Me­mo­rial’s sword stolen

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PASLEY

A war me­mo­rial sol­dier’s sword has be­come a hot tar­get for Auck­land thieves.

In Novem­ber the sword at­tached to the Boer War Me­mo­rial in Al­bert Park was stolen, and it’s not the first time.

In fact, it’s hap­pened so of­ten the replacement swords are no longer made of ex­pen­sive mar­ble like the rest of the me­mo­rial. In­stead they are made from resin and at­tached by metal pins.

The statue is a re­minder of the New Zealand troops who died in the South African War be­tween 1899 and 1902.

Auck­land Coun­cil man­ager of arts and cul­ture Richard McWha said the orig­i­nal sword was stolen ‘‘many years ago’’ and since then its re­place­ments were stolen or dam­aged pe­ri­od­i­cally.

The sword was taken by force and there was no guar­an­tee it would still be in one piece, he McWha.

A new plas­tic sword has since been fit­ted onto the me­mo­rial.

Parkin­son and Bouskill makes, ren­o­vates and fixes me­mo­ri­als. Its owner Peter Gib­son said if some­one was de­ter­mined enough to steal the sword they would.

‘‘It’s got a fence around it, short of elec­tri­fy­ing it there’s not much that can be done,’’ Gib­son said.

Auck­land Coun­cil re­sponds to mul­ti­ple van­dal­ism and clean up call outs ev­ery day. In April it re­ceived 155 call­outs for dam­age in the cen­tral city rang­ing from il­le­gal dump­ing to dam­aged signs.

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