83,000 plas­tic spoons along­side Te Atatu Rd rep­re­sent­ing child poverty was also van­dalised when a ve­hi­cle was driven over the spoons.

A group of community mem­bers planned to get to­gether on March 19 to re-make some of the stolen flags.

Photo: STE­FAN MARKS

Miss­ing flags: Six­teen flags lin­ing the en­trance to the Har­bourview Sculp­ture Trail were stolen on March 18.

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