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This week Rexine Hawes re­ports on a school dev­as­tated by thieves who have tar­geted the place of learn­ing twice in the past year. Te Kura o Wa­haroa, with 42 stu­dents, had valu­able tech­nol­ogy equip­ment taken, set­ting the school back, dis­ap­point­ing teach­ers and con­fus­ing stu­dents who are at a loss to un­der­stand why peo­ple would want to steal from a kura. The thieves are un­likely to be able to on-sell the equip­ment, or even use it, be­cause some of the de­vices have se­cu­rity mea­sures which will send an alert as soon as they are ac­ti­vated. It ap­pears the school moved fast af­ter the first break-in to up­grade its se­cu­rity to pro­tect its valu­able re­sources. I’m not sure what else it could have done to stop a sec­ond break-in. Se­cu­rity cam­eras or guards? Are we at the stage now where ru­ral New Zealand schools have to go to ex­treme mea­sures to pro­tect their equip­ment? The school is back­ing po­lice work to re­cover the rest of the equip­ment and ask for com­mu­nity to pass on any in­for­ma­tion.

Lawrence Gullery

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