Memorial’s sword stolen
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.