Speaker thieves si­lence Wood’s cam­paign van

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ELESHA EDMONDS

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’’.

ELESHA EDMONDS / FAIR­FAX NZ

Labour Party can­di­date Michael Wood has re­placed his van’s speak­ers.

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