Dam­age to two waka frus­trates ca­noe club

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Mem­bers of a Porirua waka ama club are up­set and dumb­founded fol­low­ing van­dal­ism attacks on two of their ves­sels.

The Mana Pasi­fika Outrig­ger Ca­noe Club, based at Ngati­toa Do­main, has two waka, locked up on cra­dles, down the side of the Sea Scout build­ing. Mem­bers found one float­ing in the wa­ter among rocks on the morn­ing of Septem­ber 26. A day later they found the other, still on its cra­dle but bro­ken in two.

The lat­ter is used for prac­tice by world cham­pion Grant Bar­rib­all.

Club mem­ber Se­lena Katene says the fact the van­dal­ism was likely to have been car­ried out over two nights is es­pe­cially galling.

‘‘It sucks, not a nice thing to hap­pen and we just can’t fig­ure out why. One is still us­able but is re­ally scratched up, while the other is to­tally wrecked. It can be fixed, but it’ll cost a lot of money.’’

She con­tacted the me­dia to raise aware­ness of the prob­lem and to ask for lo­cal peo­ple to be vig­i­lant and con­tact po­lice if they see any­thing sus­pi­cious in the area. Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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