Western Leader : February 25th 2011
www.westernleader.co.nz Friday, February 25, 2011 Delicious lunch. Tasty offer. *Maximum of 4 guests per SuperGold cardholder. 50% discount applies to a maximum retail value of $12 per person. SuperGold card must be presented at time of payment. Half-price lunches for SuperGold cardholders* at Opanuku Café, Vision Waitakere Gardens Get a group together and come between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Friday to enjoy 50% off our delicious lunches. You'll find us at 15 Sel Peacock Drive, Henderson. Bookings are essential so please phone reception on 09 837 0512. BIG/VSL331/VWG3 Warriors play to raise aid for quake victims Sport fans are encouraged to get along to Albany s North Harbour Stadium tomorrow night and sup- port relief efforts in the wake of Tuesday s horror earthquake in Christchurch. The Vodafone Warriors will play the Manly Sea Eagles at 6pm and all profits generated through gate sales will go to relief efforts in the South Island. Red Cross volunteers will also work their way through the crowd collecting donations. Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust chairman Sir Peter Leitch and his wife Lady Janice have kicked off appeal efforts with a $20,000 cheque. Both urge Aucklanders to dig deep during the game and its 4pm curtainraiser featuring the Vodafone Junior Warriors and the Auckland Vulcans. To see our brothers and sisters in Christchurch going through such unbelievable tragedy is heartbreak- ing, Sir Peter says. We all feel so helpless being so far away up here in the north. We might not be able to roll up our sleeves and pitch in but we can help finance the essential relief operation that will no doubt go on for a long time yet. Donations can also be made direct to the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal online at www.redcross. org.nz. Gates to Saturday s match open at 3.30pm. Tickets can be bought at Tick- etek, North Harbour Stadium and selected Mad Butcher outlets. Ferry theft: Toroa Preservation Society spokesman Robert Brown is gutted the ferry yard has been burgled for the second time in six months and $60,000 worth of tools and machinery stolen. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY Old Toroa hit again By NICOLA MURPHY WORK to restore the old Toroa ferry has slowed after thieves raided its work site last Friday night. It is the second time the Toroa, which rests near the Lincoln Rd motorway interchange, has been targeted in six months. The first burglary happened in September when $30,000 worth of tools and machinery were stolen. Nearly double that was taken from the site on Friday, most of it belonging to the Toroa Preservation Society, a non-profit organisation dedicated to restoring the ferry to seaworthy condition. Other tools belonging to individuals were also stolen. Society spokesman Robert Brown is angry and disillusioned by the thefts and says many of the tools will be hard to replace. Some of the more valuable machinery was taken too, including a lathe which is used for shaping metal, a plasma cutter, air com- pressor and a 90cm-high bronze propeller blade. The team has insurance but the policy will not cover all of the loss. Thieves cut through the fence closest to the motorway and broke the padlocks on sheds and a con- tainer. The society had taken several security measures since September to avoid being hit again. They re good quality padlocks and fences, Mr Brown says. The theft occurred between 6pm, February 18, and 8am, February 19. Henderson burglary squad acting detective sergeant Joshua Meinsma says the forensics team attended the scene and obtained some items of interest. We are still waiting for these items to be processed and if any- thing comes back we will proceed from there. There are currently no leads apart from this possibility. Mr Brown is holding out hope some of the gear will be found or returned. A lot of it is engraved with the word Toroa, he says. The society has notified scrap metal dealers in the area. Mr Brown says the burglary has set the resto- ration of the ferry back slightly because it has been left out of pocket. Progress has been slow but steady, especially since it moved the Toroa from its old Birkenhead site to the new site on Selwood Rd. People always say not much is happening but there s been more progress on the inside in the last three years, Mr Brown says. The Toroa was launched in 1925 and is the only surviving double- ended steam ferry from the fleet that used to run between Auckland city and the North Shore. Mr Brown is looking forward to it being used for similar purposes. It will become a really good tour- ist attraction. Call Mr Meinsma on 839-0600 if you know anything about the theft.
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