Nor West News : February 7th 2013
Thursday, February 7, 2013 Saint Kentigern Don't run for nothing. Your registration fee supports charity. Register now! www.roundthebays.co.nz Ports of Auckland Round the Bays TODAY Kiwi kimono Shifting sticks ONLINE E-EDITION Mum Sharon Tier-Noble is behind Whenuapai resident Stephanie Noble's fashion success at the Wellington Cup -- P3 Blair Hopping reflects on his 13-year international hockey career and an impressive 264 games for New Zealand -- P14 Variety and diversity rang out from the Kumeu Showgrounds at the Auckland Folk Festival. Go to nor- westnews.co.nz to check out more photos. We're a truly multimedia publication. Visit our website for breaking news, top columns and blogs. Each issue of the Nor-west News is replicated electronically with extra content so you can enjoy it on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Go to nor- westnews.co.nz to see for yourself. A shocking theft By CARYN WIGMORE Remaining stock, left: These goats could have escaped on to the busy road after the theft. Missing pony: The skewbald filly snatched from a farm in Taupaki. Crime scene: The hole thieves cut to snatch the miniature pony. Photo: CARYN WIGMORE ELECTRIC FENCE CUT TO STEAL PONY ' She was crying and crying. People who do that have got no conscience. ' -- Bryan Jackson Taupaki THIEVES endured electric shocks when they snatched a miniature pony from a farm in Taupaki. They cut a live fence to steal a skewbald brown and white horse overnight from the Nixon Rd property. Resident Bryan Jackson says the culprits cut the wires, folded them back per- fectly and led the animal through the battery-powered fence. They've had a few bashes when they cut it,'' he says. They were lucky it wasn't connected to the mains or we would've heard a squeak up at the house.'' Mr Jackson was looking after the filly named Zizi, 16 goats and a steer for six months to help a Massey man. He urgently needed some land for his stock because he had to get off where he was.'' The goats could have been killed by cars if they had escaped through the hole in the fence which fronts a busy road. Mr Jackson believes culp- rits had been scanning his property for the best place to cut the fence. A little girl who owned the pony was heartbroken by the brazen theft of her first pet. She was crying and cry- ing. People who do that have got no conscience.'' The pony was wearing a blue webbing halter. It has four white feet and white colouring in its mane and tail. It would have proved easy to catch because it was too friendly for its own good,'' he says. The horse, goats and steer were good friends and usually kept together. But thieves struck when the goats strayed further afield, Mr Jackson says. If the goats were around her we would have heard up in the house. They kick up bobsy-die and follow you if they think you have a loaf of bread.'' Phone Kumeu police on 412 7756 with any information.
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