Van­dals de­stroy toi­lets at One­hunga Re­serve

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - ELESHA ED­MONDS

Sinks were hang­ing from the wall, the toi­lets were smashed and the cu­bi­cle walls were ly­ing on the ground.

It was a sight Kerry Martin and Steve Grant, own­ers of Rixen Cable­ways Ltd, didn’t want to see when they ar­rived at One­hunga Bay Re­serve in Auck­land on Sun­day morn­ing.

Martin says the re­serve’s toi­let block had been ‘‘ab­so­lutely de­stroyed’’.

‘‘Some­one has had a crazy episode of some kind,’’ he says.

‘‘You don’t ex­pect some­one to break into a toi­let.’’

Martin says graf­fiti was tagged all over the build­ing and on the grass out the front.

The win­dow of the cable park’s stor­age room, which is at­tached to the toi­let block, had also been bro­ken and bot­tles of co­conut wa­ter and a flash­light were miss­ing.

Martin says se­cu­rity in the area hasn’t been a big prob­lem since they es­tab­lished the cable park at the la­goon ear­lier this year.

‘‘When we started go­ing down to the cable park there was tag­ging but it stopped.

‘‘As we eased up on op­er­a­tions it started com­ing back.’’

Auck­land Coun­cil’s cen­tral/ west op­er­a­tions man­ager Janny Thomp­son says the toi­lets are locked each night so the dam­age must have oc­curred on Satur­day evening when they were open to the pub­lic.

Thomp­son says con­trac­tors are in the process of as­sess­ing the dam­age to the toi­let block.

‘‘We aim to have re­pairs com­pleted and the fa­cil­i­ties re­opened as soon as pos­si­ble.

‘‘Once we have con­firmed a time­frame for re­pairs, we will in­stall sig­nage to ad­vise when we ex­pect the toi­lets to re­open.’’

The toi­let’s pip­ing was ex­ten­sively dam­aged and will need to be re­placed. The van­dals also tagged the in­side and out­side of the toi­let block.

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