Speaker thieves silence Wood’s campaign van
A Labour Party candidate’s election campaign was nearly silenced by speaker thieves - for the second time.
The red election van with Michael Wood’s face plastered to its side is a common fixture in Mt Roskill.
Wood - who is running for Labour MP Phil Goff’s Mt Roskill seat - had been holding street corner meetings from the van and using its external speaker system to broadcast his campaign messages.
That was until thieves took the opportunity to take the speakers after Wood left the van parked on the street outside of his Mt Roskill house earlier this month.
It wasn’t the first time the speakers had been stolen. Earlier this year the speakers were taken during the night after a staff member had parked the van on an Onehunga street. The speakers have since been replaced and Wood says the audio technicians were amazed the thieves had managed to remove them.
Scores of loudspeakers and fire alarms have also been stolen from around the community to be used by youths in ‘‘battles’’. The mobile sound systems are strapped to handlebars of bikes and used in competitions where the one with the loudest music is crowned ‘‘Siren King’’.
Labour Party candidate Michael Wood has replaced his van’s speakers.