Sense­less act costs cen­tre

South Waikato News - - Out & About - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

A sense­less act of van­dal­ism has put a Toko­roa Early Child­hood cen­tre thou­sands out of pocket.

Com­ing back from a re­fresh­ing Easter break was bit­ter sweet for the chil­dren and staff at St Luke’s Mokop­una & Tamariki Apii Pu­nanga as they re­turned to find the cen­tre had been the tar­get of arsonists.

Man­ager Poko Natua re­ceived a call from the main­te­nance of­fi­cer in­form­ing her of the dam­age.

Two shade canopies hang­ing above the chil­dren’s play­ground and sand­pit had been dam­aged.

Singed holes of melted plas­tic ran­domly lined the canopies in an act de­scribed by Natua as ‘‘sense­less’’ and ‘‘stupid’’.

‘‘These two sun shades to­gether are $21,000. We had to or­der them from Tau­ranga so now it’s worth noth­ing.’’

She said the chil­drens’ play­ground has been van­dalised over the years but the lat­est ar­son at­tack was a first.

‘‘We’ve had peo­ple com­ing through and push­ing our equip­ment away or else play in the sand­pit and leave a whole lot of mess.’’

With no in­sur­ance to re­place the canopies Natua said they would have to fundraise or ap­ply for fund­ing for the re­place­ments.

‘‘We didn’t think things like that would hap­pen. We need this sun­shade.’’

Un­able to hide the dam­age she said the chil­dren kept point­ing and ask­ing what hap­pened.

‘‘They said mama look what hap­pened.

‘‘We don’t mind the kids play­ing in the week­end but what hap­pens is they turn all our things over and come Mon­day we have to put it back in place.’’

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact the Toko­roa Po­lice.

Sense­less van­dal­ism at St Luke’s Mokop­una & Tamariki Apii Pu­nanga Reo have left chil­dren and staff shocked.

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