Van­dals at­tack Puke­ta­papa cam­paign

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - HUGH COLLINS

Can­di­dates on an Auck­land lo­cal board elec­tion ticket have had seven signs van­dalised - and they don’t be­lieve it’s a ran­dom at­tack.

On Au­gust 28 Paul Davie, of the Com­mu­nity In­de­pen­dents run­ning for the Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board, heard one of his signs had been dam­aged.

He sub­se­quently found a pat­tern when go­ing to check on oth­ers through­out the area.

The Block­house Bay real es­tate agent is run­ning on the ticket along­side his wife Kathryn Davie, Pra­tima Nand and Joseph Re­bello.

Davie is adamant it’s a tar­geted at­tack for the fact their signs were the only ones dam­aged right from Three Kings through to Lyn­field.

‘‘It was par­tic­u­larly tar­geted to Puke­ta­papa and over a wide area and it was the same sort of dam­age [through­out]… it’s not kids.

‘‘These peo­ple are run­ning around with craft knives, it’s not as if they’re just go­ing around and pulling them off.’’

Some of the faces on the signs were cut in a U-shape by the van­dals and folded down over the back of the board; dam­age Davie fixed him­self with screws.

He says his ticket has spent about $5000 on signs for the elec­tion.

Davie says he also re­ceived an ag­gres­sive email around a week ago from one of the op­po­si­tion can­di­dates.

The mes­sage crit­i­cised him and his wife Kathryn for run­ning for the lo­cal board.

‘‘Be­cause we live in Avon­dale and we’re stand­ing in the Whau and the Puke­ta­papa they called it ‘elec­toral crop dust­ing’.

‘‘The term of the email I re­ceived from them was pretty much along the lines of ‘how dare you stand in our area’.’’

Davie, who stood for Mt Roskill with the Con­ser­va­tive Party in the 2014 gen­eral elec­tion, says he’s stand­ing in Puke­ta­papa to sup­port two ‘‘very ded­i­cated com­mu­nity peo­ple’’ who wanted to put their name for­ward but didn’t have the elec­toral ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘So we’re stand­ing with [Re­bello and Nand] just to sup­port them and try and get them in the right place to help their com­mu­nity.’’

The signs have now all been re­paired by Davie him­self, with some of them hav­ing had to be com­pletely re­placed.

Davie plans to file a po­lice re­port.

The lo­cal body elec­tions will be held on Oc­to­ber 8.

Paul Davie be­lieves the at­tack is not a ran­dom act by kids.

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