Rocks on roof frighten woman
Another night, another random rock attack on Violet Wheeler’s home.
Over the past few months someone has thrown more than 40 rocks on to the roof of the woman’s house in Te Mata Rd, where her house backs on to Havelock North High School.
The rocks are usually thrown on to her roof in the middle of the night.
The 75-year-old is still living in fear as rocks continue to rain on her roof during all hours of the night.
The Havelock North resident has been terrorised for the past seven weeks and Flaxmere councillor Henare O’Keefe wants it to stop.
“She is effectively a prisoner in her own home with a life sentence,” Mr O’Keefe said.
Mr O’Keefe took tunutunu (his mobile barbecue) to Te Mata Rd last weekend in a bid to help bring the neighbourhood together.
“I feel for her. I think we can help. At the very least give her some moral support.”
He said he hopes to rally the neighbours around Ms Wheeler.
Mr O’Keefe said police could not be everywhere, they are under staffed and under resourced.
“I hope to bring the community together so they can look out for one another and start self-policing.”
He said, though this would hopefully be an effective solution, the best one was for the parents of the perpetrators to take ownership.
The most recent attack also saw lemons ripped off her trees, apples thrown in her yard and a number of “very rough” limestone rocks scattered around her property.
The attacks have been condemned by senior citizen services Grey Power and Age Concern. Hastings District councillor and chairman of Age Concern Havelock North, Wayne Bradshaw, said the attacks “defy logic“.
He said to do that to anyone, let alone a 75-year-old woman living alone, was ridiculous.
“There are scumbags in our community taking advantage of older people. They are vulnerable to getting ripped off, scammed and abused. Many of them don’t speak up as they ‘don’t want to be a bother’.
“We need to change our attitude toward the elderly. People forget, when we were younger our parents took care of us . . . we need to return the favour.”
Age Concern is happy to hear any concerns from older people or their carers, and can refer people to an elder abuse specialist.
Police have spoken to the woman’s neighbours and the adjacent school as part of their inquiries. They have also been doing regular patrols past the woman’s house at night.
Inspector Karl Bauerfeind said police were keen to hear from anyone who had information about who was responsible for the rock throwing.
“The offenders are likely to have bragged about it to their friends or even videoed it, so we’d like to speak to anyone who has heard something about it.”
Contact Constable Deb Potter on (06) 831-0700.
Age Concern Havelock North can be contacted on 877-6488.
We need to change our attitude toward the elderly. People forget, when we were younger our parents took care of us . . . we need to return the favour.’ — WAYNE BRADSHAW
TERRORISED: Violet Wheeler, 75, has been getting rocks and stones thrown on to her roof in Havelock North at night.