Nor West News : February 12th 2015
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Thursday, February 12, 2015 Street view: Te Whare Oranga o Parakai is expected to open in March. Photo:JAKEMORGAN Crime scene: Helensville District Health Trust manager Charm Torrance and builder Barry Wilson survey the site of the break in after builders tidied up. Photo: JAKEMORGAN By CARYN WIGMORE THIEVES have plundered the House of Wellbeing, a new social enterprise hub being built for the community in the former Parakai Tavern. They stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment and vandalised the premises in the early hours of Saturday morning, just seven weeks before the newly renovated building was due to reopen. The Helensville District Health Trust is offering a $1000 reward for information that leads to recovery of the stolen goods. It is believed a group of people in a van are responsible for the heist carried out under the cover of noisy wind gusts. The attack has devastated Helensville District Health Trust which has been working with the community on the project. ‘‘Community money and energy has been going into it so it’s hurtful when something like this happens,’’ trust manager Charm Torrance says. ‘‘We are extremely disappointed that this has occurred with so many individuals in our community having worked incredibly hard to transform the former Parakai Tavern into a place of wellbeing for all in South Kaipara community to use, experience and Weare extremely disappointed that this has occurred with so many individuals in our community having worked incredibly hard to transform the former Parakai Tavern into a place of wellbeing for all in South Kaipara community to use, experience and benefit from ❝ – Charm Torrance benefit from,’’ Torrance says. The offenders cut newly con- nected copper wiring and caused minor flooding by leaving the taps running. ‘‘The electrician thinks that who- ever cut the wiring may have got a shock because it was live,’’ she says. ‘‘I think they had intended to steal it but decided not to. ‘‘Obviously somebody had the nouse to know the alarms were off in the building because we were rewiring the whole place.’’ The culprits stole copper piping, a brand new hot water cylinder with fittings and a new mobility scooter which a member of the public had donated to the trust. The cylinder, which was just about to be installed, and the scooter were each worth thousands of dollars. ‘‘We’re spending thousands and thousands on this building,’’ Torrance says. ‘‘Nobody is going to benefit except the community.’’ The new centre’s Maori name is Te Whare Oranga o Parakai and it will focus on health, education, produce grown in the district, nor-west businesses and budding entrepreneurs. It is partly funded by SkyCity Auckland Community Trust and the ASB Bank. The Helensville Dis- trict Health Trust says the development is its most innovative project in 25 years. The building was gifted by the Parakai Licensing Trust in 2013 and the trust has been working closely in partner- YOUR CHILDREN ARE AMAZING ALREADY. WE JUST HELP THEM PROVE IT. Striving forward: Burglary victim Helensville District Health Trust manager Charm Torrance remains positive and determined to carry on with the development. Photo: JAKEMORGAN ship with Ngati Whatua Nga Rima and Unitec to redevelop it ever since. Builders now face more pressure but the trust is confident the centre can still open as planned on March 28, Torrance says. ‘‘We were all very devastated over the weekend but we’ve picked ourselves up and we will carry on.’’ ❚ Members of the community are invited to the hub’s inaugural Harvest Market on March 29 from 10am-2pm. ❚ Phone Helensville police station on 09 420 8967, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or New Zealand Police Communications on 09 571 2800 with information. From New Entrant to Year 11, NumberWorks’nWords afterschool tuition brings out the best in Kiwi students by: • tailoring lessons according to each individual’s needs • setting achievable goals and monitoring their progress • developing our own programmes using only qualified Maths and English experts 836 3123 Maths & English FREE ASSESSMENT – BOOK NOW!
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